Fig and Strawberry Tart
Fresh figs and strawberries are baked together with a hazelnut-infused cream to make a sweet, and slightly crunchy filling.
For the Crust:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
For the Filling:
- 3/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted
- 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons Armagnac, or other brandy, such as cognac
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 8 ounces figs (about 7), trimmed and halved lengthwise
- 8 ounces strawberries (1 1/2 cups), halved if large
- Garnish: whipped cream
Make the crust: Pulse flour, granulated sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor until combined. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with some larger pieces remaining, about 10 seconds.
Drizzle 1/4 cup ice water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture just begins to hold together (it should not be wet or sticky). If dough is too dry, add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse. Press dough into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour or overnight.
Roll dough to a 14-inch circle (1/8 inch thick) on a floured surface. Fit dough into bottom and up sides of a 10-inch fluted round tart pan with a removable bottom. Trim excess dough flush with edges of pan using a knife. Refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prick bottom of tart shell all over with a fork, and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove weights, and bake until set, about 5 minutes more. Let cool. Leave oven on.
Make the filling: Pulse hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. Add sugars, zest, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; pulse to combine. Add butter, Armagnac, eggs, and vanilla; pulse until mixture is almost smooth.
Spread filling evenly into tart shell. Top with figs and strawberries. Bake for 30 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees; bake until set and dark brown on top, about 1 hour more. Garnish with whipped cream.
SourceMartha Stewart Living, June 2010