Fig Tart with Cream Cheese Filling


This crust is a little harder to roll out than regular dough because it is more crumbly, so chill it first, which will make it easier to handle.


For the crust

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • Nonstick cooking spray

For the filling

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • ½ cup creme fraiche

  • 1 ½ tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 pint black or purple figs, stemmed and quartered

For the glaze

  • ¼ cup fig or red-currant jam

  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine


  1. Cream together butter and granulated sugar in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 2 minutes. Add yolks, and mix just to combine. Whisk together dry ingredients, and add to yolk mixture; mix just until it comes together loosely. Transfer the dough to plastic wrap, press together, and transfer to the refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes, until firm.

  2. Prepare a 4 1/2-by-14-inch rectangular fluted tart tin with cooking spray. Roll out dough between two pieces of plastic wrap to about 1/8-inch thickness. Discard the top plastic wrap, and gently invert dough over the prepared tart tin. Discard the remaining piece of plastic wrap. Press dough into tin, and trim so dough is flush with edges. Repair tears or cracks by pressing together dough with your fingers. Place in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.

  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prick crust all over with a fork, and bake on the middle rack of oven until crust begins to color, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. When cool, remove from the pan. Place on a serving platter or board.

  4. Place cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer, and beat until smooth. Add creme fraiche and confectioners' sugar, and beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Transfer to the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Spread filling into cooled crust, and arrange figs on top, pressing them in slightly.

  5. To make glaze, combine the jam and wine in a small saucepan. Set over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, and simmer until mixture is thick and syrupy, about 2 minutes. Cool slightly, and brush warm glaze over figs with a pastry brush. Chill the tart in the refrigerator if not serving right away. Serve within several hours.

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