Fig Tart

by Eddy Van Damme on July 11, 2011

Figs are at their best when enhanced with recognizable but non overpowering flavors. For many fig varieties, I like to use mascarpone or a white chocolate cream, which improves the delicate sweetness of the fig and consequently increase its flavor.  Figs love to be in company of honey, white chocolate, Rum, Amaretto, mascarpone, oranges, toasted almonds, Port….

The miniature figs I used here were grown in Texas and given to me by Marcel, a great student of mine.

White Chocolate and Orange Cremeux

Yield: 10-12 tart shells

8 oz Whipping cream 240 g
8 oz Milk 240 g
½ Vanilla bean ½
5 Egg yolks 5
1 oz Honey 30 g
2-3 Gelatin leaves, bloomed 2-3
9 oz White chocolate 270 g
2 oz Candied orange peel 60 g
0.5 oz Grand Marnier (optional) 15 g


  1. Pay close attention to the method and temperatures to avoid a disappointing result.
  2. Bring the cream, milk and vanilla bean to a boil in a small saucepan. Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk the egg yolks smooth and very rapidly whisk in the honey.
  3. Pour a quarter of the boiling cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture and whisk quickly. Pour the tempered egg mixture into the heated cream and on low heat stir the mixture to 183⁰F (81⁰C) while CONSTANTLY stirring using a rubber spatula. Remove from heat and pour into another bowl to stop the cooking process.
  4. Add the bloomed gelatin. Stir in the chopped chocolate. Chop the candied orange peel and add along with Grand Marnier.
  5. Set and stir over ice to 40°F (4°C). Pour into prebaked tart shells and allow to set in a refrigerator.
  6. Decorate with figs and finish with neutral glaze.


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5 comments on “Fig Tart

  1. Diana Wallace on said:

    Beautiful!! I love figs!!!

  2. Figs are one of my favorite fruits that have anti-oxidants to heal the human skin.

  3. Brenda Mata on said:

    When I saw figs Ijust knew In had to try to make this dessert and my aunt has a fig tree so i know I will make this when she comes into town

  4. valerie alexander on said:

    i love figs and this recipe looks so decadent. I cant wait to try it.

  5. Andrea Angulo on said:

    I dont think i have ever tried a fig.. with that said i dont know what it would taste like with candied orange. Also do you not have to peel the fig? i like the rugged look this tart has. the whole figs look very appetizing.

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