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Fig Tartlets Recipe

The first time I had a fig tart in my hands, I was mesmerized.

Each bite was filled with so much flavor, and the combination of sweet and tart flavors made it irresistible.

What ingredients are needed to make fig tartlets?

To make these fig tartlets, you will need the following:

Pastry: 2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 3/4 cup butter, 3/4 cup chilled shortening.

Filling: 1 and 1/2 cups cream, 1 cup milk, 1 pinch of salt.

Figs: 4 medium size ripe figs

  • Equipment: 9-inch pie plate

How long does it take to prepare fig tartlets?

Fig tartlets recipe is one of the easiest desserts to make.

You can make them within minutes, if you want to impress your friends at a dinner party.

First, you will need to prepare the crust.

It should be rolled out fairly thin but not too thin.

The dough should be rolled out into a rectangle and there should be no cracks or holes.

The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.

Then, put it on a baking tray and spread it with melted butter so it’s covered by 1/2 inch of butter.

Next, in order to form a nice round shape for the tartlets, press the dough into the baking tray while making sure there are no cracks and holes left between the dough and the baking tray.

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What type of pastry is used for fig tartlets?

Fig tartlets are a type of pastry that have been made for hundreds of years.

They are most popular in Italy, but are also well-known in France and the United Kingdom.

In fact, their popularity has spread all over the world, especially since the turn of the century.

These fig tartlets can be found in bakeries, specialty stores or supermarkets.

How do you make the pastry for fig tartlets?

A good pastry will produce a flaky crust. It just has to be made correctly.

Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.

Place all the ingredients in a bowl (except the butter) and mix well to combine.

Make sure that there is enough flour on your work surface so that the dough can easily be rolled out.

Add a few drops of water, if needed, to help bring the dough together.

How much sugar is required for the fig tartlets filling?

Fig tartlets require a sweet filling with a touch of tartness.

They are sweet, but not overly so.

The sugar content depends on the fruit used.

Fresh figs have a lower sugar content than dried figs, and you can adjust the amount of sugar in the filling to taste.

Use 1/3 cup sugar for every cup of chopped figs.

How do you ensure the fig tartlets are cooked through ?

To ensure the fig tartlets are cooked through, you’ll want to follow the tutorial I post on how to stop tartlets from cooking into moons.

The trick is to blind bake the tartlets by baking them in a pan covered with plastic wrap.

The heat will cook the figs and ensure they remain juicy and tender.

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What type of figs are best to use for fig tartlets ?

Figs have a very distinctive flavor.

They are sweet and have an underlying hint of tartness.

The best figs to use for this recipe are green, golden or black and should be firm with a smooth skin.

You can buy figs at the supermarket in different varieties, but for the best results when making fig tartlets, you should choose dark or purple varieties.

If the figs are very ripe and the skin has turned yellow, you should discard them.

Figs that are very fresh and firm will definitely work best for this recipe.

Is it possible to make fig tartlets without adding any sugar ?

The simple answer to the question “can you make fig tartlets without adding any sugar ?” is yes, but it takes a lot of time, effort and patience.

There are some recipes for fig tarts that use only applesauce or other natural sweeteners, such as honey or agave nectar.

But making your own recipe from scratch isn’t that difficult.

It just takes time and ingredients.

For example, you may have to spend a few hours making the crust or filling.

On the other hand, if you already have the ingredients to start your fig tart recipe, then it only needs some baking time before enjoying the dessert with your family and friends.

Are there any variations of the fig tartlets recipe ?

I have been making fig tartlets for so long, some of my friends and family members think they are my “favorite” meal (they might be right).

As you can see, there are no variations of these beautiful tartlets.

I am just not a fan of adding additional sugar to desserts (never would I add any on top of my pancakes, but as you can see, it is all about the topping with this perfect little bite).

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What type of topping can be added to the fig tartlets ?

Since figs are naturally sweet, you can use brown butter or honey as a sweetener.

You can also use granulated sugar to sweeten the tartlets.

However, the natural sweetness of the figs is perfect even when there is just a touch of sugar.

These fig tartlets are traditionally filled with custard and topped with sliced fresh figs.

However, you can experiment with other fillings and toppings to create your own unique recipe.

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Fig Tartlets Recipe

Each bite was filled with so much flavor , and the combination of sweet and tart flavors made it irresistible.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic
Keyword: Fig Tartlets Recipe
Servings: 3
Calories: 222kcal


  • 1 Oven


  • 4 fresh figs
  • vanilla ice cream or cream to serve
  • 4 fresh figs
  • 1 sheet
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter melted
  • 2 teaspoons superfine (castor) sugar
  • 4 teaspoons ground almonds
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • vanilla ice cream or cream to serve


  • Heat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Use parchment baking paper to line a baking pan.
  • Wash figs, remove stems, and cut each fig into six pieces lengthwise.
    Puff pastry should be cut into 5 in./13 cm rounds. Within each, trace (but do not completely cut through) a 4 in./10 cm circle. (Cut pastry circles using a tiny saucer or mini pie pan as a reference; measurements need not be perfect; only what will fit on the puff pastry sheet.)
  • Each pastry round should be coated with melted butter.
    Sprinkle and distribute 12 teaspoon sugar and 1 teaspoon crushed almonds onto each pastry round inside the inner circle. Next, layer overlapping fig slices on the dough while maintaining the inner circle.
    Slices of fig are brushed with any residual butter, dusted with cinnamon, and have half of the honey drizzled over them.
  • When the crust is puffed and golden and the figs are tender, bake for 15 to 18 minutes.
    Add the remaining honey and drizzle. Serve warm with cream or vanilla ice cream.



Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 133g | Saturated Fat: 123g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 123g | Sodium: 134mg | Sugar: 232g | Vitamin A: 344IU | Calcium: 1113mg | Iron: 1mg
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