Fig, Mascarpone, and Pistachio Tart

INGREDIENTS:
makes one 9″ tart, or six 4.5″ tart, or ~32 mini tartlettes

for pastry:

  • 240 gr AP flour
  • 65 gr shelled raw pistachios
  • 50 gr sugar
  • 7 Tbspn butter, cold
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3-4 Tbspn water, cold

METHOD:

  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, pistachios, and sugar and process until the pistachios are finely ground.
  2. Using the food processor or a pastry cutter, cut the cold butter into the flour mixture until the size of small peas.
  3. Add the egg yolk and gradually add the water just until a dough begins to form when you press it between two fingers. Do not overmix.
  4. Form the pastry into a ball and refrigerate for at least one hour. (or stick it in the freezer for a shorter amount of time.)
  5. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
  6. Remove the pastry dough from the fridge and press the dough into the tart pan. Prick the bottom of the dough all over with a fork, cover with parchment paper, and weigh down using dry beans or pie weights. Return to freezer for a few minutes if the dough has softened.
  7. Bake for ~13-15 minutes until the edges just begin to turn golden. Remove the beans and parchment paper and continue to bake for 3-5 minutes more, until the crust has completely turned golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool.

for filling:

  • 450 gr mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tspn vanilla extract
  • freshly grated zest of 1 lemon

METHOD:

  1. In a mixer bowl with the whisk attachment, whip the mascarpone, brown sugar, and heavy cream on medium high until soft peaks.
  2. Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest and continue to whip just until stiff peaks. Do not overmix.
  3. Spoon the filling into the cooled tart shell, and smooth with a spatula.

for topping:

  • 2 punnets figs
  • 2 Tbspn honey
  • 2 Tbspn raspberry jam (or fig or apricot, or any mixture thereof)

METHOD:

  1. Cut the figs into quarters and arrange on top of the mascarpone tart filling.
  2. Warm the honey and jam together, either over the stove or in the microwave. Brush over the arranged figs.
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