Rustic Fig and Ricotta Tart

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Again I struck gold at Whole Foods, this time it was with fresh organic figs and even better than that was the price, only three dollars a pint!

Sometimes when I buy fresh figs even though they look and feel ripe, when I get them home they have no flavor at all, does that ever happen to you?

Not the case here, they were all you would ever want in a fig, perfectly ripe, plump and oh so sweet!

I’m dedicating this post to my friend Stacey because she is a true figaholic, if you don’t believe me go check out her blog she has a ton of fig recipes, sweet and savory, all good! If we lived closer I would have brought this over to her house to share.

I love making rustic tarts, nothing sophisticated about them, easy to make, very casual and homey. You can make your own pastry dough or use a good refrigerated one as I did, I’ve had it both ways and it’s equally as good.

For the Ricotta Filling:
1lb ricotta
2 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
Orange zest
Heaping tablespoon of orange marmalade
Pinch of cinnamon
Beat together on low speed until all incorporated

On a baking sheet place parchment paper, then place your dough round on top of that and prick the bottom with a fork.
Spread ricotta mixture all over except where you’re going to be folding the edges up. Then place figs on top.
Brush the top with a beaten egg or milk, bake at 375F until golden brown, check the bottom with a spatula to make sure it has a nice brown color.

While still warm you can glaze the top with a warmed up preserve if you like.

I had a few figs left over so I decided to make myself a little afternoon treat, this time I decided to caramelize my figs by dipping them cut side down on a plate sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon then placing them down on a grill pan for just a few minutes until caramelized. Place them in a pretty bowl on top of some fat free greek yogurt add a drizzle of honey and crunchy pistachios! It was sinfully good, hope you give it a try!

Buon Appetito

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  1. #!@$#%&^%#$@!!!!!

    Sorry, that was the sound of my laptop falling off my, well, lap.


    Can’t decide which I want more, the tart or the “treat” you just happened to throw together.

    Va bene!

  2. I looked at figs yesterday but chickened out! I must get braver! Also, I’m making your ricotta amaretto peaches for company tonight. That is one of my favourite recipes. THANK YOU!

  3. Marie – I didn’t think you could top your last fig tart, but you did manage to. And yes, if you lived near Stacey, she’d be eating more than half that tart – but you’d need to save me a slice too! BTW, sometimes I buy fresh figs that are tasteless too. I’m waiting for figs my friends’ fig trees to ripen for the best flavor.

  4. Either dessert would be right up my alley Marie. We have been figless latley but I am hopeful they will come in soon!!

  5. What can I say?
    I am afraid to go to Whole Foods today in fear that they won’t have the figs in NJ yet….it’s so early!
    This is GORGEOUS! but you knew I would say that.
    I haven’t talked about figs in 10 months, but look out……..
    Thank you for the virtual slice.

  6. Sounds good. I’ve only tried dried figs, never fresh.

  7. Gorgeous, this goes on my dinner list for the week

  8. ate my share of figs in Calabria recently… can’t get enough of them! very nice Marie.

  9. Oh I’ve got to get some figs…like right now!!

  10. Fantastic! We have a 6 foot fig tree growing in a big pot in our backyard and the figs are half way ripe..I can’t wait! If we can hold off eating them all as soon as we take them off the tree I’d love to make this tart 🙂

  11. Growing up my parents grew figs.. I had a tree right outside my bedroom window. I can never get enough! I’m with Val, we too are out of fresh figs here.. now I’m sad because I love LOVE your recipe here Marie!! I’m going to go check out Stacey’s fig recipes too!!

    HUgs ♥

  12. Figs are one of my favorite too, Marie. I’ve been waiting (not too patiently) for them to arrive at my Whole Foods. None yet. This is just a gorgeous tart. Thanks for this yummy recipe!

  13. I adore caramelized figs! It’s wonderful that you put them to use in a sweet and savory galette!

  14. Beautiful tart! I can’t wait for fig season to try your recipe!

  15. Can someone please explain why my local Whole Foods doesn’t have figs yet? It’s making me so sad!

    This tart looks fantastic! I adore figs. I bet this would be great in pizza form!

  16. Both tart dishes look wonderful. I might just have to go out and pick up some figs myself. Love them, too!

  17. Love this tart!

  18. What I love about rustic tarts, is how easy they are to make. I keep forgetting to make ricotta filling (remember my Easter ricotta pie). Ricotta and orange are great pairings. I’m so there with this one. I’m keeping my eyes wide open for figs. So far, nothing at the California Whole Foods…but, watch out! I’ve so missed not having any time to blog or visit blogs. I’m glad I did today. Yummy!

  19. I am starting to see figs in the village markets and this tart is a perfect inspiration Marie!

  20. You know, I had the next two night’s meals planned. And then I go to Proud Italian Cook and I’m ready to fly to Chicago to find fresh figs. Have fresh ricotta but alas and alack no figs. But when I do…. this will be made. I’m a fortune teller. I know. And yes, because of the travelling figs do to MN – sometimes they lack ripeness and flavor. Your tart is mighty fine. Mighty fine indeed.

  21. Wow….another hit out of the park. Sweet! 😉

  22. Struck gold! I’d say so!

  23. I don’t know what sounds more delicious – the tart, or the caramelized figs with yogurt! I do know that I continue to be on the lookout for fresh figs!

  24. Your fig dishes look absolutely delish!!! I just discovered how much i love figs and i’m going to try one of your dishes over the weekend.

    I love your blog — your egg dishes look wonderful also.

  25. Pretty good post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon.

  26. Oh my, wonderful fig dishes. I am so frustrated right now because I can’t find figs and my husband wants fig jam. Now I want to make more stuff.


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