Honey Roasted Fig and Almond Tart
Charlotte says (in a forest accent): 'this is the best tarrrrt I ever 'ad'
And she may well be right. This delicious, sweet pie is a refreshing alternative to the traditional common all garden apple variety - and luckily for me, fresh figs were common as muck when I went to stay with the Lovely Lucy in France - she had hundreds in her garden.
So, for the following pie, I used fresh, slightly squished figs from the South of France (ooh er). And, to top it all I MADE MY OWN PASTRY. Now, we're not ones to cheat in the Keston Kitchen, but ready made pastry has always been an acceptable cheating (because our mums do it). However, one of the perils of midnight baking is that you have a limited selection of late night shops, and the sad truth is, they just aren't geared up to cater for midnight bakers. So, I found myself at 11.45 making my own goddamn shortcrust.
And what a discovery! It's actually quite easy - and very tasty. Perhaps not as pleasing on the eye as the smooth shop bought variety, but that all adds to the rustic look (I tell myself).
The tart was in honour of a girly evening at Charm's. I precooked the tart and assembled the pastry and filling in the midnight hours, then simply popped it in the oven when I got to Charm's so it was nice and fresh after dinner. And what a dinner it was. Myself and the girls are really hoping Charm will make a guest appearance soon on the blog, as her homemade curry is unrivalled.
I hope you will enjoy this recipe - courtesy of Good Food Magazine (see our 'Food Heroes' section - Charl has a monthly subscription). Let me know if you make it and what you think.
Figs are so sweet, delicious and juicy,
I am so glad I visited Lucy
Gathering fruit without a care
That I managed to get back on Ryan Air
Without paying any extra dough
Oh the wonderful fig, I love you so.