Fig and Cream Cheese Tarts

Fig and Cream Cheese Tarts
Staff Writer
Anne Dolce
Fig and Cream Cheese Tarts

As soon as I saw their robust, plump, and purple bodies at the farmer's market stand, I knew I had to take them home. I'm not much of a baker, but when it comes to figs, there's little else I'd rather do with them then create something sweet. I took a fairly easy route, which I think you'll agree with, and the results were phenomenal. 

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5
Servings
534
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour, for dusting
  • 12  Ounces  puff pastry
  • 10  figs, stemmed and halved
  • 4  Ounces  cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4  Cup  brown sugar
  • 4  Tablespoons  unsalted butter, melted

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly dust with flour. Cut the puff pastry into 5 equal rectangles and lay out on the baking sheet. If the puff pastry rectangles become too soft, put the baking sheet in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to let them harden again. Spread the cream cheese evenly on top of each rectangle, leaving about a ½-inch space for the crust (I like using a small butter knife for this because it gives you the perfect angle without puncturing the puff pastry).

Lay the fig halves, flesh side up, onto each puff pastry, about 3 per sheet. Crimp the edges of each puff pastry so that there's crust surrounding the figs. Lightly sprinkle the figs with the brown sugar, and brush the crusts of the puff pastry with the melted butter. Bake in the oven until the figs have cooked down and the crusts are golden brown, 20-25 minutes. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
12g
50%
Cholesterol
20mg
7%
Carbohydrate, by difference
47g
36%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
68µg
10%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
11µg
12%
Calcium, Ca
37mg
4%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
75µg
19%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
16mg
5%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
77mg
11%
Selenium, Se
17µg
31%
Sodium, Na
365mg
24%
Water
19g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Fig Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Fig Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.