One of the recipes for TWD this week was for the Honey-Almond Fig Tart, which was chosen by Kayte the Great from Grandma's Kitchen Table. She’s posted the recipe along with an alternative to figs using grapefruit. Her tart looks delicious! I wouldn’t say my laziness got the best of me, as you can see my little tartlets with those premade mini phyllo shells, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to find figs—and I actually looked and did not find them. But I also knew I couldn’t subject myself to eating another tart. I love the crust, not to mention whatever happens to be inside one!
So I improvised and made half the recipe of almond cream. While looking for the figs at Whole Foods, I came upon some of the cutest little apples I’ve ever seen called Lady Apples. So I bought a bunch and thought these would be perfect for adding to the tarts. I then topped them with a couple of pomegranate arils for some color.
I only made 15 tarts with the mini phyllo cups so it only took a couple of apples to fill the tarts. I sauteed the apples in a little butter and brown sugar first.
I put the almond cream in a pastry bag and piped some of it into each tart. I just put one slice of apple on the top of each one.
I know what you’re thinking—those look great, Katrina. Well, I wouldn’t want you to think I’m perfect or anything, so here’s the deal. I filled each tart with a bit too much almond cream—so they overflowed a bit.
All was not lost. I think I made them look alright.
And what was even better—they taste great! And I don’t feel quite so guilty about eating one or two rather than a slice or two or three of a real tart‘
What great thoughts Kayte also shared about baking along with this Tuesdays With Dorie group. And I totally agree—it’s been so fun to learn new skills with baking and to “meet” so many wonderful people! We’ll be starting the new group as we start another of Dorie Greenspan’s wonderful books, Baking With Julia in February next year!
In the meantime, we’re gearing up for Christmas around here, including this little Bad Boy!
Check out Kayte's post for the recipe for this tart. The other recipe that was chosen for this week was Earl Grey Madeleines and you can get the recipe for those from Nicole at Bakeologie. Since we just recently made some madeleines, I decided not to again, but Nicole’s look great!