Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar

Fig Pastry sweetened with Agave nectar, and served with additional fresh fig wedges and a scoop of Ricotta cheese.
Fig Pastry sweetened with Agave nectar, and served with additional fresh fig wedges and a scoop of Ricotta cheese. | Source
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Versatility of Fruit Puff Pastry Desserts

Fruit and puff pastry desserts are a classic that has remained popular throughout the years and almost everyone enjoys. Although appls, pear and apricot tarts are among the most commonly known, the versatility of fruit-puff pastry desserts is precisely one of its assets, they can be made with whichever fruit we like: mamey, mango, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, peaches, plums, grapes, you name it.

Figs are one of the best fruits to include in this kind of desserts because of their natural sweetness and their beautiful, exotic appearance. There are several different versions of fig tart recipes out there that look absolutely gorgeous and taste quite good. Nevertheless, this particular fig pastry has the advantage of being mildly sweet and easily adaptable to any taste´s “sweet-threshold”:

If you often find desserts overwhelmingly sweet, you will love this Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar just the way I describe it in the following recipe. If, on the other hand, you have a sweet-tooth and like your desserts sweeter, you can make this same fig tart as sweet as you like by adding more agave nectar and/or sprinkling the rolled puff pastry with some sugar before spreading the fig wedges on top of it.

Another distinctive aspect of this Fig Puff Pastry Tart is that it does not involve custard or light cheese creams, just a crispy thin crust of puff pastry, and the sweet fresh figs highlighted by the vegan sweetener Agave nectar.

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Step-by-Step Fig Puff Pastry Tart Pictorial Recipe

Cut the fresh figs into wedges.
Cut the fresh figs into wedges. | Source
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a large and thin rectangle.
Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a large and thin rectangle. | Source
Spread the figs over the pastry, leaving a rim of about 2.5cm/1in in from all edges.
Spread the figs over the pastry, leaving a rim of about 2.5cm/1in in from all edges. | Source
Fold the pastry rim to wrap the figs, packing it tightly around the edges.
Fold the pastry rim to wrap the figs, packing it tightly around the edges. | Source
Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar, final result.
Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar, final result. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 6 figs, ripe
  • about 200g/7oz puff pastry
  • Agave nectar
  • 1 egg

From the store-cupboard: flour.

For the garnish (optional): fresh mint leaves.

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7.
  2. Cut the figs into wedges.
  3. Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to form a large and thin rectangle. It doesn´t have to be perfect, a great looking tart must have a rustic feel to it!
  5. Transfer the puff pastry to the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Spread the fig wedges over the pastry leaving a rim of about 2.5cm/1in in from all edges.
  7. Drizzle the fig layer with a thin ribbon of Agave nectar(do not put too much Agave nectar because it will turn too watery).
  8. Fold the pastry rim to wrap the figs packing it tightly around the edges.
  9. Beat the egg and glaze the puff pastry with it.
  10. Bake for about 20 minutes, until the pastry is well risen and golden.

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Serving Suggestions

Serve the Fig Puff Pastry Tart warm or cold, with some additional fresh fig wedges, and a scoop of Ricotta cheese drizzled with extra Agave nectar.

For a fancy presentation, garnish with a couple of fresh mint leaves.


Puff Pastry Desserts

One of my favorite food writers in Hubpages, LetitiaFT, wrote a delicious recipe article involving a fruit puff pastry treat, which actually inspired me to experiment with puff pastry in the first place. Her fruit-pastry choice is a beautiful Cinnamon Apple Dumpling, rustic and beautifully presented, looks like a million bucks and is quite easy to make: very recommendable.

Variations

  • Add other berries to the puff pastry tart: blackberries, strawberries, blueberries (this will require additional sweetening because of the characteristic acidity of this fruits).
  • Serve with a blend of Ricotta and sweetened low-fat plain yogurt.
  • Serve with Mascarpone cheese instead of Ricotta.
  • Serve the classic way, with vanilla ice-cream, for a sweeter version of the puff pastry recipe.
  • Change the form of the tart: make a round or a square fig puff pastry. You can also make individual tarts.
  • Make your own homemade puff pastry.


Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar & Ricotta Cheese

Serving suggestions: sweeten the Ricotta cheese with Agave nectar; garnish with additional fresh fig wedges and some mint leaves.
Serving suggestions: sweeten the Ricotta cheese with Agave nectar; garnish with additional fresh fig wedges and some mint leaves. | Source

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Comments on "Figs Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar" 18 comments

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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico Author

glassvisage: hay! yeah, this puff pastry is as easy as it gets and showcases the figs as the star fruit that they are; I am glad you liked it :), thanks for dropping by.


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glassvisage 3 years ago from Northern California

This looks fantastic, and surprisingly not too difficult to make! The fig sounds so tasty right now. Thank you for sharing this recipe :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

billips, hey, what a shame you can´t use your own figs!!! I wish I could give an advice to help you rescue your figs and make them usable!!! I actually don´t tend to my own fig tree at all, it just naturally grows nice ripe figs without any doing on my part. Nevertheless, this fig puff pastry tart will taste just as nice with any figs, no matter where they come from :).

What is demarara? I’m not familiar with it....

Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Vespawoolf, hi, using the different fruits and vegetables that come along each season is a great delight, isn´t it? Figs season is already over here, it lasts just a few weeks but I am very glad it was enough to produce this fig puff pastry. I am honored that you can now make the recipe useful, and take advantage of the fig season over there in Peru. Thank you for your interest and comments :)


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Oh Claudia - these looks so delicious - I am a fig lover - especially those dark ones - great that you used agave - I might try with demerara - I planted a fig tree a few years ago and every year it teases me by putting out masses of figs, which drop before ripening, so I must resort to store bought - fruits and pastries are the best combination - B.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I love the idea of this rustic fig tart. Figs will come in season here next month, so I can't wait to try this! I also enjoyed Letitia's apple dumpling recipe...so simple and delicious, just like this one. I like the idea of enjoying it with mascarpone or ricotta. Thanks so much!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Irka, thanks for your kind comments, I really appreciate your compliments :D. I love food and I love working with it in these "Do it yourself"-Recipe Hubs. For me, figs are just a monument to nature’s beauty in all senses; I wanted to create a piece of work that showcased their magnificence and made a delicious dessert as well. Puff pastry is very versatile and easy, so this was a good combination.


irka winniczuk 4 years ago

You did it again. Easy, simple and extremely well presented. I also love the additions you are suggesting. Great ideas and very very original!!! You are posting the greatest recipes without ever overdoing it with the calories!!!


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Wow Gordon! That is a big coincidence!!! :) I can´t understand either how he did not liked the figs (first unexplainable spooky fact) but yeiy for you! You might have a really mystical connection with your brother. Now you´ll be able to enjoy this luxurious fig treat without even having to buy them. Happy baking, I hope you do like the end result.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Claudia - I had to share this spooky coincidence with you!

My brother was visiting tonight and he came in and handed me a small bag and asked if I could "use these." He had bought them yesterday and didn't like them. Figs! Why he didn't like them I have no idea but I now have a bag of fresh figs and have no excuse for not picking up some puff pastry at the supermarket over the next couple of days. It looks like I am destined to try this dish ASAP... :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi MyWifesFood, I totally agree with you, the visual pleasure food brings is part of the package! Figs are particularly beautiful so how could this dessert not look attractive?!!! Thanks for dropping by and commenting :)


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi Gordon, well this fig puff pastry is not particularly sweet, perfect for people who aren´t big on sweets. The protagonist in this recipe is definitely the fig, if you don´t find the agave nectar you can also make the tart using brown sugar. No measurement required, just sprinkle some of it over the rolled puff pastry before placing the figs on top of it. The Ricotta can be sweetened with brown sugar as well. I recommend brown sugar over honey because honey has a very strong flavor that might overshadow the natural sweetness and flavor of figs. Thanks for your interest, I hope you enjoy it!


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MyWifesFood 4 years ago

Beautiful food always taste better.


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Gordon Hamilton 4 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I don't have a big sweet tooth, Claudia, but this is definitely something I would enjoy. I love fresh figs and they're regularly available in my local supermarket. This is something I'm really interested in trying though I have no idea whether I have access to agave nectar. I'll definitely be checking my supermarket shelves.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Carol7777, thanks for your comments, it is my pleasure to share this simple fig tart with you. I felt like showcasing the beauty of figs and had a good harvest from my garden fig tree this year so I thought I´d try making a puff pastry dessert with them and write another hub.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico Author

Hi TrahnTheMan! I am glad you where tempted by this fig rich puff pastry! How can figs not look great in photos?!!! :) Thanks for your compliments, I really appreciate them.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

Great photos and sounds different enough to try. Thanks for sharing this lovely pastry.


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TrahnTheMan 4 years ago from Asia, Oceania & between

Yum! I'm going to try this for sure! Great photos too (as usual) C.

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