Fig Puff Pastry Tart with Agave Nectar
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.
Step-by-Step Fig Puff Pastry Tart Pictorial Recipe
- 6 figs, ripe
- about 200g/7oz puff pastry
- Agave nectar
- 1 egg
From the store-cupboard: flour.
For the garnish (optional): fresh mint leaves.
- Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7.
- Cut the figs into wedges.
- Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
- 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!
- Transfer the puff pastry to the prepared baking sheet.
- Spread the fig wedges over the pastry leaving a rim of about 2.5cm/1in in from all edges.
- Drizzle the fig layer with a thin ribbon of Agave nectar(do not put too much Agave nectar because it will turn too watery).
- Fold the pastry rim to wrap the figs packing it tightly around the edges.
- Beat the egg and glaze the puff pastry with it.
- Bake for about 20 minutes, until the pastry is well risen and golden.
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.
- 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.