A few weeks ago we introduced our newest contributor to the team, Zoe. She’s an amazing food stylist and recipe creator who is passionate about cooking food that features quality ingredients and is as healthy as it is delicious. We’ll add beautiful to the list too! With just days of fig season left, we’re right there with her on baking this Gluten Free Fig and Crème Fraîche tart! You’ve got to cherish everyone one of those sweet little jewels while you can. Thankfully, today, Zoe is teaching us how…
I’m in love with figs and have recently been obsessing over the hundreds of different kinds of tart combinations – from sweet to savory. So one afternoon I decided to make these delicious gluten-free mini tarts with fresh figs and crème fraîche. They were enjoyed over a magical moment catching up with a girlfriend whom I hadn’t seen in years. The tarts are so light and fresh that we managed to save two for after dinner and enjoyed a second round, post-meal. Shhh, don’t tell!
This recipe features a gluten-free crust alternative that has a lovely nutty finish which pairs deliciously with the figs. This is also a particularly healthy dessert – perfect for enjoying these last days of indian summer and officially welcome fall. You may want to try it with bee pollen sprinkled on top, a superfood that is delicious with tarts, yogurt or granola!
Gluten Free Crème Fraîche Fig Tart
3/4 ground almonds
2/3 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup apple sauce
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp baking powder
1 pinch of sea salt
3/4 cup crème fraîche
3/4 cup cream cheese
2 Tbsp sugar
Grated zest of 1large lemon (or two small ones)
Juice of 1 lemon
15 to 20 fresh figs, rinsed and quartered
1. Mix the dry ingredients with the butter, apple sauce and honey and knead the dough until it becomes a smooth pastry. Wrap it in cling film and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
2. Roll out the pastry (the easiest way is to roll it out directly on baking paper) and place it carefully in a greased tart pan and prick it with a fork (I used several small pans). Bake in the oven for 20min at 375°F.
3. In a bowl, stir together the crème fraîche, cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice.
4. Fill the cooled tart shell with the cream filling and arrange the figs in circles. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle bee pollen on top right before serving (optional).
original photography and recipe by food contributor, Zoe Armbruster