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Fig Tart with Lemon and Honey Mascarpone

The last few weeks of summer mark the highly-anticipated fig season.  Fig season is the sweet spot between the end of summer stone fruit and the beginning of fall pumpkin recipes.  I personally enjoy celebrating this sweet fruit with Fig Tart with Lemon and Honey Mascarpone.  The creamy filling is whipped and lightly sweetened with lemon zest, honey, and vanilla.  These natural sweeteners make for an ideal dessert for those who have a penchant for fruit-derived sweeteners.  The oil from the lemon zest releases when the mascarpone is whipped into a fluffy cream cheese cloud. How delightful!

Fig Mascarpone Tart

If you like this fruit dessert recipe, check out White Peach & Rainier Cherry Galette and Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake.

Figs in the Spotlight

The 9″ tart crust and mascarpone act as a platform for the sweet figs to shine.  I specifically chose more subtle, naturally sweetened elements to highlight the natural, earthy fig sweetness.  This tart is light enough to enjoy with an afternoon coffee or tea without feeling a sugar rush (I had it for breakfast and dessert after I shot this without shame). Every bite of the lemony mascarpone is punctuated with the light, crisp tart crust and sweet fig flesh.

Thoughtful Ingredients

Fig Tart with Lemon and Honey Mascarpone isn’t complete without a healthy drizzle of honey for added sweetness. I turn to one of my favorite honey brands, Bee Seasonal. This is not a sponsored post, but I have to share how much I admire this brand. Bee Seasonal is a Southern California-based honey brand whose mission is focused on honey quality, sustainability, and community. Bee Seasonal organic honey is harvested via a transparent, environmentally sound supply chain. They work with socially engaged beekeepers who not only sustainably harvest honey, but also promote environmental preservation and the importance of bees. Bees are vital for environmental success, so topping one of my favorite desserts with their products only makes sense. To learn more about Bee Seasonal and shop their different honey varietals, check out their website: About Bee Seasonal.

 

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Fig Mascarpone Tart

Fig Tart with Lemon and Honey Mascarpone

  • Author: pastaragazza
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x
  • Category: Desserts

Description

This tart is light enough to enjoy with an afternoon coffee or tea without feeling a sugar rush. Every bite of the lemony mascarpone is punctuated with the light, crisp tart crust and sweet fig flesh.


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Ingredients

Crust

  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), cubed
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Lemon and Honey Mascarpone Filling

  • 16 oz mascarpone
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup honey, plus more for drizzling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 lbs figs, stems removed and sliced

Instructions

Crust

Heat the oven to 350°F.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk flour, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.  Add butter and combine ingredients with until the dough forms. Place the dough in a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.  Use your fingers and press the dough into the bottom and sides of the pan until even.  

Place the tart pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.  Remove from the freezer and prick the dough with a fork 10-12 times.  Place in the oven on the middle rack and bake until golden, about 20 minutes.  

Remove the crust from the oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.  

Lemon and Honey Mascarpone Filling

In a large mixing bowl, add mascarpone, lemon zest, honey, and vanilla extract.  Whisk the ingredients until combined and fluffy.  Spread mascarpone mixture evenly in the tart shell.  Arrange sliced figs on top of the mascarpone mixture and drizzle with honey.  


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