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Fig & Goat Cheese Tartelettes

Fig & Goat Cheese Tarts

Thank you all so much for the well wishes and congratulations. I am really excited about the beautiful work to be done ahead with wonderful food and prop stylists working by my side. Right now, things are a severe blur. I am shooting a cookbook away from home for two weeks, while completing another assignment and looking for a place to live in Birmingham. I have never embraced technology as much as I have in the past month.


It’s both fascinating, life saving and a tad exhausting at the same time. However, the pure joy of logging online after a heavy day at work and read that Charleston friends have bought a house while my favorite food stylist has gotten engaged makes me realize that I will always be close to the things that matter. In that regard, I love you Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and more than ever Skype which has been crucial for Bill and I to plan our next everything for the three months ahead.

Fig & Goat Cheese Tarts

It makes my head hurts at time. I admit I am looking forward to the dust settling some and unplugging for a weekend. Soon I hope. A craving. A quiet day. No buzz, notifications or replies, follows and so forth. Finding that balance again. A day fit for baking I think. That day will come again when I find myself settled in our new home, wherever it will be, baking and cooking dinner with new friends.


I see a day made for tarts and tagine. The process. The hand feel. The motion. The wait. All punctuated by a chat and a glass of wine. Or a sit down and a cup of tea. It does not really matter at this point. I would be happy either way. As long as I feel the minutes go by ever so slowly.

I am not complaining a bit about the speed of things right now. I am embracing everything. I am also dreaming about the moments ahead. I dream them sweet. Sweet as Fig and Goat Cheese Tartelettes.

Fig & Goat Cheese Tarts

Again…thank you all so much for your sweet words about my last post. Your support would give anyone a skip in their step. It did for me. Thank you.
Fig and Goat Cheese Tartelettes.

Makes 8

For the pastry crust:
I used this one from my friend Jeanne at The Art of Gluten Free Baking but I also recommend this one from Holly Herrick if you are not gluten free.

Preheat the oven to 350F and position a rack in the middle. Roll the dough in between sheets of parchment paper if you are using the gluten free one or on a well floured countertop is using the regular one. Cut the dough the fit eight 4-inch tart rings or shells. Fill the shells with dried beans or pie weights and bake until the shells are completely cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool about 20-30 minutes before filling again. You may turn the oven off at this point and turn it back when you are ready to fill the shells.

For the filling:
6 oz goat cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoon sugar
juice and zest of one small lemon
1 large egg (slightly beaten)
1/2 cup heavy cream

In a medium bowl, whisk together the goat cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Add the lemon juice, zest, egg and cream and whisk again until fully incorporated. . Divide among the tart shells and bake at 350F for about 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool about 20 minutes.

Remaining ingredients:
8 to 10 small figs, quartered, (your choice of variety)
2 to 4 tablespoons honey

When you are ready to serve, place the quartered figs on top of the tarts and drizzle with honey…as much or as little as you like…!

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Margaritas In The Rain September 4, 2012 um 5:08 am

Looks AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown September 4, 2012 um 5:10 am

Adorable! Looks so-so good and tasty!

Frederike September 4, 2012 um 6:00 am

Oh wow, this is exactly my kind of food! I've always love the goat's cheese – fig combo, but I've only tried it in salads. This is just perfect for this time of the year!

Dannii @Hungry Healthy Happy September 4, 2012 um 10:00 am

I have never had pigs before, this seems like a great way to try them for the first time.

Michele | Cooking At Home September 4, 2012 um 11:17 am

Congrats on the new job. Exciting. My fig tree is
bursting with figs,and this
will be the perfect tart
for me to bake.

Sally September 4, 2012 um 11:32 am

Helene, Wishing you peace as you move through this exciting (and hopefully not too frenetic) time! Congratulations on all your changes. May your new life bring much happiness.

Queen of Quinoa September 4, 2012 um 11:40 am

Looks scrumptious. Such a great combination! I think I might try this with a walnut meal crust. Love the nuts, goat cheese and figs together. Thanks for the inspiration!

[email protected] September 4, 2012 um 12:06 pm

This is the best combination of flavours. i hope you get to have a little break soon enough.

David @ Frenchie and the Yankee September 4, 2012 um 1:13 pm

Oh I like that! I made zucchini and goat cheese tartelettes last week. I am going to try this combination.

Nina's Kitchen September 4, 2012 um 1:17 pm

Fantastic!!! 😉

Shiloh Barkley September 4, 2012 um 1:39 pm

These look so elegant.

Seanna Lea September 4, 2012 um 1:45 pm

Figs are one of my favorites. I'll have to make these next week (once all of the biscuits are finally gone for shortcakes).

Colette (Coco) September 4, 2012 um 4:06 pm

Lovely li'l beauties!

Anonymous September 4, 2012 um 4:27 pm

How divine! I can't wait to try this recipe….especially now during fig season! Beautiful post, pictures, words, thoughts.. Thank you!

Sandrine September 4, 2012 um 5:26 pm

Thank you for sharing your success with us.
Others people's success bring usually jealousy or inspiration.
Life is a journey and your journey is inspiring me. Thank you and don't stop!

Jamie @ green beans & grapefruit September 4, 2012 um 7:23 pm

Yummm! These sound wonderful!

Diane, A Broad September 4, 2012 um 11:23 pm

I love fig tarts, and the figs at the markets are finally starting to get nice and plump and red in the middle. I love the combination of figs with goat cheese too!

kyleen September 5, 2012 um 3:34 am

Congratulations on the new job! That's so amazing. These fig tarts with goat cheese are so gorgeous.

l September 5, 2012 um 6:25 pm

beatiful post, love the photos.

Follow each other?

Christina @ The Hungry Australian September 6, 2012 um 3:00 pm

Congratulations on your new gig, Helene! It sounds like an incredible opportunity and I wish you all the best on your new journey.

Now these tarts – they look fantastic. I can't wait until figs are in season again in Australia and I can cook with them again.

Ellemay September 6, 2012 um 10:07 pm

These look delicious!!!!

I have to admit, when I first read Birmingham I thought you were moving to the UK….

Good luck with the move and remember to not fill large boxes with books!!!!! You **will** kill your back!

Jo September 7, 2012 um 7:24 am

WOW, beautiful photos 😉

argone September 7, 2012 um 2:13 pm

J'aime aussi les figues, de toutes les façons … tes tartelettes ont l'air délicieuses, merci !

Emily@Roses and Whimsy September 7, 2012 um 9:59 pm

A friend who is a photographer recommended your book, Plate To Pixel. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I'm only on the fourth chapter, and already you've taught me so much. 🙂 You make learning to shoot food far less intimidating. Congratulations on your new job! Bonne chance!

Brycia September 9, 2012 um 3:31 am

Gorgeous photos as always! Good luck on your move! I hope you love your new home!

online übersetzungsbüro September 10, 2012 um 5:03 pm

This photos are absolutely amazing! The light blue table reminds me on weekends at the sea…

Lali September 12, 2012 um 7:11 am

Magnifique photos ! Un clin d'oeil à votre superbe travail sur mon blog aujourd'hui…
Bonne journée

Ricette di cucina September 12, 2012 um 10:40 am

I love your seasonal recipes. My fig tree is giving me a lot of satisfaction! 🙂

Life's a Bowl September 22, 2012 um 12:39 pm

Figs have been taking over all of the recipe boards lately! I'm a huge fruit lover and fan of dried figs so I thought I bought my first batch of fresh figs earlier this week. I added them to a bowl of oats and topped a few waffles with them… But this recipe looks absolutely delic!!! Def wanna try it 🙂

Noemi September 22, 2012 um 9:09 pm

I like very much figs, but, I've never tried to make a cake with figs. I'll try! 🙂

Simones Kitchen September 26, 2012 um 1:32 pm

I can only imagine the chaos your life is in at the moment with everything happening at the same time! All good things though so that makes it worth the while! And well these gorgeous tarts I could have any time!

Unknown October 14, 2012 um 8:50 pm

I don't like fresh figs so much, but when I see such photos… I believe they are gorgeous :)!

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