If you are looking for a delightful dessert that will impress your guests, then this mouthwatering fresh fig tart recipe is for you! Inspired by my dear friend Sabine and prepared for a summer dinner with friends in Greece, this recipe combines the richness of Greek figs with a flavorful handmade crust for a truly unforgettable treat. Whether you're hosting a dinner party or simply want to share some love through food, this fig tart recipe is sure to impress. Enjoy the flavors of Greece and savor the taste of summer with every bite.
If you can't find fresh figs in your area, try adding dried figs to your meals. Read on to learn why our soft Kimi figs from Kumilio are such a good choice!
Ingredients to make the fig tart crust
1 cup flour
7 tbs butter
1 tbs sugar
2 tbs sherry or whipping cream
Pinch of salt
Some flour to roll out the crust and a bit of butter to grease your pan.
How to make the crust for the fresh fig tart
Start by combining the flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Add the cold, cubed butter and sherry or whipping cream, using your fingers or a pastry cutter to mix it into the dry ingredients until the mixture becomes a firm dough. Shape into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap or foil, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
When ready, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface and lay in the greased pan. Prick the dough all around with a fork. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the pre-heated oven. Let it cool while you prepare the filling.
Why a handmade crust
The handmade crust is the foundation of our fresh fig tart. It's perfect texture and buttery flavor enhance the sweetness of the figs, creating a harmonious blend of tastes. You can certainly use a store-bought pie crust but we highly recommend trying Sabine's easy version above.
Mix the cream cheese, heavy cream or 10% Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, lemon zest and orange liqueur. Peel the figs if needed and cut/slice them.
Spread the cream on the dough and cover tightly with the figs. Warm the fig marmalade or honey and glaze the figs with it.
You can refrigerate and take off the fridge half an hour before serving.
Enjoy A Slice of Greek Delight
With its delicate crust and luscious fig filling, this fig tart is a true delight. Each bite will transport you to the beautiful landscapes of Greece, where the Kimi figs are lovingly grown and harvested. These softer, dried figs are a great alternative to introduce this healthy Mediterranean fruit to your diet when fresh figs aren't available.
Why Greek Figs are the Perfect Choice
Greek figs are known for their exceptional taste and quality, especially when they are ripe in August. August in Greece is a time when nature’s bounty is at its peak, and figs, in particular, take center stage. These succulent, sun-kissed jewels of sweetness, with their lush, honeyed flesh, embody the very essence of the Greek summer in every bite. They make the best topping for our fresh fig tart, where flavor is king!
Meet Kimi Figs & Kumilio Fig Company
In Greece, the Kimi fig, in particular, stands out with its thinner skin and unique flavor. It is considered one of the best dried figs you can enjoy and only grows in the area of Kimi, on the island of Evia. Zelos is happy to represent Kumilio, and their premium Kimi fig products.
The Kumilio fig company, founded by Costas Lambrou and his family in 2015, is a testament to the resilience and entrepreneurial spirit of Greece. Costas, originally trained as an architect, hails from the Kimi region of Evia island. Despite the economic crisis, Costas and his family dared to start a new business, showcasing their passion for these exceptional figs.
Dried figs make for a healthy, fiber-rich snack - chop them into green salads, add to braised and roasted meat dishes, slice onto cheeseboards and offer with almonds for a protein-rich treat. Dare to add this sweet staple of the Mediterranean Diet to your dishes!
Enjoy the delicious taste of PDO Kimi figs from the island of Evia and bring the flavors of a Greek summer to your table. Hand-crafted by Kumilio using traditional techniques with no additives, preservatives, artificial coloring or flavors.