Some of My Favorite Things…


Food, that is. I’m no foodie. And if you’re looking for an original contribution here, you are out of luck. I don’t create things on my own – I borrow from people I love, be that my Mama, my sister or some lovely ladies on The Food Network. After all, come five o’clock we all shout, “It’s Paula, ya’ll!” at my house.

Below is a little recipe I’d like to share with you, but don’t stop reading once you’ve gotten down to the end – there is one other thing I’d like you to see.

Giada De Laurentis’ Fig &Almond Tart (Photo Courtesy of The Food Network)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, plus 1 tablespoon
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 3 1/2 ounces almond paste, at room temperature, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 large or 12 small fresh figs, sliced, stems removed or 20 dried figs, reconstituted *see Cook’s Note
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam

Directions

Combine the flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, lemon zest, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until blended. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. With the machine running, gradually add the water until moist clumps form. Turn the mixture out onto a work surface and form into a ball. Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill the dough for 1 hour.

In a clean food processor bowl, combine remaining sugar, almond paste, mascarpone cheese, vanilla extract, and honey. Blend until smooth.

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

On a large sheet of parchment paper, roll out the dough into an 11-inch circle. Transfer the dough to a large, heavy baking sheet. Spread the almond filling over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Arrange the figs on top of the almond filling. Spoon the jam over the figs. Fold the dough border over the filling to form an 8-inch round, pleating the crust loosely and pinching to seal any cracks in the dough.

Bake the tart until the crust is golden, about 40 minutes. Place the baking sheet on a rack to cool for 10 minutes, then slide a metal spatula under the crust to free

the tart from the parchment. Transfer the tart to a platter and serve.

Cook’s Note: To reconstitute dried figs, simmer in water for 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool completely. Strain before using.

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