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Fresh Fig and Hazelnut Tart Recipe

Fresh Fig and Hazelnut Tart Recipe
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1/2 recipe for pate sucree, rolled out, shaped in a tart pan, and chilled

1 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 large eggs

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons Frangelico

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

15 to 20 fresh figs, stems trimmed and cut in half


Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. When oven is ready, line chilled tart shell with foil or parchment paper and fill with weights , and bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Remove weights and liner, turn pie, and bake until the bottom crust is a golden brown, about 10 minutes. Remove pie shell from oven and allow to cool completely. Adjust oven rack to middle position and increase heat to 375 degrees F. In the bowl of a food processor, combine hazelnuts, both sugars, and the salt. Pulse until the mixture is sandy and there are not large pieces of nuts left. Add the eggs, butter, Frangelico, and vanilla and pulse until the eggs are smooth but chunks of butter are still visible, about 15 - 20 short pulses. Scrape the sides of the food processor and pulse an additional 5 times. Scrape the mixture into the cooled tart shell. Arrange the figs cut-side-up on top of the filling. Bake the tart for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F, then rotate the tart 90 degrees on the rack. Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake until the figs begin to bubble and caramelize and the filling turns golden brown all over, about 45 additional minutes, turning again halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.