Fig, Walnut & Chocolate Tart

My mother has always bought her pie-crust pastry at a French grocery store called Eleclerc, firstly because it’s the best and secondly because it’s a convenient place to go. The pastry there comes wrapped in both plastic and in a thicker paper with recipe ideas for tarts and pies. This recipe here has always been an instant success in our household, mainly because of the delicious hidden chocolate layer, I wonder why?! The original recipe from the pastry packaging uses slices of pears on top, but the type of fruit is really up to you, peaches, cherries, apples, plums… The choice is endless. Hope you enjoy!

INGREDIENTS:

  • pie-crust pastry (230g)
  • 15-20 fresh figs, halved and lightly dusted with 1 packet vanilla sugar
  • 100g semisweet chocolate
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 100g butter, softened
  • 125g ground walnuts
  • 125g caster sugar

 

METHOD:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. In a bowl, mix together softened butter, ground walnuts and sugar until combined. Add eggs and mix well.
  3. Melt the chocolate on top of a double boiler; add a tablespoon of butter if desired.
  4. Place the lined pastry in your pie dish, then create an even layer of melted chocolate, followed by the walnut layer, and then top it all with fresh figs.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the middle of your oven. Bon appetit!
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