Monday, September 15, 2008

Fig & Coconut Custard Tart




An open letter to my blogging friends that I truly miss

Dear everyone,

I know I know things have been kind a sluggish here in my kitchen. It has been a frantic couple of weeks in the house lately, fluttering with things done and still left undone. Heard about two verbs you should not put together: moving and renovation. Well, we are in the middle of moving preparation, yes you heard it right we are moving to a bigger house in few weeks time. And to top that we are also in middle of renovating our small vacation house in Verdon. Whew, if only you could see how the two houses are; upside down. The only one enjoying this jungle like ambiance at home is my one year old girl. I bet you could imagine how it complicates things even more. She’s up there, she’s taken that. I put something in the box she takes it out. Well I’m nearing my borderline insanity:-).

Fortunately we finally had a break yesterday. We head over at my sister-in-law's place for a delicious crepe party and an eventual "usual promenade" with my mom-in-law. You know what I mean; we gathered about a kilo of almonds and two kilos of figs. These free stuffs abundant in the place we live are the things I will greatly miss when we move to our new house. Well I am truly glad that my hubby and I had our much deserving repose yesterday. Strong enough to face this busy week ahead of us. I'll keep you all posted!

Big kisses from my kitchen,
Dhanggit

Ps, I gave myself an hour break so I could peep through your kitchen

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I'll be sending this over at Lore's fabulous monthly event Original Recipes at Culinarty.





Fig Coconut Custard Cream Tart

for the pate brisée
(pastry dough)
250 grams of flour (about 2 cups)

1 tablespoon of sugar
a pinch of salt

100 g of butter cut in cubes(1 stick)
half a glass of water

In a salad bowl put your flour and butter. Mix them well with your hand. Using your finger press well the butter to make it blend with your flour. If you want to simplify this just pulse them together. :-) As soon as you have that sandy coarse texture, add your salt and sugar. Then pour little by little your water as you work on your dough. Remember do not pour all the water. Sometimes you just need less. You are at a right consistency when the flour doesn't stick to your hand no more. Make a ball shape and let it stand covered in your fridge. After the resting time, flatten them with your rolling pin. Make the shape and size you want depending on your baking dish. Brush your baking dish with butter and put your dough. With the help of your finger flatten the sides. Put a great pressure as you do it. With the aid of fork make some holes on your dough all over. Cut the edges and press the sides. Let it stand again in the fridge for about thirty minutes. Preheat the oven at 180° celsius and cook this for about then minutes.

for the second part:
about a kilo of fresh figs quartered
half a cup of brown sugar
4 egg yolks
10 cl of coconut cream (about half a small glass)
50 g of butter cut in cubes (half a stick)
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

After the pie crust is ready put half of the brown sugar on the surface of your crust. Then assemble nicely your quartered fig , with the cut part facing up. Drizzle it again with brown sugar. Put it in the oven for about ten minutes at 180° celsius. Beat the egg yolks with coconut cream and vanilla. After the ten minutes pull out the tart and pour over your egg mixture. Drizzle it with rest of your sugar and put your cut butter on the top. Bake this for about fifteen minutes at 180° celsius.


Try my other tart and pie recipes:
Pecan Nuts and Maple Syrup Tart
Nutella Dulche de leche Tartelette
Mango cheesecake Pie


39 comments:

tigerfish said...

I thought I was the sluggish one...

Manggy said...

Aww, Dhanggit... It's okay! You can focus on your movnovation! And a vacation house and a new house!? How decadent! ;) The fig tart looks delicious (kahit na alam mo naman, hindi ko alam ang lasa ng figs), and beautifully presented! I wish I could have been there for the crepe party!

cookie said...

Looks yummy :)

mikky said...

LOL... same as Manggy, I have never tasted Figs in my whole, entire life!!! pitiful or what?... but truly, it looks delicious... same here... been quite hectic... but not as hectic as yours... I wish you all the best... relax and enjoy the new house... :)i know... easier said than done... btw, i finally added you in my favorite reads... thanks for sharing...

noobcook said...

lovely looking tart ... happy moving ... yes it's hectic but I'm sure it'll be all worth it :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

Happy moving dear. Tart looks awesome like always.

Happy cook said...

Oh you are doing both moving to a new place and renovzting the holiday house.
Love the fig tart.

sho said...

hey i'm in the midst of renovations too! I know what it feels like to be driven to the edge of....phew! YOur delicious looking food makes up for the insanity. Haha!

Leslie said...

Stunninly beautiful!
I was starting to worry about you! I am glad everything is ok

hot garlic said...

Oh! Busy Busy! Hope all your moving and renovations go well!

This tart is absolutely STUNNING!

Peter M said...

Dhanngit, those are tree-ripened figs...I se it the tart , no doubt benefited.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Oh dear, you sound busy! We miss you too! Good luck with the moving and renovating! The tart is gorgeous and I'm so sure it's delicious!

Munchkin Mommy said...

that tart looks really good! i have yet to make tart...ever! :)

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Adam said...

Good thing you rolled on back into the blog world. I felt that something wasn't quite right in the air :)

Good luck with your move, I know it's very stressful, but I'm sure your new place will be great. If it's bigger, I bet your kitchen is bigger too then :)

Oh, and awesome job on the tart. I love the colors, and I won't even go into my fig happiness

glamah16 said...

Hey I have been a bad blog buddy too. It gets so busy some times. I love figs and hope a get a some in my CSA delivery today. Great tart.

Deborah said...

Good luck with the move and the renovation - looks like you are quite a busy girl right now!! The tart looks amazing, too!

kala said...

Seems like everyone I know is moving! Bon courage with all the work (and the extra work, courtesy of Mayumi's help) :)

Wow, I'm so jealous you have a house in Verdon! I love that part of France :)

Giff said...

sounds like you have a full plate, so I'll just have to relieve you of that tart. ;-) Seriously, that looks delicious!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Haha, "movnovation"...

Anyway, wow, moving! Is it very far from where you currently live? No more fruits and such to pick nearby? =(

(I've never seen fresh almonds!)

Lore said...

This sounds like a greatly deserved indulgence then :)
Thanks for taking the time to share your creamy tart with Original Recipes!

haze said...

Mama Mia looks inviting ! And hoping we get invited in Verdon :D !

Bridgett said...

The fig tart looks divine. What time should I come over for a slice? ;)

Jan said...

That looks absolutely fabulous, Dhanggit. Good luck with your move, and your renovations.

Alexa said...

You are a busy girl... And look what you managed to bake. I am impressed. What a beautiful delicious fig tart! I would never have thought of pairing coconut with it but I bet it is divine.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Looks delicious!

Analyse said...

goodluck on the move and the renovation. my, that's tiring! how could you still cook with all that?

Susan said...

Good luck with the move and renovations - quite a stressful time for you, Dhanggit.

Your tart looks a treat. Hope you overindulged. Keep your strength up. : )

Gloria (Canela) said...

Dear Dhanggit sorry you have a lot of problems and so busy times, a little patience you will be happy in your new house, and my lovely nephew is so little dear, Marìa ESperanza made the same when we move of home and they have about two years, was really hard. The tarta is fantastic, reallyI love figs only I want the figs arrive soon!!! huggs to you sis and kisses my nephew, xxGloria

bee said...

the little one must be having a blast. enjoy your new home.

Maria said...

What gorgeous photos!! Good luck with your move!

ChichaJo said...

The fig tart looks lovely! Not just delicious but beautiful as well! Your family is very lucky :)

Good luck on your move/renovation! Don't worry about us...we will be right here :)

Caroline said...

Wow, that fig tart looks yummy! And combined with coconut cream? Now, that must be really scrumptious. I need to make this one, soon!

Lots of luck on your home reno and moving as well.

Rosie said...

Awe 'dearest' Dhanggit what a hectic time for you and wishing all goes smoothly in your move! Your fig tart looks amazing and so yummy!!

Rosie x

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

The fig and coconut tart looks truly spectacularly delicious! What a fantastic combination.

We're also in the process of moving, so I can sympathize. I can't wait for the entire thing to be over, as you probably do too. Hang in there, my friend.

Jude said...

Good luck with the moving and renovation... I can only imagine what that might be like. Good thing you took a break and posted! It's the best form of therapy.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Wow, you sound busy! I know the issues with kids and packing up their toys. As soon as you start packing them, they all of sudden want to play with them again! Good luck with your renos and move.

Pam said...

This looks amazing... creamy and perfect! I will defintiely try this recipe.

Good luck with your renovation and move!

Dawn said...

Hubby & I are in the process of moving too; into our first home. We are frustrated of looking and looking and looking some more. And the prices aren't all that cheap in this so called buyers' market. So, with all that said I know how you feel. I just want to move already and start enjoying my home for once. Thankfully baking & cooking offer me a lot of relief. I really need to get on this fig bandwagon--I see figs everywhere on here in food-blogger land. And your tart is really making my stomach growl!!!

Lady P said...

oh i am soo excited! i have access to a fig tree for the first time - ever - for 2 and a half weeks. i have never picked my own figs before - this recipe looks fabulous and i WILL be using it!