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Fig Buttermilk Tart Made Easy

Sometimes you have to wonder why great chefs don’t cut corners. I suppose that is why I am a cook and not a chef because occasionally it just makes sense to skip a step for the same taste result. The recipe for this Fig and Buttermilk Custard Tart is a great example the original version by Chef Georges Perrier required you to make fig jam for the filling. For my version, I use good quality store-bought jam.

Fig Buttermilk Tart

Fig and Buttermilk Custard Tart 

Ginger and Nutmeg
The recipe makes a 1-10 inch tart, which should serve 6-8 people.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 6 people


For the Crust:

  • 8 tbsp Unsalted Butter room temperature
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar or superfine
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 1/4 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp milk if needed

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/4 cups Fig Jam best-quality
  • finely grated zest of 1 Lemon

For the Topping:

  • 4 tbsp Butter melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk well-shaken
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tsp lemon juice


  • Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add the yolk and mix well.
  • Add the salt and flour and mix until no flour is discernible, scraping down the sides at least once. The dough should come together when pinched. If it seems too dry, add the milk and mix it through.
  • Dump the dough onto a sheet of plastic film or waxed paper, then wrap it tightly to bring it together into a ball; refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 400°F/200°C.
  • On a lightly floured surface, do your best to roll the dough into a 12 to 13-inch circle.
  • Transfer the dough to a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom (I used a 10-inch springform pan); I assure you that it will break and tear. This dough (also known as pâte sablée) is very forgiving!
  • Press the dough into the sides and bottom, trimming the edges and filling any crackers or tears with leftover dough. You can see how I constructed the sides first. I then added pieces of rolled-out dough to create a patchwork bottom, pressing it together and making it even using the bottom of a glass.
  • Line the dough with parchment or foil and fill with pie weights or dried beans.
  • Bake for 15 minutes then remove the lining and weights and bake 10 minutes longer until golden. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350°F/180°C.
  • When the crust is cool, whisk together the jam and lemon zest and spread it on the bottom of the crust. It should be an even layer about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Whisk together the topping ingredients until smooth. Pour over the fig filling and bake for 20-25 minutes, until set.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool to room temperature prior to serving.
Keyword Figs, Tarts
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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