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Figs and Chocolate Make a Delicious Tart

Almost indescribable, the scent of a fig tree full of almost ripe fruit is a fragrance that is both sweet and earthy, it’s summer in Provence. The scent is distinctive, almost arresting in the open air, however, in a closed space can be overwhelming. And, you can eat too many!

Figs Provence Recipes

Most fig tree varieties produce fruit twice a year; a first crop (breva) in the spring and then the second production in late summer. The second harvest is typically larger, and the fruit is of higher quality. The fig season is brief; the fruit is delicate and does not travel well. Fresh figs can be eaten as is; they provide an exceptionally high source of calcium and fibre. Often figs are dried or made into jam due to the rate at which they perish.

What to do with all those figs? Make Rose’s delicious tart with chocolate and figs:

Figs Chocolate Delicious Tart White chocolate tart, red fruits & fresh figs from the garden Tarte chocolat blanc, fruits rouge s & figues fraîches du jardin

White Chocolate Tart, Red Fruits and Fresh Figs

There is nothing better in this world than a combination of white chocolate and fresh fruits. These tarts are so light and deliciously sweet, you'll be reaching for another one before you even finish the first!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 55 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
 
 

For the dough:

  • 9 oz Small Butter Cookies*
  • 3 1/2 oz Unsalted Butter melted
  • 1 Orange juiced

For the tart: ⁠

  • 9 oz White Chocolate
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 1/2 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Red Fruits mixed berries
  • 4-5 Fresh Figs
  • Icing Sugar for decoration

Instructions
 

  • Mix the small butter until they turn into a coarse powder.
  • Add the melted butter and orange juice, then mix to obtain a very moist paste.
  • Spread the dough by hand in the bottom of a mould (cheesecake type).
  • Reserve in the refrigerator for at least a half-hour.
  • Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate into pieces in a double boiler, then add the cream and the butter, stirring regularly.
  • Pour the preparation on the dough and let cool quietly
  • Put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and decorate the tart with fresh fruit & icing sugar

Notes

 *If you are in France or can buy Petit Beurre biscuits, these are used in the crust. Originating from Nantes, these dry shortbread cookies are produced by the LU company. You can find them in some stores in North America and via Amazon (affiliate link or click on the image below).

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There are other brands on the market, and in a pinch, you can use graham crackers, but the flavour will be slightly different.
Keyword Chocolate, Figs, French Desserts, Tarts
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Rose - Les P'tits Bonheurs de RoseSparkling, dreamy, sensitive, Rose has enjoyed travelling through Provence since she moved there (a few years ago), her eyes filled with wonder, with her little dog Roy-Marius.

This young business manager passionate about charming real estate, history & the art of living in Provence divides time between her daily discoveries and the property entrusted to her.
Don’t be surprised if… From Sainte-Victoire to Luberon, you cross her on her bike, crisscrossing the small roads in the middle of lavender fields… strolling, basket in hand, on the local markets… or sitting on a terrace, sipping a fresh rosé from Provence.
In the meantime, you can still find her on her blog Les p’tits bonheurs de Rose.

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