fig-tart-with-cinnamon-ice-creamThis sensational tart and accompanying ice cream is a perfect pairing and finish to a weeknight dinner and elegant enough to serve at your next dinner party. The delicate sweetness of the fig and jammy flavors is accented by the spice and cream, a fabulous palate cleanse and satisfying end to a fall meal. To save time, make the ice cream and crème pâtissière ahead of the fig tart.

Fig Tart with Cinnamon Ice Cream

Ingredients

Fig tarte fine

  • 400g of puff pastry
  • 160g of figs
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • cinnamon powder for dusting

Crème pâtissière

  • 150ml of milk
  • 1/2 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 30g of caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 20g of plain flour

Cinnamon ice cream

  • 300ml of milk
  • 300ml of double cream
  • 2 vanilla pods, split and scraped, seeds reserved
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

Method

1 – For the cinnamon ice cream, place the milk and cream into a pan with the vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Bring this up to a low heat until it starts to steam. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave for 5 minutes to infuse

  • 300ml of milk
  • 300ml of double cream
  • 2 vanilla pods
  • 2 cinnamon sticks

2 – In a bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar, cinnamon powder and reserved vanilla seeds from the pods, then whisk for 3-4 minutes

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 250g of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder

3 – Pour the infused milk into the bowl with the egg mix, and whisk these together. Place the mixture back into the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon on a low heat for 5-8 minutes until thick. Once thick, tip into a clean bowl straight away to cool

4 – Leave the cream mixture at room temperature for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, place in the fridge to cool

5 – Place the cream mixture into an ice cream maker to churn, or place in the freezer to set. If you are placing this in your freezer it will take longer to set, and you will need to keep stirring every 10 minutes or so until it has frozen

6 – For the crème pâtissière, put the milk and vanilla pod into a pan and bring up to a slow simmer. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar with the egg yolks and whisk until white. Add the flour and stir well, then slowly pour on the hot milk, whisking vigorously

  • 150ml of milk
  • 1/2 vanilla pod
  • 30g of caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 20g of plain flour

7 – Place the mixture back in the pan on a medium heat and bring the mixture up to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon – the cream should begin to thicken. Cook for 2-4 minutes, continually stirring, then pass the cream through a fine sieve into a bowl. Cover the crème pâtissière with cling film and leave to cool

8 – To begin the fig tart, reheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7 with the baking tray heating inside. Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and spread with the crème patissere. Slice the figs 2mm thick and lay them on top of the cream. Dust the figs in icing sugar all over until well covered, and sprinkle with a little cinnamon powder

  • 400g of puff pastry
  • 160g of figs
  • icing sugar for dusting
  • cinnamon powder for dusting

Place the tart straight on the hot tray in the oven so the bottom will cook instantly and not be soggy. Bake the fig tart for 20-25 minutes until golden. Serve hot with the cinnamon ice cream

About Chef Tom Aikens

Hailed as one of the most creative and talented chefs Britain has ever seen, Tom Aikens has ascended rapidly in his career, becoming the youngest chef to win two Michelin stars aged only 26 and building the expansive, international restaurant empire he operates today. His food continues to emphasise sustainable, high-quality British ingredients executed with creative, technical flair. http://www.greatbritishchefs.com/chefs/tom-aikens

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