Holiday baking: Brown butter fig tartlets


Why am I not as excited as I was last year?

Perhaps its because Christmas isn’t as big here as it is in the UK. Or maybe I just need to have a few drinks at tomorrow’s Christmas party. Or maybe I just need to bake this. Check out today’s holiday baking recipe below, or on FoodNetwork.

Crepe Party Dessert


For the tartlets:

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fig jam

For the topping:

  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  • 1 1/4 cups dried black figs, stems removed, halved
  • Creme fraeche, for serving


Tartlets: Preheat the oven to 350. Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat and cook until it browns and smells nutty, then let cool. Stir in the flour, both sugars and the salt with a wooden spoon. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon water, if necessary, to help the dough clump together. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead three or four times, or just until the dough comes together.

Scoop 1/4 cup dough into each of 6 nonstick muffin-pan cups. Press the dough down in the middle and slightly up along the sides to make a cup shape. Chill until firm, about 30 minutes. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of fig jam in the center of each tartlet and bake until golden, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool slightly, then remove from the pan.

Topping: Heat the bourbon, sugar, 1/2 cup water and the vanilla pod and seeds in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the figs and poach until they are plump and the liquid is syrupy, about 15 minutes. Serve the tartlets with the figs, their sauce and a dollop of creme fraeche.

Tip: Not a fan of fig jam? Not to worry, this tastes just as fantastic with raspberry jam!

4 responses to “Holiday baking: Brown butter fig tartlets

  1. Looks really tasty… 🙂

    I’m believing you’re right that “the heat up christmas time” depend of the surroundings too and the traditions where “you” are in december – this december I’ve been in Liverpool UK at there was heat on – last year in Africa it felt different in a way… 🙂

    I’ve left a christmas greeting on one of your other post – I was too fast… 🙂 😉

    • Yes it really does, doesn’t it? The Christmas fever is completely missing this time around, I don’t know why..perhaps people are still recovering from the shock that the world didn’t end 😉
      So jealous that you are in Liverpool – do go to Anfield and watch some football for me 😉

  2. Mmmmm im going to try this. I saw home made food receipes as soon as I entered your site and just had to click follow haha. I love food 😀

    Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year.

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