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Rich, barely bitter caramel, deeply toasted nuts, and chewy figs combine in a buttery crust for a dessert designed for pairing with Madeira. A pinch of flaky sea salt makes it the perfect end to a long lunch.

Mary-Frances Heck
April 2021

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Recipe Summary

active:
35 mins
cool:
8 hrs 45 mins
total:
10 hrs 45 mins
Yield:
8 to 10 servings
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Ingredients

Tart Crust
Fig-Caramel Filling
Additional Ingredients

Directions

Make the tart crust
  • Pulse flour, butter, sugar, and fine sea salt in a food processor until mixture resembles small peas, 10 to 12 pulses. Drizzle 1 tablespoon ice water over mixture; pulse until evenly incorporated, about 8 pulses; crumbs should just hold together when pinched. Transfer mixture to a 10-inch round tart pan with 1-inch-tall sides and a removable bottom; use fingers to distribute crust evenly into bottom and up sides of pan. Using the floured bottom of a metal measuring cup, press crumbs firmly into bottom and up sides of pan. Freeze until hard, at least 20 minutes or up to 1 day.

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Prick crust a few times using a fork. Bake in preheated oven until golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool completely on a wire rack, about 30 minutes.

While tart crust cools, make the filling
  • Arrange nuts in an even layer on a small rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350°F, stirring occasionally, until evenly deeply toasted, 10 to 14 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.

  • Stir together sugar, 1/4 cup water, honey, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil, swirling pan occasionally but not stirring, until caramel is very dark and mixture registers 390°F on an instant-read thermometer, 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Carefully stir in figs and cream using a long-handled wooden spoon. Add butter and fine sea salt; stir until smooth.

  • Arrange toasted nuts in an even layer in cooled crust; pour warm caramel over nuts to fill crust. Let tart cool completely at room temperature until set, at least 8 hours or up to 1 day. For cleaner slices, chill tart at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days before serving. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt, and serve with whipped cream.

Make Ahead

Tart can be covered and refrigerated up to 4 days.

Wine

Tangy, moderately sweet Madeira: The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series Savannah Verdelho.

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