One of Clark’s favorite foods is goat cheese. Another favorite of Clark’s? Figs. Assuming that you read the title of this post, it goes without saying that this dessert is Clark’s new favorite. The overhead shot might have fooled you into thinking that the figs are the beautiful part of this dessert. But the real beauty lies in its simplicity. Five, yes just five, ingredients go into this picture-perfect tart. And it takes a grand total of 20 minutes to put together.
Admittedly, I’m in a love affair with goat cheese, too. If I could, I’d put it on and/or in just about everything. Same with raw honey. I tell myself that eating obscene amounts of honey is ok because hey – it IS loaded with B vitamins, after all. [This is a judgment-free zone!] The filling of this tart is nothing but goat cheese and honey. Pure brilliance, right? Two of the best foods ever, whipped together and topped with fruit. Despite my numerous “taste tests” of the mixture, we somehow ended up having enough to fill the tart.
This crust has become my go-to recipe for simple desserts, ever since we developed it for our Strawberries and Cream Tart earlier this year. It’s just sweet enough with a hint of salt, which allows any kind of fruit, filling, or topping to shine. And there’s no messing with gluten-free flours or waiting for it to bake; just combine and press into the pan.
While I’ve personally never been the biggest fan of figs, I couldn’t turn my nose up at them this time. They’re such pretty little things – their eggplant-colored outer skin hides this soft, burgundy center, filled with countless tiny, crunchy seeds. It’s really remarkable that something so complex grows on a tree and simply falls off when its ready to be enjoyed by us lucky humans. And they’re so, so good for you. Fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin A are just a few of figs’ numerous benefits.
Add an optional sprig of fresh thyme to garnish the tart.