fall tart

can you believe that your calendar says it's october already? even though time has flown by, we're so excited for the fall season, our favorite time of year. october is one of our favorite months for the cooler weather, changing leaves and all the wonderful fruits and veggies in season - by far the best season for eating! this tart celebrates the last bit of summer with strawberries and the beginning of fall with figs, all brought together in a wonderful nutty filling.

Fig & Strawberry Tart
(adapted from Martha Stewart Living)

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water

3/4 cup toasted hazelnuts
3/4 cup brown sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 figs, halved
8 strawberries, trimmed & halved

in a food processor, pulse the flours, sugar and salt to combine. add butter and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. slowly add ice water and pulse until mixture just begins to hold together. press dough into a disk and wrap in plastic. refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. roll dough out to 1/8-inch thick on a floured surface to fit the tart pan you are using. fit dough into bottom and up sides of tart pan with a removable bottom and trim excess flush with edges using a knife. refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. preheat oven to 350 degrees F. prick bottom of tart all over with a fork and fill with pie weights or dried beans in foil. bake for 30 minutes. remove weights and bake 5 minutes more. let cool.
to make the filling, pulse hazelnuts in a food processor until finely chopped. add sugar, zest, butter, eggs and vanilla and pulse until mixture is almost smooth. spread filling evenly into tart shell. top with figs and strawberries and bake for 30 minutes. reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F and bake until set and dark brown, about 30-45 minutes more. enjoy!


Sophie said...

a stunning picture! wish it was fig season here


Sayer said...

You had me at the hazelnuts!

Dana said...

Oh my gosh, what gorgeous colors! That looks too lovely not to recreate!

I really like that it's whole wheat pastry flour that goes into the crust!

ruairi said...

This looks super indeed!! I cant believe its October already either, It will be snowing before we know it... I like the changing of the seasons though :-)

Lisa said...

Fantastic photo, great colors, thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

looks great :)


Liz said...

I love the combination of figs and strawberries.

Ash said...

Gorgeous!! I have a few Mallorcan figs that need a home.... a hazelnut crust home. x

Carma Sez said...

Looks like a delightful recipe :)
Darn that we don't still live in our former neighborhood where our neighbors grew fig trees!

BTW, I'm not sure if you know you are featured on Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP newsletter today -- unfortunately the hyperlink for your blog links to "pictures and pancakes" without the .blogspot so it is not reaching you directly -- just wanted to give you a head's up. Would hate for you to miss out on the blog traffic!!

Caitlin Sherwood said...

What a beautiful tart! It makes me want to give figs a whirl, even though I'm not a fan...

Wendy said...

It's so beautiful!
It looks like a painting by Seraphine Louis.
I have to get a rectangular tart pan for sure now.

Q. said...

Stunning photo. I have a fig obsession these days. This looks perfect.

The Healthy Apple said...

This is the most beautiful dessert tart...simple and sweet...a gorgeous photograph and a fabulous recipe.
Thank you; I am surely going to bake this for Thanksgiving!
I love your recipes and posts...you are a true inspiration...Keep up the delicious bakin'...