There is just something so beautiful about figs. Maybe it's their deep dark purple or pop of green color, or maybe it's their sweet ripe taste, but when you combine this intriguing fruit with the sweet and creamy taste of mascarpone cheese and honey in a buttery flaky crust, the results are phenomenal. Yes, this Honey Glazed Fig & Mascarpone Tart just so happens to be a pure dream in the form of a dessert. I have to admit, I used a pre-made crust for this tart, and you could of course make your own, but part of the beauty behind this dessert is that it's so simple and easy to throw together!
1 pre-made pie crust, thawed
1 cup mascarpone cheese
3/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
12-15 sliced fresh figs, purple or green or both!
extra honey for drizzling
Place the dough into the tart pan and use your fingers to lightly press it along the bottom, sides, and edges of the pan. Cut any excess dough by pressing it on the edge of the tart pan. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes while the oven preheats to 350 degrees.
Remove the tart pan from the refrigerator. Line the unbaked crust with a sheet of foil or parchment paper, covering all sides. Fill the pan with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate the pan and bake for another 15 minutes. Remove the foil and beans from the pan and bake for another 6 minutes, or until crust looks dry and is a pale golden yellow color. Remove the pie from the oven and let the shell cool completely.
In a medium bowl combine mascarpone cheese and sour cream. Beat together with a spatula. Add the honey and vanilla extract and stir to combine.
Once the crust is completely cool, spread the filling evenly across the bottom of the tart. Arrange the sliced figs in a circular pattern on top of the filling. Drizzle with honey just before serving.
Recipe Adapted from Joy the Baker