With the rapidly approaching fall season, and the abundance of figs, we have been busy making our popular Fig Earl Grey preserves. Chopping, scaling, mixing, macerating, heating, steeping, stirring, skimming, pouring, and jarring our heads off! Although we work intensely, we try not to miss a few calm, relaxed moments of a communal meal. During this time we can share creative ideas and recipes that our jams inspire us to make.
Recently we experimented with two recipes which incorporate the Fig Earl Grey jam in different ways. One from veteran jam maker and newly appointed Kitchen Manager, Amy. Amy was inspired by this delicious way to incorporate fig preserves into an open-faced sandwich while looking through Real Simple magazine. We bought a fresh baguette and a small block of Gruyere from a local farmer’s market. Elizabeth had some fresh arugula from a recent trip to Michigan. We assembled and toasted the sandwiches for our staff lunch and they were a tasty hit!
The second recipe was contributed by the newest addition to our staff. Madeline is a graduate of the French Pastry School, and recently completed their internship program. She has a special interest in making traditional, as well as gluten-free pastries. Madeline whipped up all the components for her tarts at home and assembled them for us as a treat after lunch. Her seasonal Mascarpone Frangipane Tart topped with RBP Fig Earl Grey is the perfect accompaniment to a warm cup of tea on crisp, fall day.
Give these simple recipes a try and enjoy!
Real Simple recipe for Fig Jam and Gruyere Sandwiches
Recipe for Mascarpone Frangipane Tarts topped with Fig Earl Grey Preserves:
Follow this simple Pate Sucree recipe via Martha Stewart - Sweet Tart Dough or see below for Gluten-Free tart dough recipe.
7 Tbs unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbs All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup ground almonds
Mascarpone Cream topping:
2 oz. heavy cream
4 oz. Mascarpone cheese
1 tsp. honey
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1pint Fresh, Sliced figs
Follow the instructions for Sweet Dough or Gluten-free dough. Let the dough rest for up to 8 hours in the refrigerator. Roll out and shape to desired tart sizes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a stand or hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until very pale. Add eggs slowly, to incorporate into sugar/butter mixture. Add flour, vanilla, and ground almonds. Beat until smooth. Fill the bottoms of unbaked tart shells with the almond filling. Distribute the fresh, sliced figs evenly among the centers of the tart shells.
Bake for 35 minutes, or until pastry is crisp and frangipane filling is golden. Set aside to cool.
Mascarpone Cream topping:
Whip cream, mascarpone, vanilla, and honey until light and fluffy. Chill until ready to serve.
When ready to serve, spoon Mascarpone cream topping onto cooled tarts and smooth edges. Follow with a generous dollup of RBP Fig Earl Grey on top. (+ any fresh sliced figs you have left over) Gorgeous!
****Alternative Gluten Free Tart Dough
2/3 c. rice flour
1/3 c. cornstarch
3 Tbs. cornmeal
1 Tbs. sweet rice flour
1/8 tsp. Salt
1 stock, cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
Combine all dry ingredients in a food processor. Add butter and pulse until mixture forms a coarse meal texture. Slowly add egg yolks until just combined. Form dough into a disc and wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.