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Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

I spied out of the corner of my eye a mound of sweet ripe figs and could not resist picking up a few for a tart I had in mind. My first attempt at using figs; a roasted fig and almond tart; had been a sweet success, and I was eager to try something a little more savory.

I was reminded of the icy Winter mornings commuting to the Cape Town city centre, when I would pass by a boulangerie owned by a French couple, and respond to the silent call of their nutty sweet smelling freshly baked loaves and pastries. My favorite was the brie, sage and walnut breakfast bread. It was roughly in the shape of a Naan, but the flavors and technique were all French.

And so it was that I grabbed a wedge of brie, brown onions for these caramelised onions, fresh sage and a dozen fresh figs for roasted figs with honey and orange and made this fragrant and flavorful Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart.

The tart was easy to make and even easier to eat, when it finally made it’s appearance. Sweet, savory, crunchy…

 

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder
A sweet and savory tart with the subtle warmth of caramelised onions, the fragrance of figs, orange and sage and the crunch of walnuts.
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Ingredients

  • 12 small ripe figs stalks removed
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 15 ml honey
  • 375 grams all butter puff pastry or a sheet of ready rolled puff pastry. If using, bread dough it will require proving.
  • 250 ml caramelised onions
  • 200 grams ripe brie
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 125 ml walnuts
  • 1 egg beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius, or 180 degrees with a fan assisted oven.
  2. Cut the figs in half lengthways.
  3. Mix the juice of half an orange with the honey in a small bowl and toss in the figs to coat.
    Roasted figs with honey and orange
  4. Arrange the figs in an oven tray cut side up and pour over the juice and honey mixture. I lined my tray with foil to catch the juices and prevent any burnt syrup on the tray.
    Roasted figs with honey and orange
  5. Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven to cool while you prepare the pastry sheet.
  6. Roll the pastry into a rectangle and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. If you are making appetisers then cut the pastry in twelve 7cm x 7cm squares and place in a shallow 12 hole bun pan.
  7. Prick the pastry base/s with a fork and place into the freezer to firm up until the figs are cool enough to use.
  8. Spread caramelised onions onto the pastry making sure to leave at least a 1 cm border on a large tart. For appetisers place 1 heaped teaspoon of caramelized onions into each depression.
    Caramelised onions with balsamic vinegar and sugar
  9. Brush egg on the exposed border to help it color.
  10. Scatter the figs cut side up over the caramelised onions, then add the chunks of brie, chopped walnuts and broken pieces of sage. 
  11. Bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes until the pastry is cooked.

Recipe Notes

For a large tart you will require all the figs but for appetisers you may require fewer figs if you slice each half into two. Use the remaining figs for breakfast over yogurt or oatmeal or for dessert over ice cream.

Nutrition Facts
Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart
Amount Per Serving (75 g)
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Potassium 246mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 11g
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 4.4%
Vitamin C 9.4%
Calcium 7.2%
Iron 8.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

A sweet and savory tart with the subtle warmth of caramelised onions, the fragrance of figs, orange and sage and the crunch of walnuts.

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This recipe was first published on 30 May 2015 and has since been updated.

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58 Comments

  • Reply
    Angel | Next Level Blogging
    March 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I have ever tried fig but this look delicious!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      You must try figs when they are in season in late Spring and Summer.

  • Reply
    Jazmine
    March 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Great recipe. Il be sure to try this out. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Twinspirational
    March 6, 2018 at 2:36 am

    This recipe looks delicious. We made apple and brie tarts, but will try this recipe. Check out our recipe here. http://www.twinspirational.com/2016/10/apples-to-apples.html

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Fresh green apple and brie are an amazing combination too. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  • Reply
    Lisa Rios
    March 5, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    These tarts look delicious. I would love to serve these at a party

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      They are awesome little bites of moreishness. Just make enough because they will fly off the plates.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    March 5, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    This combination sounds delicious. I like that its quite quick and easy to make. The photos are making my mouth water!

  • Reply
    Kelly Edgar
    March 5, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    This looks so amazingly tasty ! I think I may try this recipe for lunch today 😀

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      It so easy to make and you can knock one for lunch quickly enough with all the ingredients ready.

  • Reply
    Doreen Pinto
    March 5, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Oh, I love me a good cooking blog! So many great recipes to choose from. But baking seems like a lot of time. If I bake anything I try to keep it under 30 minutes

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:23 pm

      I get you there! Life is too short for long bakes although I must confess sometimes even I make the time for something that turns out this delicious.

  • Reply
    Journa Ramirez
    March 5, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    This dish looks flavorful and delicious. I can’t wait to make some and let my family try it!

  • Reply
    Annie
    March 5, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I love Brie and this looks amazing! I love that delicate crust!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm

      It’s easy to make with the ready bought puff pastry base.

  • Reply
    Miljana
    March 5, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Wow, your blog is beautiful! And I love every recipe. 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you so much Miljana, you very kind to say that 🙂

  • Reply
    Melinda
    March 5, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    I LOVE Brie, but have never ventured past just using it as a spread on a baguette. This looks and sounds amazing though, I think it’s definitely time to try something new! Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Brie tastes lovely eaten on baguette but it is so versatile that you just have to use it in these appetizers or even on oven baked toast.

  • Reply
    sian
    March 5, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I have never tried Fig before but this recipe is making me drool. The photos of it look incredible!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Thank you Sian! Spring will be upon us soon when the first figs will be appearing if you are in the northern hemisphere. I hope you find some to enjoy this year.

  • Reply
    Trisha
    March 5, 2018 at 9:35 am

    This looks fantastic. I wish we would get puff pastry where I stay in India.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 11:08 am

      I have not made puff pastry in many years because I find really lovely butter puff pastry in my supermarket. Hopefully I will have the nerve to try my mother’s recipes that she used for pies.

  • Reply
    Jennifer Prince
    March 5, 2018 at 6:23 am

    The title made me think “no way” that I could ever do this, but you made it look so simple. And in those tiny tart pans – they are so adorable!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

      Haha I used to hate those tart pans when I was young because they were just to shallow for the cupcakes I wanted to make. I love them now though because they are perfect for little tarts.

  • Reply
    Noelle Lynne
    March 5, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Talk about delicious looking, bookmarking this now. Going to attempt and make this for dinner tomorrow, looks delicious.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 9:23 am

      I hope you are able to find fresh figs. I would love to hear how it turned out for you.

  • Reply
    Quirky Homemaker
    March 4, 2018 at 11:27 pm

    I haven’t made too many things with fig and I don’t think I’ve ever bought a fresh fig before in my life! I’ll have to put that on my list of things to do. This tart sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

      Depending on where you are located you will usually find fresh figs in season in late spring and summer. Hope you get some lovely sweet ones.

  • Reply
    Ashlee | She Can Social
    March 3, 2018 at 11:54 pm

    Oh wow, these look incredible! I haven’t tried many things with fig, but I’m thinking these would be too yummy to pass up!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 4, 2018 at 5:32 pm

      I’m beginning to realise I was not the only person who had a childhood deprived of fresh figs. If you can find them, try ripe Mission figs (also known as Black Mission or Franciscana figs).

  • Reply
    Cia Black
    March 3, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    I have never had fig outside of the Fig Newton bars. And I can’t stand them. Have you had them before? If you have do they taste different?This looks to appetizing but my fear of taste is keeping my abay. I’m going to have to give it a try.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      I had no idea what a Fig Newton bar was and had to google it. I doubt fresh figs taste anything like it.

      Today I tasted something very delicious that actually made me wonder what I can do with dried figs. It was one of those one bite appetizers served on a spoon with a butternut puree on the base of the spoon, a thin slice of smoked duck rolled and placed on top of the butternut puree and topped with a dot of dried fig puree and a redcurrant. The sweet, smoky and slightly salty flavors together were fabulous flavor explosion.

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    March 3, 2018 at 9:45 am

    I love trying new recipes- although I’m not the best cook to be honest! This looks like a fun one to try for my best friends birthday.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      These are quite easy so you do not need to be a cordon bleu trained chef to make it :). Have fun making them.

  • Reply
    London Mumma
    March 2, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    These tarts look like a real weekend treat, luckily for me tomorrow is the weekend and I think i’ll whip these up. Hopefully I wont burn them.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 4, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      They don’t take that long to bake so hopefully no burnt tarts 🙂

  • Reply
    Nammi
    March 2, 2018 at 8:54 am

    oh this loooks yummy,should try this as I rarely use brie .

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      I love eating brie it’s just ripe and tastes smooth and creamy. I don’t really care for the smell or texture when it is overripe.

  • Reply
    ANna
    March 1, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I’m not really great at the kitchen, but I love figs and the recipe didn’t seem that hard to make so I think I’ll definitely give it a try this weekend. Wish me luck!
    Thank you for sharing, really delicious lookin’ photos 😉

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 1, 2018 at 10:10 am

      You are most welcome 🙂 Let me know how they turned out.

  • Reply
    Amalia
    February 28, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Razena caramelized onions and brie in the same dish? Looks amazing! I will try to follow your recipe to see how the figs connect with the other ingredients but looks like heaven!

  • Reply
    Mike Morgan
    February 28, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    I need to try this! Never tried using roasted figs before!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      March 1, 2018 at 10:07 am

      Unfortunately not all figs are sweet as honey even when they are ripe, and I find roasting them adds so much flavor and seems to bring out the sweetness 🙂

  • Reply
    Alison Rost
    February 28, 2018 at 4:42 am

    This looks so good and surprisingly easy to make. I would love to make this especially if I’m hosting a party. I’ve always liked the combination of sweet and savory!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 28, 2018 at 11:55 am

      The roasted figs and caramelized onions can me made a few days ahead and stored covered in the refrigerator. On the day all you have to do is assemble and bake before the guests arrive.

  • Reply
    Kweni
    February 28, 2018 at 12:39 am

    This looks so lovely I’m drooling. I will give figs a chance even if I’m not a big fan of it just because it looks so yummy together with the other ingredients.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

      Haha roasted figs will surely make you a fan. It adds a completely different flavor.

  • Reply
    Brian
    February 27, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    I would skip the caramelized onions, but everything else sounds great! Gonna read your Thai fish cake recipe next!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 28, 2018 at 11:48 am

      The Thai fish cakes are awesome but those photos! I suspect they were taken with my blackberry when I knew nothing about Food photography 🙂

  • Reply
    Stephanie Lane
    February 27, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I’ve never been a big fan of Brie. But you have piqued my interest adding the figs and caramelized onions. I made a few of your recipes before and they’ve turned out great, so I’ll give this one a try.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

      I love brie with preserved figs and crackers or a lovely seed bread but this is quite delicious too. I am eternally grateful to the French baker who showed me the possibilities.

  • Reply
    macy
    February 27, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I love figs. I can imagine your kitchen must be smelling like some fancy French bakery when it was baking 😉 I have some Gruyere left in the fridge, maybe can try to make something like that tomorrow using your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 28, 2018 at 11:49 am

      You are so right! I felt so bad for my neighbor because I suspect he gets all the food aromas from my kitchen that happens to adjoin his bedroom wall.

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