Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart appetizer

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

The Caramelised Onion, fig and brie tart appetizer bites are sweet and savory with the subtle warmth of caramelised onions, the fragrance of figs, orange and sage and the crunch of walnuts.

The fig and brie tarts were inspired by the memory of the brie, sage and walnut breakfast bread I used to buy in Cape Town. It was roughly in the shape of a Naan, but the flavors and technique were all French.

I used to spend the icy Winter mornings commuting to the Cape Town city centre and passed by a boulangerie owned by a French couple on my way to the office. I could not help but respond to the silent call of their nutty sweet smelling freshly baked loaves and caramelised onion tart.

Very often new recipe inspiration comes from an aroma or the beautiful colors of a display of fresh produce. One day I spied out of the corner of my eye a mound of sweet ripe figs and could not resist picking up a few. I loved the roasted figs with honey and orange that I had made previously and wanted to use it with caramelised onions and brie in puff pastry.

I decided to make these brie appetizers and it is one of my favorite vegetarian puff pastry recipes.

I grabbed a wedge of brie, brown onions for these caramelised onions, fresh sage and a dozen fresh figs. The result was these delightfully fragrant and flavorful Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart appetizers made with puff pastry.

You can also make a caramelised onion tart and leave off the figs but keep the cheese for a savory cheese and onion tart.

You can substitute the brie with goats cheese and make goats cheese and caramelised onion tart. The goats cheese has a more distinctive flavor than cows milk cheese so make sure you like the taste before purchase.

The fig, cheese and onion tartlets were easy to make and even easier to eat, when it finally made it’s appearance. Sweet, savory, crunchy…

Read more: How to make Caramelised Onions like a Pro

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart

Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart appetizer

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.
4.91 from 21 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetiser
Cuisine French
Servings 12
Calories 351 kcal


  • 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


  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius, or 180 degrees with a fan assisted oven.
  • Cut the figs in half lengthways.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bake for 10 minutes and remove from the oven to cool while you prepare the pastry sheet.
  • 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.
  • Prick the pastry base/s with a fork and place into the freezer to firm up until the figs are cool enough to use.
  • 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
  • Brush egg on the exposed border to help it color.
  • Scatter the figs cut side up over the caramelised onions, then add the chunks of brie, chopped walnuts and broken pieces of sage. 
  • Bake in the hot oven for 25 minutes until the pastry is cooked.


  • 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.


Serving: 75gCalories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 8gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 30mgSodium: 189mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 220IUVitamin C: 7.8mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 1.5mg

Disclaimer: Nutritional information for the recipe is an approximation and varies according to the ingredients and products used.

Keyword easy holiday baking, halaal recipes, make-ahead, vegetarian
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This recipe was first published on 30 May 2015 and has since been updated.


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  • 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
    March 7, 2018 at 10:35 am

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

  • Reply
    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.

    • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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.