The results were, well, kind of mixed. Matt felt the figs weren't a great match for the other ingredients. I liked the flavors together but thought that the tart needed a little something else. Perhaps a little of another cheese like Parmesan. I would also maybe double the amount of onions I used.
The filling turned out really light, almost like a soufflé and made for a nice light dinner with a spinach salad. This is a combination I'd like to play with some more. I think using the puff pastry as more of a pizza style crust & topping it with the figs, onions & cheese alone would make for an amazing appetizer.
Fig & Camembert Tart
1 sheet puff pastry (1/2 a package)
1/2 T olive oil
1- 2 medium onions, sliced thin
2/3 c milk
4.5 oz camembert, I removed the rind but you can leave it on.
1/4 t thyme
1 beaten egg
10 dry Black Mission figs, roughly chopped
Let puff pastry sit at room temperature until thawed, about 40 minutes.
Heat the olive oil over low heat in a small skillet. Add the onions. Let the onions cook slowly until they are golden brown, stirring as needed, 30 - 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not allow to boil. Reduce heat to low & add the camembert. Stir until melted (if you left the rind on it may not melt completely). Let cool. Whisk in the thyme & beaten egg.
Preheat the oven to 400 F.
Roll the puff pastry out slightly, until its just big enough to fit a buttered 9" pie pan. Lay in the pan & trim off any excess. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Remove chilled pie crust. Cover the bottom of the pie pan with the figs & onions. Pour the cheese mixture over the top. Place in the center of the oven & bake for 30 minutes until the filling is puffy, set & golden brown.
Let sit a few minutes before cutting to serve.
Makes 1 9" pie
* Ile de France sent me some of their new French Camembert. It's beautiful, creamy, slightly stinky & perfect on a cracker or in a recipe. The CA Fig Advisory Board sent me an assortment of fresh & dried figs, these dried black mission figs were sticky & moist with tons of flavor. Neither company reimbursed me in any other way or required me to review their product.
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