Ricotta Fig Tart with Bourbon Syrup
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Ricotta Fig Tart With Bourbon Sauce

Sometimes, and this is one of those times, I’m not entirely clear on the difference between a pie and a tart. I know, generally, the difference between the two (I think). Pies are usually deeper, have a flaky crust, and are normally served in the pan they are baked in. Tarts meanwhile have a more firm crust. They usually have straight edges, are more shallow, and are usually removed from their pans before serving. This Ricotta Fig Tart is bordering on pie, but I’ll stick with calling it a tart!

Whether you call it a pie or a tart, the combination of whipped ricotta, figs, raspberries, and a quick bourbon syrup is 100% delicious.

It’s kind of hard to find fresh figs unless you happen to be in California where they are pretty abundant during the summer months. Don’t fret though if you can’t find any good ones at your store. You can substitute dried figs (reconstituted) or you could substitute other fresh fruit, but personally I think the figs are the best choice. If you don’t use figs though, you might want to up the sugar in the filling a bit. The filling is not particularly sweet because the figs are really sweet.

  • This recipe was updated on August 13, 2019 to include new photos and directions.
Ricotta Fig Tart with Bourbon Syrup

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Ingredients

8-10 figs, sliced
6 ounces (approximately) of fresh raspberries
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1 Cup ricotta cheese
3 Tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Bourbon Butter Sauce:

2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 Cup sugar
1/4 Cup bourbon
1/4 Cup water

Almond Pie Crust

1 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 Cup almond flour
8 Tablespoons (1 Stick) butter
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1/2 Teaspoon sugar
1 - 3 Tablespoons very cold water
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Directions

For the pie crust:

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut in the butter and slowly add the water.

Roll this into a ball and then stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes. Roll it out onto a lightly floured surface.

Transfer dough to a 9-inch pie pan, poke a bunch of holes in the bottom and around the sides with a fork to make sure the crust doesn’t puff up while baking.

Press a layer of foil into the crust and fold it around the edges to hold the crust in shape.

Bake this at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. As soon as you pull it out of the oven, gently lift off the foil. If the bottom is still kind of soggy, bake for 5 more minutes. The crust needs to be completely cooked before filling it.

Cool completely before filling.

Finishing the Tart:

Add the cream to a large bowl and whisk until it begins to turn stiff.

Gently stir or fold in the ricotta and all the spices.

Once it is all mixed up, you can fill the pie crust with the mixture. Make sure the pie crust is completely cool before filling it.

Wash the fruit and dry them thoroughly. If you are using dried figs, reconstitute them in steaming hot water for 30 minutes. Then dry and slice.

Arange around pie on top of filling.

Optional Bourbon Sauce:

Melt the butter in a sauce pan and stir in the sugar, bourbon, and water. Let that simmer together and reduce until the sugar is completely dissolved. Maybe 5 minutes. It should be slightly syrupy.

Let it cool before coating the dessert. Drizzle it on the fruit-topped dessert.

Making the Fig Tart Crust

This is very much a pie crust recipe which really shifts the debate toward “pie” for this dessert. The crust uses almond flour which makes it flakier, but also easier to crack. Don’t worry about it if the crust cracks a bit while baking.

After your almond flour is mixed with salt and flour, cut in your butter and add ice cold water like a normal pie crust. I found that this dough came together really easily.

Crust - Ricotta Fig Tart

Making crust

At some point you’ll end up with a mixture that will easily hold together if you press it.

Roll this into a ball and then stick it in the freezer for 10 minutes. That will keep the butter into nice chunks. Then roll it out onto a lightly floured surface.

This crust rolls easily but it is also delicate. Don’t worry if it cracks a bit while you are moving it into your pie pan.

Crust baking - Ricotta Fig Tart

Ready to bake

I used just a normal pie pan for this because that’s what I had on hand. I poked a bunch of holes in the bottom and around the sides with a fork to make sure that it doesn’t puff up while baking.

After doing that, I was still worried that it was going to puff up while baking so I pressed some foil on the top of the crust to help it keep it in place.

Bake this at 400 degrees for about 20-25 minutes until the edges are golden brown. As soon as you pull it out of the oven, gently lift off the foil. If the bottom is still kind of soggy, bake for 5 more minutes. The crust needs to be completely cooked before filling it.

After it comes out and is golden brown, make sure to cool it completely before filling.

Crust for Ricotta Fig Tart

Finished Crust!

Making the Ricotta Tart Filling

This filling is really simple. Add your cream to a large bowl and whisk until it begins to turn stiff. Also known as whipped cream people. Don’t over whip it or you’ll be staring at a bowl of butter.

Then gently stir or fold in your ricotta and all the spices. Adjust this to your tastes, but I found this to be a good balance. The filling was really light but still had some spice to it. When mixing in the ricotta and spices try to keep it really light. Gentle is good here.

Filled tart - Ricotta Fig Tart

Filled.

Once it is all mixed up, you can fill your pie crust with the mixture. It should fit perfectly.

Making the Bourbon Syrup (optional)

I wanted something light to drizzle over my tart and a bourbon syrup seemed like a good idea. This is completely optional. The tart is great without it but the butter bourbon combo just kicks it up a notch. You could also use rum!

Just simmer everything together until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reduces by about half. That should take 5-6 minutes and any alcohol will cook off during that time as well. Then let this syrup cool in the fridge until you’re ready to drizzle.

Bourbon Sauce - Ricotta Fig Tart

Can I use Fresh or Dried Figs?

You can use either fresh or dried figs for this recipe. Dried figs are available year around and easy to reconstitute by placing them in steaming hot water for about 30 minutes. Fresh figs are the best if you can find them!

I used dried on this particular day and they work great.

Dried Figs - Ricotta Fig Tart

Dried Figs.

Once my figs were reconstituted they had close to the same texture as fresh figs.

Single fig - Fig tart

Single fig.

Finishing the Ricotta Fig Tart

Make sure your pie crust is completely cool before filling it. In fact, I put mine in the fridge so it was actually cold. If it is at all warm, your filling will just melt like ice cream on asphalt.

Slice your figs into coins and place them around the tart alternating with the raspberries. Finish the tart with a light drizzle of bourbon syrup!

Ricotta Fig Tart

This Ricotta Fig Tart was very good and at the end of the day. It’s best to let it chill in the fridge for a few hours after assembling it so the flavors can set a bit, but it’s fine to serve it right away also. The filling might just be a little loose if you serve it right away.

Anybody a fig fan?! Leave a comment!

Here are a few other great Pie and Tart recipes!

16 comments on “Ricotta Fig Tart With Bourbon Sauce

  1. This looks really delicious.

    I've never had figs, what do they taste like? Also, I see that you paired them with raspberries – any particular reason for that, or is it just what you had on hand?

  2. @Niki

    Hmm… figs. They are very sweet. And have a smooth texture to the flesh. The seeds are very edible. I paired them with raspberries because the raspberries are kind of tart and I thought they would compliment the sweetness of figs nicely.

    Figs are delicious but they are kind of temperamental. They go bad in about 2 or 3 days. They don't store well at all as far as I can tell. So you have to buy them at the perfect time and use them right away. If you can't find good ones then just don't bother ;)

  3. MMMMMMMMM, this looks so yummy. Me, from Wyoming, sigh. Still looks yummy.

    BTW, I sincerely hope that When I say Congratulations on your Engagement that it was not a 2 day bender. lol

  4. Your figs are green? When I get them, they're purple…

    Sounds like an amazing tart though. I wish I could get figs regularly in Colorado..

  5. That looks so good! We have figs in the garden at work (I am doing my Ph.D. at a botanical institute) and that is the perfect idea for them!

  6. Hello Nick,

    Just found this site – which you probably already knew about. They have an article about the difference between pies and tarts, and also mention a couple of historic cook books. It was a question (pie vs tart)I was throwing around in the back of my mind, but never really dug into…

    http://www.pastrysampler.com/Articles/Pastry_Baki

    I am a new subscriber to your blog and I really enjoy it – great site!

  7. we hv tons here in vancouver, bc.

    the only way to use them that i could come up with was fresh fig muffin.

    now, i know one more.

    thanks for sharing.

  8. @Nick, a very nice looking tart. Around here, blackberries are just coming into season, so I would be throwing them on top as well. This looks so nice that I am thinking I will put it on my banquet menu for weddings. For that, I like to put a neutral glaze on the top to preserve the freshness of the berries/figs. I like apricot jam.

    Thank you for a eye poppin, mouth watering gallery of photos. I wish I could take them like that.

  9. Thank you for the delicious recipe! I made this tart for my friends with fresh figs from my back yard.

    They were pleased.

  10. This looks really yummy..I have two fig trees, one green and one mission black, so I will definitely be trying your recipe tomorrow…For the poster who asked about the colors of figs, they come in several varieties, black, brown, purple and green. I personally prefer the darker colors, because the insides are beatiful rich colors, and I find the green ones usually have a thicker skin. I also think of the difference between pie and tart to be the topping. Pie is either topped with merrienge, whipped cream or crust, whereas tarts are usually topped with a glaze, or crumbly tops so you see the beauty of the fruits inside. I often use do tarts without a pan at all (called a country tart) and just bake them in a jelly roll pan so they don't make a mess out of the bottom of my oven, but in those instances you do not prebake the crust.

  11. “The crust uses almost flour which makes it flakier, but also easier to crack.” Auto-correct/spell check strikes again! Does look good though,we had a fig tree in south Louisiana – I miss fresh figs!

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