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Custard tart with figs and roasted marzipan

Custard fig tart |

I’ve had a few really frustrating days behind me. Frustrating because things didn’t turn out the way I had pictured. Frustrated because feedback from the client took hours (days). Frustrated because my whole planning went overboard, but most of all frustrated because no one is really very happy with the end result. I guess bad vibes all over. Thank god, that doesn’t happen very often. In fact hardly ever. And maybe that is the reason I am taking things like this so personal. Is it me? What could I have done better? Have I misinterpreted things? Did we have a severe case of miscommunication?

Custard fig tart

I am quite an insecure person. You might not think that if you read my blog, but it is true. And I find things like this hard to handle. I always blame myself most of all. I start to really doubt myself and my abilities to do my job properly. And maybe I should. People hire me because they have certain expectations. And if I don’t deliver on those expectations – for whatever reason – something clearly went wrong. In any case; it sucks big time. But at this moment there is not much I can do to fix it.

‘I wish I had…’ is rather pointless at this stage. So.. I want to eat comfort food. And that is when you get to this delicious fig tart. Chocful of sugar, cream and – to top it off – roasted marzipan. Take a little bite though, because it is as rich as it is delicious. You have been warned. You can use figs as we did, or you can fill it with any other fruit you have lying around. The base is a shortcrust pastry, on top of that a small layer of roasted marzipan and than that lovely creamy custard. O and it’s almost christmas (right? 🙂 ) so you can use this really well as a christmas dessert. You won’t look bad if you do!

5 from 1 vote
Custard fig tart |
Tart with custard, roasted marzipan and figs
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Keyword: custard, figs
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 445 kcal
For the crust:
  • 2.5 cups 310 gr all purpose flour
  • 56 gr sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 sticks 8 oz unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/4" cubes 8 oz unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/4" cubes
  • 3 tbsp ice-cold water or just enough to hold the pastry together
For the custard:
  • 3 eggyolks
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 gr sugar
  • Roasted marzipan
  • Figs or any other fruit you like
For the pastry:
  1. At least 30 minutes before rolling and baking (or up to 1 day in advance) prepare the pastry. In the bowl of a food processor, fitted with a plastic blade, pulse together the flour and salt. Add the butter and pulse rapidly, about 40-50 times, or until the butter is blended into the flour and is coarse and the size of small peas.
  2. Gradually add the water in a small trickle, with the processor running. Continue adding just as the pastry starts coming together in the shape of a loose, crumbly ball.
  3. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a disc, about 1″ high, and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

    Once you're ready to start baking preheat the oven to 350˚F (180˚C)

  5. Roll out the dough and blind bake the tarts for about 15-20 minutes or until browned around the edges 

For the custard:
  1. Mix the cornflour with a few tbsp of the milk and stir until smooth. Add all ingredients together and cook au bain marie (in a double broiler) until the custard become thick and glossy.
  2. Once you’ve blind baked your tarts, add bits of the roasted marzipan on the bottom. Try and keep it thin, but it is not so bad if you can’t.. 🙂 Pour the custard on top and smooth.
  3. Press your fruit into the custard and bake for another 15 minutes in the oven to finish
  4. If you can restrain yourself it is best to wait until the tart is cooled before cutting and eating… 😉
Nutrition Facts
Tart with custard, roasted marzipan and figs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 445 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 77mg26%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1169IU23%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. This tart would be wonderful on a Christmas buffet table, but please could you tell me how you roasted the marzipan & was it as a single piece?  Thank you

    • I didn’t roast the marzipan actually. I got it as a gift from a friend, so it is sold as roasted marzipan. In this case it was bought in Germany. Not sure if it would be sold anywhere else. You can substitute for regular marzipan though.

  2. What a gorgeous tart, pinning to my figs board!

  3. Roasted marzipan, what a cool ingredient! I can imagine it tastes lovely 🙂 Such a gorgeous tart! Comfort food indeed 😀

  4. 5 stars
    What a great recipe; I just made 2 of these fig tarts and they set beautifully! They were delicious and my family already wants me to make more!

    I couldn’t find what temperature to bake the tarts at, so I just tried 350F and it worked great.

    Thank you for the great recipe!

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