Broiled figs are nestled in a dark chocolate ganache made with coconut milk and an almond flour press-in crust.
Late summer and early fall are high season for figs, which means delicately sweet specimens are in abundance at the market right now.
Of all the fruit that comes into season during this time, I can never resist fresh figs and to be honest, I’ll take any excuse to indulge.
Soft with the tiniest of seeds, fresh figs are ephemeral in nature with only a brief window when they are at their most glorious. They come in many varieties but two of the most commonly found in here are: Calimyrna and Black Mission figs. Calimyrna’s have a greenish-yellow skin and a mild almost nutty taste, while Black Missions are a deep purple-black when ripe.
Although I’ve been seeing plenty of both kinds lately, it was the Calimyrnas that caught my eye the other day, they were plump, golden and lusciously sweet.
What I love about figs is their chameleon-like nature, they have an ability to subtly elevate and compliment both savory and sweet dishes. You can serve them simply with a drizzle of honey and yogurt, or pair them with cheese and wine. Figs also love to be in the company of chocolate so I paired mine with a dark chocolate coconut milk ganache in an almond tart crust. The process is reassuringly easy: a press-in crust filled with a quick ganache, chilled and dusted with cocoa.
We start with honey for sweetness, and the figs take a short trip under the broiler to caramelize and concentrate the flavors, then tucked away underneath a thick coating of chocolate ganache. After a rest in the fridge to firm up, this dense and silky tart is ready to serve.