Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fig & Strawberry Tart with Cardamom Cream and a Pistachio Shell

I'm in love with tarts. No, not the loose women who work in a bordello, the tasty creations brought forth from a simple fluted pan with a removable bottom. Actually, come to think of it...that does kind of sound like a loose woman.

As I was walking through the farmer's market on Monday I spied some beautiful figs. As I've mentioned before, I dig figs. They're tasty little guys. Husband wasn't too sure about them, but I think this tart may change his mind. I especially liked the cardamom cream. I had no idea what I was going to fill it with and contemplated using the vanilla bean pastry cream I have in my fridge. But, the pastry cream's intended for something else...and who wants to make pastry cream more often than you really have to, right? The cardamom cream is ridiculously easy, and soooo tasty. I had to come post this so I'd stop eating it out of the bowl. The pistachio shell is adapted from Tony Tahhan. And it is deeelishus. I didn't bother deviating from the recipe, so I won't post it here. But, if you're interested I highly recommend checking out his blog and recipes.

Fig & Strawberry Tart with Cardamom Cream and a Pistachio Shell

3 figs
1 pint strawberries
cardamom cream
pistachio tart shell

Pistachio Tart Shell

Cardamom Cream

1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cardamom seed, crushed

1. In a heavy saucepan combine all ingredients and heat until sugar is dissolved. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve and chill completely.

2. Using an immersion blender/hand mixer/whisk(for those of you who are bad ass) whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Chill until needed.


Fill the tart shell with the cardamom cream, arrange sliced strawberries and figs over the top. Chill until served.


_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...


Looks fantabulously, magnifi-tacularly good!

I'm not usually attracted to "desserts", but wow -- cardamom cream and pistachio crust...

cookiecrumb said...

Ohgod, you did it again! OUTdid it!
Wow, it's beautiful.

Zoomie said...

I'm truly impressed - it's a work of art!

Sweet Bird said...

ts - Thank you! I'm telling you, that cardamom whipped cream is to die for.

cookie & zoomie - Thank you!

Kevin said...

That looks so good! Great presentation! I like the cardamom in the cream.

redmenace said...

This is a work of art. Lovely!

Jude said...

That looks way too good to slice into. I'd hate to be the first one to ruin that beauty.

Antonio Tahhan said...

what a stunning tart!! I love figs, but I can't seem to find any good ones around here...
I'm glad you liked the pistachio crust :) great job!

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I tried the recipe a couple of days ago, I must say that it is just amazing, my family were very surprised.

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