Any time a dish -- sweet or savory -- doesn't taste quite perfect, or seems to need a little spark of something, I reach for a lemon. Lemon juice and zest breathe new life into flavors, bring zippy contrast to the sweetness of fruit, and add an element of springy freshness to almost any recipe. Here, I use zest to pick up the flavor of a basic tart crust – and it also perfumes the figs, mild goat cheese, and honey that are dotted on top. Crostata is my favorite quick-trick for making fruit tarts, because you can skip the tart pan altogether. It's an Italian flat-hand formed tart. On top, you can use almost any jam plus soft fruit or berries, as long as it isn't too juicy (orange sections or grapes, for example, would be too juicy).
Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand
Show: Sweet Dreams
Episode: Cheesy Endings
Save Recipe Print
Total:
2 hr
Active:
30 min
Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients

Directions

Make the dough: Blend the flour, sugar, and lemon zest at low speed in a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the butter and continue blending at low speed until the mixture is coarse and sandy-looking. Add the beaten egg and blend just until the mixture comes together. Form into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

On a floured surface, roll the dough out to a rough circle, about 8 inches in diameter. The dough may seem crumbly but you can just push it back together and make patches if necessary. Transfer to the prepared pan. All around the circle, fold in the outer 1/2-inch of the pastry to form a naturally raised, "rustic" edge to the tart. Don't press the edge down.

Using your fingers, break the goat cheese into small pieces, sprinkling it over the bottom of the tart (not the edges). Arrange the fig halves in concentric circles over the goat cheese and drizzle the figs with honey. Bake about 25 to 30 minutes, or until the underside of the tart crust is browned.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Grilled Fish and Pineapple 01:02

Pineapple planks are your tasty solution for grilling fish filets.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Sauteed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Lemon Zest

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence

Lavender and Lemon Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Spinach Salad with Meyer Lemon Caesar Dressing and Flatbread Croutons

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay

Lemon Spaghetti with Jumbo Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Apple Crostata

Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Blueberry Crostata

Plum Crostata

Recipe courtesy of Gale Gand

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          Get Cooking

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.