Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts Recipe

Fig and Goat Cheese Tarts Recipe

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

There are times when what you're looking for is an elegant brunch, and you want it right now. These simple fig and goat cheese tarts are just that—simple and elegant—and can hit the table in under half an hour.

Sweet dried figs and creamy goat cheese are a classic pair; here they're seasoned gently with fresh thyme, salt and pepper. A green salad with a tart lemon vinaigrette is the perfect thing to cut through the richness. Add a bottle of rosé and you have the perfect weekend brunch.

  • Yield:Serves 4
  • Active time: 10 minutes
  • Total time:25 minutes


  • 1/2 pound frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons fig jam
  • 1/4 cup soft goat cheese
  • 4 dried figs, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs thyme, leaved finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. 1.

    Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat to 375°F. Cut puff pastry into 4 squares. Brush edges of each piece with beaten egg and fold puff pastry over itself to make a 1/2-inch border, sealing with your fingers.

  2. 2.

    Spread 1/2 teaspoon fig jam in center of each tart top jam with 1 tablespoon goat cheese, then top goat cheese with sliced dried figs. Sprinkle each tart with chopped thyme and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cheese is soft and pastry is brown.

  3. 3.

    Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.