Figs can be used in both savoury and sweet dishes. In this fig tart recipe, Tom Aikens recognises the extraordinary combination of figs and pastry, serving with a sublime cinnamon ice cream. To save time, make the ice cream and crème pâtissière ahead of the fig tart

For the cinnamon ice cream, place the milk and cream into a pan with the vanilla beans and cinnamon sticks. Bring this up to a low heat until it starts to steam. Remove the pan from the heat, and leave for 5 minutes to infuse
In a bowl, mix the egg yolks with the sugar, cinnamon powder and reserved vanilla seeds from the pods, then whisk for 3-4 minutes
Pour the infused milk into the bowl with the egg mix, and whisk these together. Place the mixture back into the pan, stirring with a wooden spoon on a low heat for 5-8 minutes until thick. Once thick, tip into a clean bowl straight away to cool
Leave the cream mixture at room temperature for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then, place in the fridge to cool
Place the cream mixture into an ice cream maker to churn, or place in the freezer to set. If you are placing this in your freezer it will take longer to set, and you will need to keep stirring every 10 minutes or so until it has frozen
Churning ice cream and sorbet
If you turn the ice-cream maker on 5 minutes before churning, it will guarantee that the mixture being churned cools at a faster, more consistent rate. Check on the ice cream and sorbet as it churns and consult the ice cream maker's instruction manual before use
For the crème pâtissière, put the milk and vanilla pod into a pan and bring up to a slow simmer. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar with the egg yolks and whisk until white. Add the flour and stir well, then slowly pour on the hot milk, whisking vigorously
Place the mixture back in the pan on a medium heat and bring the mixture up to a simmer, stirring with a wooden spoon - the cream should begin to thicken. Cook for 2-4 minutes, continually stirring, then pass the cream through a fine sieve into a bowl. Cover the crème pâtissière with cling film and leave to cool
To begin the fig tart, reheat the oven to 220ºC/gas mark 7 with the baking tray heating inside. Take the puff pastry out of the fridge and spread with the crème patissere. Slice the figs 2mm thick and lay them on top of the cream. Dust the figs in icing sugar all over until well covered, and sprinkle with a little cinnamon powder
Place the tart straight on the hot tray in the oven so the bottom will cook instantly and not be soggy. Bake the fig tart for 20-25 minutes until golden. Serve hot with the cinnamon ice cream
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Crème pâtissière

  • 150ml of milk
  • 1/2 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped
  • 30g of caster sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 20g of plain flour

Cinnamon ice cream


  1. Ice cream maker
  2. Fine sieve

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Well regarded chef, Tom Aikens, shares his fig tart recipe, also including a recipe for cinnamon ice cream which goes brilliantly with the tart

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fig is asking .where is my little nut ? nice sprinkle of roasted walnuts !!!
4 February 2013