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Par Pierre HERME
FOR THIS RECIPE
- Serves 6/8
1/ Sweetened shortcrust pastry
- 250g type 45 flour
- 190g softened butter at room temperature
- 5g Guérande flower of salt
- 3.5g caster sugar
- ½ egg yolk (10 g)
- 50ml fresh whole milk at room temperature
With a mixer
Sift the flower into a bowl. Fit a plastic blade to the mixer, cut the butter up into pieces, and put the butter, flower of salt and sugar in the bowl. Add the egg yolk and milk. Mix until thoroughly combined.
Then add the flour. Mix until the dough forms a ball, then switch off. Wrap the ball of dough in a piece of cling film. Leave it to rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Place the finely diced butter in a bowl. Soften the butter by squashing it with a wooden spatula, stirring it quickly. In a bowl, mix together the milk, flower of salt and sugar, then trickle this into the butter, mixing at regular intervals. Add the egg yolk.
Sift the flower into a bowl. Incorporate it into the butter a bit at a time. Quickly knead the dough.
Place the dough on a floured working surface. Using the palm of your hand, squash it and push it away from you. Gather it into a ball and repeat the operation. Form the dough into a ball, then slightly flatten it. Wrap it in cling film. Leave it to rest in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
You can either use the dough immediately, after the resting time, or keep it in the refrigerator for 2 days, or freeze it in airtight sealed portions. Before using it, allow it to thaw slowly in the refrigerator. Roll it out once it has thawed, but do not work it any further as this would make for a hard texture.
Preheat your fan oven to 180 °C (Gas mark 4).
On a lightly floured working surface, roll out the sweetened shortcrust pastry to a thickness of about 2 mm, and use it to line a stainless steel tart ring 22 cm in diameter and 2 cm deep, forming it into a rim above the ring. Prick it with a fork and leave it to rest for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Next cover the dough with a piece of baking parchment, the edges snipped to make a fringe. Fill with dried beans. Put into the oven and bake for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and the beans. Return to the oven for a further 10 minutes.
2/ Crème pâtissière
- 250ml fresh whole milk
- ½ vanilla pod
- 65g caster sugar
- 60g egg yolk (about 3 yolks)
- 8g flour
- 17g flan powder
- 25g butter at room temperature
Bring the milk to the boil with the ½ vanilla pod, split in two, and with its seeds scraped out. Leave to infuse for 30 minutes, then strain. Whisk the sugar and egg yolks together, then add the flour and flan powder. As you continue to whisk, add one-third of the hot milk to this mixture at first, and then the remaining milk.
In a saucepan, bring the mixture back to the boil for 2 minutes, stirring all the time. Leave the crème pâtissière to cool, standing the pan in a large mixing bowl filled with ice cubes. Once it has cooled to 60 °C, add the butter in small pieces and mix. Cover the crème pâtissière tightly with cling film, leaving no air gaps, and keep it in the refrigerator.
3/ Cinnamon almond cream
- 125g butter
- 125g icing sugar
- 125g ground almonds
- 10g flan powder
- 75g egg (about 1½ eggs)
- 150g crème pâtissière
- 18g ground Ceylon cinnamon
Using a mixer fitted with a flat or flexi-beater, beat the butter, taking care not to make it fluffy. Then add all the other ingredients one by one, continuing to mix at low speed.
You must not incorporate air into the butter or the full mixture. If you do, the almond cream will expand as it cooks and then collapse unevenly immediately afterwards. Use straight away or store in the refrigerator.
4/ Cinnamon sugar
- 75g caster sugar
- 15g ground Ceylon cinnamon
Mix the ingredients together.
5/ Roasted figs
- 10g Cinnamon sugar
- 250g fresh figs, cut up
Preheat the fan oven to 230 °C. Remove the stalks from the figs and cut them into quarters, spread them out on a non-stick tray, dust them with the cinnamon sugar and cook them for 3 minutes. Remove them from the oven and leave to cool. If the figs release a lot of water, you are recommended to dry them prior to use.
6/ Compote of fresh and cooked figs
- 150g roasted figs
- 25g fresh lemon juice
- 25g caster sugar
- 4g pectin 325 NH95
- 125g frozen or fresh fig purée
- 50g fresh figs, stalks removed, cut into 1.5 to 2 cm dice
- 0.15g alcohol-free fig leaf flavour (Robertet - ref: 0081BZ34)
- 2½ × 2 g gelatine leaves
Soften the gelatine leaves in very cold water for at least 20 minutes. Mix the sugar and pectin together in a mixing bowl. In a saucepan, heat the lemon juice, fig puree and roasted figs to 40 °C; add the sugar/pectin mixture and bring to the boil. Then add the softened, squeezed-out gelatine, the diced fresh figs and the fig flavour. Mix together and pour 300 g of it into a 16 cm diameter stainless steel ring to set. Freeze then remove from the ring and store in the freezer.
7/ Assembling and cooking the tart
- Fresh raspberries
Using a disposable piping bag fitted with a no. 12 plain nozzle, pipe 200 g of the cinnamon almond cream into the tart base and arrange 90 g of fresh raspberries on top. Bake in a fan oven at 160 °C for approximately 25 minutes. Leave to cool at room temperature.
8/ Finishing touches
- 225g fresh figs
- Apricot jam
- Raspberry jam
- 5 fresh raspberries
Cut the figs into quarters. Warm the apricot jam to approximately 35 °C and completely cover the sides of the tart. Stick the cinnamon sugar to the sides and rim of the tart. Warm the raspberry jam to approximately 35 °C. Place the disc of fresh and cooked fig compote on a rack placed on a tray; cover it with the raspberry jam then smooth the top with a palette knife. Carefully place it in the centre of the tart. Around it arrange the quartered figs and then, on top, decorate with 5 fresh raspberries.
Keep at room temperature. Before serving, dust the tart with cinnamon sugar. To be eaten on the day it is made.
9/ Recommended drinks
Mineral water, black tea, coffee.
10/ Mr Hermé recommends:
– preferably use Solliès figs
– make sure they are not too large
– make sure they are good and ripe
– for the roasted figs, do not pile them up on the tray and do not overcook them
OUR SMALL STEPS
The Best Apprentice of France «Pastry» 2023 is Theo Levavasseur.
Congratulations to him and the 14 finalists who invested in this ambitious contest that Relais Desserts is proud to support.
Relais Desserts is the official partner of the Meilleurs Apprentis de France Pastry competition which will take place on March 13 at the CFA of Arras. We wish all candidates good luck!
The final of the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France Pastry event was held last week at the Lenôtre School. The candidates' buffets were magnificent and we look forward to the results.
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