Indulge in a Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart

Lightly sweet and buttery, this Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart Recipe is a beautiful balance of flavors that make it the perfect dessert for any day of the year. As someone who’s always been passionate about baking, I can confidently say that this tart is a masterpiece.

When I first came up with this recipe, I knew I wanted something with figs – these delicious fruits are both timeless and modern, perfectly balancing the bitterness of honey and tanginess of mascarpone cheese. The salty graham cracker crust adds just the right amount of texture, making a smooth Dacquoise-like paste.

But what sets this dish apart is its unique balance of creamy tartness and crunchiness. You’ll experience the creamy, airy texture of mascarpone cream all combined with crunchy pistachio whenever you take every bite. Take a little spoonful to your mouth and let it rest on your tongue just let the flavors take over.

Whether you’re entertaining guests or feed a hungry family at home, this honey mascarpone tart recipe is perfect for satisfying cravings, lifting spirits and getting everyone in the mood for more sweetness. Try this recipe today – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart
Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart

If you’re a fan of figs, honey, and anything remotely sweet, then you’re in for a treat. This Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart Recipe is not only easy to make but will take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.

Imagine a creamy fig and mascarpone filling nestled in a buttery graham cracker crust topped with fresh figs and drizzled with hot honey – are you drooling yet? This tart is the perfect balance between salty and sweet thanks to the graham cracker crust and a sprinkle of sea salt on top. The creamy texture of the mascarpone filling perfectly complements the fresh figs’ chewiness, making each bite perfect.

But what makes this tart even more special is the use of honey. Honey brings this tart to life with its rich sweetness and warms it up with just a touch of heat. Every bite of this creamy figgy goodness is coated in the sweet nectar, making it even more pleasurable to eat.

In conclusion, you’ll love this recipe because it’s easy to make, has a perfect balance of salty and sweet, and uses fresh figs and honey – two ingredients that are destined to make any dessert addicting. So go ahead – give into your cravings and indulge in this velvety smooth Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart. Your taste buds will thank you later!

Ingredient List

 A Match Made in Heaven: Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart.
A Match Made in Heaven: Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart recipe:

  • 8 oz graham crackers, finely ground
  • 1/4 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

Mascarpone Filling:

  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons crème fraîche
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  • Fresh figs, sliced
  • Honey, for drizzling

Special Equipment:

  • 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom

Make sure to have all these ingredients on hand before starting to prepare the recipe.

The Recipe How-To

 Indulge Your Senses with This Fig and Honey Tart.
Indulge Your Senses with This Fig and Honey Tart.

Now that you have all the ingredients for this fantastic Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart, let’s get started with the recipe how-to. In this recipe, we’ll be making a buttery crust mixed with salty graham crackers, a sweet honey mascarpone filling and topped with caramelised figs.

Making the Crust

To start with the crust, preheat the oven to 160°C (325°F). Crush some graham crackers in a food processor until they turn into fine crumbs. In a mixing bowl, add the crumbs along with some caster sugar and melted butter. Thoroughly mix these ingredients until you get an even texture.

Take a 9-inch tart pan and evenly spread the mixture into it. Press down the mixture with your fingers so that it is compacted and leveled out in the pan.

Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.

Making the Honey Mascarpone Filling

Now, let’s move on to making our fig mascarpone filling. Grab a large bowl and mix together 8 ounces of room temperature mascarpone cheese, 4 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of honey.

In another bowl, whisk two large egg yolks until they become creamy. Add this to your cheese mixture along with 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream while constantly stirring with a spatula.

To complete your mascarpone filling, add half a cup of mascarpone cheese to your bowl while continuously whisking everything together until they become fully incorporated. Once you get a smooth consistency, pour this mixture over your crust evenly.

Arranging Caramelised Figs on Top

For your tart’s crown jewel, take fresh figs from your ingredient list (around 6-7 pieces), halve them lengthwise and place them cut side up on top of your mascarpone cream layer.

You can go an extra mile to give those figs an outstanding look that would merit an “oh my word!” response from you or whoever sees them by applying some clever techniques like drizzling heated honey atop them or roasting them lightly in brown sugar. Either way, they are just divine!

Put your Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart back in the oven at 350°F for about 25-30 minutes or until slightly firm on top but still jiggly towards its center. Let it cool down for at least an hour before serving.

And voila! You now have yourself an impressive and delicious dessert masterpiece that will have everyone raving about!

Substitutions and Variations

 Sweet, Decadent, and Delicious – the Perfect Tart.
Sweet, Decadent, and Delicious – the Perfect Tart.

Now, if you’re anything like me, sometimes you like to switch things up in the kitchen. Maybe you’re not a huge fan of figs or perhaps you just want to try something new. Well, have no fear my fellow bakers, because here are some substitutions and variations for this honey mascarpone tart recipe.

Firstly, let’s talk crust. If graham cracker isn’t your thing, then try out a puff pastry or even a frangipane tart base. You could also create a goat cheese tart by using goat cheese instead of mascarpone in the filling.

Now onto that delicious mascarpone filling. If you don’t have any mascarpone on hand or simply don’t care for it, cream cheese can be a great substitute. Want to try something different? Swap it out for creme fraiche which will give it a tangy flavor. For an extra nutty kick, consider topping the tart with pistachios instead of roasted figs.

Lastly, let’s talk about additions to the filling itself. Berry fans could add some fresh strawberries or raspberries to give the filling a fruity twist. Another option is to mix some fig jam into the filling for an extra burst of that delicious fig flavor.

There are many ways to make this recipe your own and experiment with subtle tweaks until it perfectly suits your personal preferences or occasion. So go ahead and get creative!

Serving and Pairing

 Golden Hour Deliciousness: Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart.
Golden Hour Deliciousness: Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart.


When it comes to serving and pairing this fig, honey and mascarpone tart recipe, the possibilities are endless. You can serve this delightful dessert as a standalone dish, or you can pair it with accompaniments that will take it to the next level.

One of the simplest ways to serve this tart is to top it with fresh figs or caramelized figs. This delicious fruit complements the creamy mascarpone filling of the tart perfectly, creating a balanced flavor profile that is both sweet and savory.

For an even more elevated experience, you can top the tart with a drizzle of hot honey. The heat from the honey will cut through the richness of the mascarpone, reviving your senses and leaving your taste buds refreshed.

If you want to take things up a notch, you can also serve this tart with a side of whipped cream or ice cream. These accompaniments complement the creamy fig filling and provide balance to the sweetness of the honey and figs in the recipe.

Additionally, for those who enjoy cheese pairings with their desserts, you can serve this fig tart alongside a tangy goat cheese tart or a frangipane tart. The combination of creamy mascarpone and sharp goat cheese creates an unforgettable flavor sensation that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Finally, beverage pairings are essential when it comes to any dessert. To complement this sweet and savory tart recipe perfectly, we recommend pairing it with a fruity cocktail or a chilled glass of white wine.

Overall, this fig, honey, and mascarpone tart is versatile when it comes to serving options. Whether as an accompaniment or by itself with your preferred beverage pairing choice, it’s sure to delight your guests and satisfy your cravings for something sweet.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Discover a Delicious Blend of Flavors with This Tart Recipe.
Discover a Delicious Blend of Flavors with This Tart Recipe.

One of the amazing things about this fig, honey and mascarpone tart recipe is that it can be prepared in advance and stored without losing its taste or texture. It’s an excellent choice for dessert lovers who want something easy to make ahead for a special occasion.

If you’re making this tart for a party or gathering, you can prepare the entire recipe up to 24 hours before serving. Simply cover the tart with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. This makes your life easier on the day of the event as all you need to do is slice and serve!

When it comes to storage, it is important to refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container after you’ve finished slicing the tart. The pastry will become soggy if it’s left out at room temperature for too long.

To reheat, simply preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Remove the tart from the refrigerator and cover with foil before placing it in the oven. Bake for 10–15 minutes, or until heated through, but be sure not to overcook it as it can affect the texture of your delicious tart.

Now that you know how easy it is to store and reheat this fig, honey and mascarpone tart, you can plan ahead and enjoy it again and again!

Tips for Perfect Results

 This Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart is the Way to Anyone's Heart.
This Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart is the Way to Anyone’s Heart.

When it comes to baking, every ingredient and measurement counts. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart.

First and foremost, make sure your mascarpone cheese is at room temperature. This will ensure your filling is smooth, creamy and lump-free. If your cheese is straight out of the refrigerator, it will be too firm for mixing and spreading.

When caramelising your figs to be used as a topping, do not overcrowd the pan. This will cause them to release moisture and steam instead of caramelising. You want them to get a nice brown colour for a sweet and slightly tangy taste.

Another tip is to use freshly squeezed lemon juice when roasting your figs. This not only adds flavour but also helps balance out the sweetness of the honey and sugar.

Always preheat the oven before baking your tart. A hot oven is crucial for achieving the perfect crust with just the right amount of browning.

Lastly, allow your tart to cool before serving or adding any toppings. It needs time to set properly for easy cutting and preserving its shape.

By following these simple tips, you can create a perfect Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart that will impress your family and guests alike.

Bottom Line


If you’re looking for a dessert that will impress your guests or family, look no further than this fig, honey, and mascarpone tart. With its creamy filling and sweet, tangy flavor, it’s sure to become a favorite in your household.

This recipe is easy to follow and can be customized with your favorite crust or toppings. It’s also versatile enough to serve as either an elegant dessert or a casual afternoon snack. Plus, with the option to make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge or freezer, it’s convenient for any occasion.

So give this fig, honey, and mascarpone tart recipe a try – I guarantee you won’t regret it! Don’t forget to experiment with substitutions and variations to make it truly your own. Enjoy!

Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart

Fig, Honey and Mascarpone Tart Recipe

So amazing looking, you'll have no question about the expression "eat with your eyes". From Nigel Slater's "Real Cooking".
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European
Keyword: < 60 Mins, Dessert, Tarts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 613.5kcal


For the pastry

  • 225 g plain flour
  • 125 g fridge cold butter
  • 90 g sugar
  • 2 egg yolks

For the filling

  • 10 -12 figs
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 6 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
  • 150 g creme fraiche
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons caster sugar


  • Put the flour in a large mixing bowl.
  • Cut the butter into small chunks and tip into the flour.
  • Rub the butter between your thumbs and fingertips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, stir in the sugar and drop in the two egg yolks.
  • Using a table knife or your hands, mix in the eggs.
  • Then use your hands again to bring the whole lot together.
  • You may need a few drops of water but add them carefully.
  • You should end up with a soft ball of dough.
  • Cover with a piece of greaseproof, foil or clingfilm and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured board so that it is large enough to fit a deep 25cm diameter metal tart inches
  • Lift the pastry up with the help of a rolling pin and drape over the tart tin.
  • Gently push the pastry into the corners of the tin and up the sides, patching any holes and tears where necessary.
  • No one will ever know.
  • Prick the pastry case all over with a fork, place a piece of greaseproof paper on top of the pastry, and weight it down with something like beans or rice.
  • Rest the pastry in the fridge while the oven gets to 350°F
  • Cut a deep cross in the top of each fig.
  • Bake the tart case for about twenty-five minutes until it is firm and somewhat dry to touch.
  • It should be the colour of a custard cream.
  • Remove the greaseproof paper and beans.
  • Leave the pastry to cool a little, then place the figs in snugly, squeezing each on as you so do to open it up.
  • Stuff little spoonfuls of mascarpone into the open figs.
  • Drizzle with honey.
  • Mix the crème fraîche with the egg yolks and sugar and pour over the fruit.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until the edges of the pastry have browned slightly and the juices have combined with the creamy bits to give a sort of wobbly custard.
  • Leave to cool and set slightly for fifteen minutes before eating.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 217g | Calories: 613.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 82g | Protein: 7.9g | Fat: 29.6g | Saturated Fat: 17.6g | Cholesterol: 211.6mg | Sodium: 136mg | Fiber: 3.7g | Sugar: 42.9g

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