Beautiful mounds of purple and green jewels, piled up high in their punnet chests, was the scene that greeted me when I entered my local Whole Foods the other day. It literally took my breath away when I saw all those gorgeous figs cascading down the display.
I had, however, already bought my figs, made and devoured this tart but the figs have been gorgeous and plentiful this year. Most years I am lucky to get a glimpse let alone actually buy some. This year I’ve bought nice, big packages thanks to Costco.
Usually in our house, the figs are gobbled up fresh without any fuss. This time when I saw the purple hued gems at Costco, I knew I wanted to do something more with them.
A tart seemed the perfect vessel for these juicy morsels, but not just a plain tart, a cheesecake tart with a ginger snap crust (if you don’t like ginger snaps you can use graham crackers or shortbread for a milder cheesecake base)
To make life simpler for myself and also, to not overpower the figs with too much cheesecake-y goodness, I chose to do a simple no bake cheesecake as a base and have caramelised figs as the star topping.
The Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs turned out really nice and light, with a subtle cheesecake flavour, intense caramelised figs and a buttery, sweet toffee sauce. You don’t need the toffee sauce, but the cheesecake is not very sweet so this adds some sweetness and an extra level of caramel flavour (and besides, who doesn’t love toffee sauce?)
It’s an easy dessert to make but needs time chilling for the no bake cheesecake to set. Of course, it doesn’t do well sitting out in a warm room so keep it chilled.
Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s almost back to routine here with sleeping schedules returning to normal, class schedules, books and back packs have come out of hibernation, and lunch requests are pouring in. I am looking forward to a peaceful house this week What are y’all up to?