Fig Jam, Pear & Gorgonzola Tarts

Flaky, buttery puff pastry crust is topped with sweet fig jam, sliced pears and crumbled Gorgonzola cheese. These tarts are simple, delicious and beautiful!

Parchment lined baking sheet with fig jam tarts being brushed with egg wash before the oven

Do I have to use puff pastry?

Not necessarily. You could use pie crust or even crescent rolls. However, puff pastry has the perfect buttery flakiness needed for this dish, so it’s best to stick to the recipe here and use traditional puff pastry sheets. Thaw them in the fridge overnight so they are easy to unroll and cut.

Parchment lined baking sheet filled with fig jam tarts fresh out of the oven

Where can I find puff pastry?

You’ll typically find puff pastry in the freezer section of your grocery store near the dessert items. Pepperidge Farm is my favorite reasonably priced brand that can be found at most grocery stores.

Table settings for two with plates of fig jam tarts and glasses of white wine

Do I have to use Gorgonzola?

You could use blue cheese instead as it has a rich, tangy flavor similar to Gorgonzola. But Gorgonzola is pretty popular so you shouldn’t have to spend too much time hunting it down!

Do I have to use fig jam?

Again, not necessarily. But to achieve the same flavor profile, it is ideal to use fig jam. Any sweet fruit preserve will work, however the flavors of fig work very well with Gorgonzola and lucky for you, most grocery stores carry fig jam or fig preserves!

A freshly baked fig jam tart on a white plate with a bite taken out of it

Can I make these puff pastry tarts ahead of time?

If you’re into making things ahead of time, you could easily assemble the tarts, freeze them on a parchment lined baking sheet and then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to a month. The day before baking, allow the tarts to thaw in the fridge overnight on a parchment lined baking sheet, then bake according to the recipe directions below.

Alternately, you could assemble these tarts and then refrigerate them for up to 24 hours before baking. Puff pastry is pretty forgiving, but it needs to be kept cold in order to rise properly when baked. So you definitely don’t want to let these babies sit out on your counter or get anywhere near room temp before you bake them.

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Fig Jam, Pear & Gorgonzola Tarts


  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 tarts
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These fig jam, pear and gorgonzola tarts are SO easy to make and oh so delicious. Perfect for your next party or backyard barbecue!


Ingredients

  • 1 sheet puff pastry (thawed)
  • heaping 1/2 cup fig jam
  • 1 slightly under ripe pear (thinly sliced)
  • 4 oz. crumbled Gorgonzola
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • optional: a drizzle of honey on each tart

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unfold puff pastry and cut along the seams, creating three long rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 3 equal size rectangles.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange tarts about an inch apart. Score a crust about a half inch from the edge of each tart. Spread a tablespoon of fig jam across the center of each tart, keeping it within the scored lines. Place 4-5 slices of pear in the center of the tart, overlapping them. Divide Gorgonzola between the tarts, sprinkling it on top of the pear slices. Use pastry brush to paint the beaten egg across the crust of each tart.
  3. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until edges are a dark golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then drizzle with honey and serve!

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