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Spiced Fig and Plum Tarte Tatin

16 Sep

Spiced Fig and Plum Tarte Tatin

It’s autumn again and this gives us more wonderful fruit, apples, pears, plums and delicious ripe plump figs. So what to with all that extra fruit? Well I’ve a really tasty desert for every one with a sweet tooth ” my spiced fig tarte Tatin ”

Now what is a ” Tarte Tatin ” ?
Tarte Tatin is a famous French upside-down apple tart (actually a sweet upside-down cake , apples are the traditional filling but other fruits can be used) made by covering the bottom of a shallow baking dish with butter and sugar, then apples and finally a pastry crust. While baking, the sugar and butter create a delicious caramel that becomes the topping when the tart is inverted onto a serving plate.

There is one rule for eating Tarte Tatin, which is scrupulously observed. It must be served warm, so the cream melts on contact. To the French, a room temperature Tarte Tatin isn’t worth the pan it was baked in.

My Tarte Tatin is made with figs, plums, nuts and spices which is a delicious twist on the original!
Here are a few fun facts and trivia about figs .

Although dried figs are available throughout the year, there is nothing like the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. They are lusciously sweet with a texture that combines the chewiness of their flesh, the smoothness of their skin, and the crunchiness of their seeds. Figsare available from June through September

Fig trees have no blossoms on their branches. The blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture.

Figs are harvested according to nature’s clock, fully ripened and partially dried on the tree.

Many believe it was figs that were actually the fruit in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve, not apples.

The early Olympic athletes used figs as a training food. Figs were also presented as laurels to the winners, becoming the first Olympic “medal.

In Roman times figs were considered to be restorative. They were believed to increase the strength of young people, to maintain the elderly in better health and to make them look younger with fewer wrinkles

The fig tree is a symbol of abundance, fertility and sweetness.

Eating one half cup of figs has as much calcium as drinking one-half cup of milk.


500g block puff pastry
plain flour, for dusting
200g golden caster sugar
100 g unsalted mixed chopped nuts
2 tsp ground allspice
80g butter
4 star anise
10 figs, halved
3 plums pitted and halved


1, Roll out the puff pastry on a floured surface to about a 3mm thickness.

2, Place the pan that you’ll use – about 24cm – on top and cut round it with a sharp knife to make a pastry circle, Sprinkle the circle with a little of the sugar and put it into the fridge.

3, Heat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put the remaining sugar and butter in a pan. Bring to the boil slowly, but do not stir it. When it begins to go a dark amber colour, add the star anise, allspice and cook for 1 minute more, then take from the heat



4, Put the figs and plums in with the stem pointing towards the centre to make a wheel pattern sprinkle over half of the nuts and cook over a low heat for 5 mins


5, Put the pastry lid on the top and tuck the pastry in as though you were tucking in some sheets. Put on a baking sheet and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden, puffed and cooked through.


6′ Take out of the oven and leave the tart to stand for 10 mins, then invert it carefully onto a serving dish, sprinkle over the remaining nuts and serve with crème fraîche or ice cream😋.


If you’re still nervous about trying this dish I can cook it for you !🍴🔪
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Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

29 Jul

Strawberry & Rosewater Sorbet

23 Strawberry Fun Facts

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.

To symbolize perfection and righteousness, medieval stone masons carved strawberry designs on altars and around the tops of pillars in churches and cathedrals.

In parts of Bavaria, country folk still practice the annual rite each spring of tying small baskets of wild strawberries to the horns of their cattle as an offering to elves. They believe that the elves, are passionately fond of strawberries, will help to produce healthy calves and an abundance of milk in return.

Madame Tallien, a prominent figure at the court of the Emperor Napoleon, was famous for bathing in the juice of fresh strawberries. She used 22 pounds per basin. Needless to say, she did not bathe daily.

Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the

Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

Strawberries, as part of a 5 a day fruit & vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer & heart attacks.

In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.

Folk lore states that if you split a double strawberry in half and share it with the opposite sex, you’ll soon fall in love.

In France, Strawberries were thought to be an aphrodisiac. A soup made of strawberries, thinned sour cream, borage, & powered sugar was served to newlyweds.

Eating strawberries, which are rich in nitrate, can increase the flow of blood & oxygen to the muscles by 7%. This prevents muscle fatigue, making exercise easier.

In a test, subjects who ate nitrate rich foods like strawberries, before exercising burned 100 more calories than those who did not.

Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Championships, together with 7,000 litres of cream.

A 100g serving of strawberries will serve you for just 50 calories – that’s a whooping 0g of fat

strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

Strawberries are full of a special substance called ellagic acid which can help fight cancers.

They are also full of flavonoids, which form part of the strawberry’s red colour. They are known to help reduce cholesterol from clogging up the heart’s arteries.

Eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange, that’s 140% of our daily recommended amount.

The word strawberry comes from the Old English words “streowberie” or “streawbelige”. There are a few theories about how they got their name. The “straw” bit could come from the straw that was used to keep the strawberries fresh, or it could come from “strewed”, which means to spread wide.

Strawberries can also be white or yellow and some can even taste like pineapples.
The strawberry plant, the raspberry plant, are members of the rose family.
The Romans loved their wild strawberries – and not only for their taste. They believed strawberries could cure a number of illnesses.

If you’re watching your waistline, why not sprinkle a little black pepper over your strawberries instead of the usual calorific cream? It doesn’t sound that appetising, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised…

For 750/900 ml

300g caster sugar
900g ripe strawberries, hulled


juice 1 lemon
2 tbsp rosewater
handful pink rose petals, to serve (optional)


1. In a medium pan, combine the sugar with 300ml water. Let the sugar dissolve, then bring to the boil for 1 min.


2. Put the strawberries in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth. Trickle in the sugar syrup, blend again, then add the lemon juice and rose water.





3. Pour the strawberry mixture into a large freezer-proof container (an old ice cream tub is perfect), then freeze until almost solid, mashing in the ice crystals every 1-2 hrs until the sorbet is thick and smooth.
4. Wrap well and freeze until solid.


5. Allow to soften for 15 mins before scooping. Best eaten within a month.

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