Fig chess tarts

Yield: 24 tarts

Measure Ingredient
2½ cup Flour
1 cup Butter; cold cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup Sugar
½ cup Butter
2 cups Brown sugar
4 \N Egg yolks
1 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Flour
3 tablespoons Water
2 \N Egg yolks
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
½ teaspoon Nutmeg
1 cup California dried figs (finely chopped)
½ cup Finely chopped walnuts



For tart shells, combine flour, butter and sugar in food processor with blade. Process until crumbly (of, if by hand, cut in butter until crumbly). Add remaining ingredients; process until dough forms a ball. Roll out between sheets of plastic wrap; cut into pieces to fit tart pans (or muffin cups). Fit into pan, flute edges if desired; prick with fork. Bake in 400 F. oven until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

For filling, in processor or mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, then milk, beating well. Stir together flour, cinnamon and nutmeg -- add to bowl and blend. Stir in figs and walnuts (if processor is used, figs and nuts may be added whole and processed until finely chopped). Spoon into tart shells. Bake in a 325 F. oven for about 30 minutes, depending on size of tart pans, until filling is bubbly.

Makes about 2 dozen tarts of muffin-cup size.

Source: Wonderful Ways with California Dried Figs Reprinted with the permission of The California Fig Advisory Board Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias

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