The End of An Era Tart
I gave a slice of this tart each to two close friends recently and it happened to be a very big time in both their lives; one had just been promoted to a senior news job that's a long plane ride from Brisbane - the other had made the decision to leave the news industry after probably almost a decade in it. Milestone moments.
These changes also meant our fortnightly, or so, breakfast catch ups (featuring much wicked conversation) were about to draw to a close because our convenient meeting place, a café close to the local TV stations where they worked, would no longer be convenient to anyone except the gal who served us coffee there.
So anyway, the recipe for the tart I gave them is based on one I discovered on chef Matt Golinski's website and even though you're making the pastry from scratch it's pretty easy. I like the alcohol addition (he uses Cointreau).
Isn't it interesting how meals and ingredients, similar to certain smells, become so tied up with memories? I like that - but it will also mean this tart will forever be tinged with a little melancholy for me. Don't let that put you off making it though, it's pretty easy to whip up and bloody delicious to eat... make it for your own "Milestone Moment".
The End of an Era or Milestone Moment Tart
250gm plain flour
125gm unsalted butter
50ml cold water
120gm unsalted butter
150gm caster sugar
200gm almond meal
2 tbs Sailor Jerry (or any alcohol you like)
4 -5 fresh figs, sliced top to bottom
75gm raspberry jam (or whatever you have on hand)
2 tbs boiling water