Forget the Resolutions Have a Sweet and Spicy Fig Tart

January 3, 2019


     I know everyone comes up with the idea of dieting post holidays, but  I have always believed a little indulgence is necessary to recover fro the stresses of the holidays. 

    This particular bite-sized treat started as an experiment for a Christmas party.  I wanted  to create something sweet, creamy and a little unusual.  My niece, Rachel Hooper,  who happens to develop flavor profiles for an internationally known company, suggested that I add a touch of cayenne to the dish since fig works so well with a hint of heat. 

     Rachel was correct.  Adding this little bit of cayenne made the sweet sweeter and gave a hint of heat at the finish. 



1 package of premade phyllo cups (these are easily found at most grocery stores and nobody make their own phyllo dough )

4 ounces of cream cheese

2 dried, figs

2 tablespoons of fig preserves

1 tablespoon of honey 

1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper



Stem the dried figs. In a food processor, mix the cream cheese and fig preserves.  Add  the honey, stemmed figs and cayenne pepper.  Puree until thoroughly blended.  Chill the mixture for 1 to 2 hours.

Pipe the mixture into the phyllo cups and serve. This yields about 15 tarts.