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Fig Tart with Cornmeal Crust
Yields: 8 to 10 servings

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground
1/2 teaspoon salt
Nonstick cooking spray, or unsalted butter
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup crhme franche
1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1 pint black or purple figs, stemmed and quartered
1/4 cup fig or red-currant jam
2 tablespoons red wine

Cream together the butter and granulated sugar in bowl of an electric
mixer, about 2 minutes. Add yolks, and mix just to combine. Whisk
together the dry ingredients, and add to the yolk mixture; mix just
until it comes together loosely. Transfer the dough to plastic
wrap, press together, and transfer to the refrigerator to chill
for at least 30 minutes, until firm.

Prepare a 4 1/2-by-14-inch rectangular fluted tart tin with cooking
spray or butter. Roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic
wrap to about 1/8-inch thickness. Discard the top plastic wrap,
and gently invert dough over the prepared tart tin. Discard the
remaining piece of plastic wrap.

Press the dough into tin, and trim so the dough is flush to edges.
Repair tears or cracks on the dough by pressing together dough with
your fingers.

Place in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 350!. Prick the crust several times with a fork, and
bake on the middle rack of oven until the crust begins to color,
15 to 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
When cool, remove from the pan. Place on a serving platter or board.

Place the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer, and beat
until smooth. Add the crhme franche and confectioners' sugar, and
beat until mixture is smooth and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Transfer
to the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes. Spread the filling
into the cooled crust, and arrange the figs on top, pressing them
in slightly.

To make the glaze, combine the jam and wine in a small saucepan.
Set over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
Reduce heat, and simmer until mixture is thick and syrupy, about
2 minutes. Cool slightly, and brush warm glaze over figs with a
pastry brush. Chill the tart in the refrigerator if not serving
right away. Serve within several hours.

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