May 12, 2011

Brown rice and fig tartlets


Over the past couple of weeks the weather has really turned quite cool here in Sydney. Coming from a Finn (although a very acclimatised one), this might sound like we're talking sub-zero temperatures, but fortunately winter in Sydney is a mild one. The cooling weather does mean, however, that we start craving for heartier, comforting foods that warms us up inside.

These brown rice and fig tartlets certainly have potential to be one of those meals that you dish up when you are in need for that comfort on your plate. There are two ways you can go about this - either make them into flat tartlets like these ones or make them in individual ramekins (in which case you could double the portion) and end up with a softer, rice pudding-like texture. Either version would work out well and the delicious combination of brown rice, figs, brown rice milk and spices is everything I was asking for.


Brown rice and fig tartlets
(serves 2)
(Recipe adapted from taste.com.au)

120g brown rice, cooked
2 fresh figs, sliced 
1/2 cup brown rice milk
1 large, free-range egg
1 teaspoon potato starch
1 tablespoon manuka honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1. Preheat the oven to 180C and grease two individual tart tins (11 cm base, 2 cm deep).

2. In a small bowl, lightly whisk the brown rice milk and the egg. Whisk in the potato starch, honey and the spices.

3. Spread the cooked brown rice evenly in to the tins. Top the rice with the fig slices and pour the milk mixture on top.

4. Bake the tarts for 15-20 minutes. You could serve this with a scoop of good vanilla bean ice cream.

37 comments:

  1. Oooh! These look fabulous! The perfect ending to a dinner party perhaps?

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  2. They are so pretty and sound like the perfect comfort food!

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  3. Wow, these sound good and they look beautiful! An interesting combination of flavors too.

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  4. These look wonderful - like a flat, crispy-edged rice pudding with figs baked right in. yum :)

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  5. I need these in my life right now!

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  6. Very original! I really like that crust. A great idea. Those pretty tartlets must be very healthy and delicious.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Yum, what an inventive way to use brown rice- I would have never thought to do this. Great recipe Maria- keep warm friend!

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  8. Looks fantastic and love the addition of brown rice to this recipe.

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  9. I cannot look at your photos, especially now when you are showing me such lovely tartlets with my beloved figs and figs are still not in season here in Poland (ie. they are not imported at that time of the year). I am then forced to wait till they arrive on the market around September, arghhhhh....

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  10. What a wonderful idea. The brown rice tart crust is so innovative. I always love how you continue to surprise all of us with unique ingredients and preparations!

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  11. Great idea! That looks absolutelys delicious :)
    And i love those forks too by the way :)

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  12. They are so lovely. And very easy to make.

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  13. This looks so delightful! what a healthy treat...

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  14. A brown rice tart?? So creative and I would love this. Very healthy too - the perfect treat.

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  15. So beautiful and I imagine totally delicious! Just lovely.

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  16. This is a perfect tart. Looks so pretty

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  17. Love the addition of brown rice in these tarts!

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  18. Wow, these look amazing! I've been really enjoying rediscovering brown rice myself but I'm keen to now try it in a sweet dish, like your wonderful tartlets, yum!

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  19. Awesome! I like that you used brown rice to make them little tartlets. I seldom deal with flour, so this is more do-able for me.

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  20. This is so creative and gorgeous! I love the combination of brown rice and figs. I've never tried brown rice in a sweet dish.

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  21. They look delectable! I have not really cooked with figs – guess I found the perfect recipe to start with :)
    US Masala

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  22. These are divine Maria! Can I have that wooden paddle?

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  23. Very interesting use of brown rice! Looks great!

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  24. Hmmmmm....another interesting fig recipe,looks delectable!

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  25. What an interesting crust! I love how easy this is to assemble too.

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  26. Wow..brown rice, figs and Tartlets..you are creative and genius, Scandi. Love those cute bakes.

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  27. These are so beautiful! I just love learning new ways to use brown rice :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  28. A tart base made with cooked brown rice!!! Wow, that is just amazing! Can't wait to try this. Thanks so much.

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  29. wow..yummy..yummy..
    new to your space..great blog with interesting posts..
    happy to follow u..:)
    do stop by mine sometime.
    Tasty Appetite

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  30. That's one of the things I love most about cooler weather, the heartier and comforting foods like this recipe. Sounds amazing, love the brown rice and fig combo. I always enjoy your recipes, you make cooking very interesting Maria!

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  31. Hi all,

    As many of you know Blogger was having some major issues during the past 24 hours. This is the post I originally posted on May 12 and many of you have already seen and commented on it, but because of those problems I've had to re-post this. However, I haven't been able to restore the comments.

    Thank you all!

    Maria
    x

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  32. I missed it the first time, but glad I read it now! I always assume posts with "tarts" will be flour-/butter/grain heavy, but your versions are light and healthy. Can't wait to try this out. :)

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  33. My goodness but those tartlets look so delicious!

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  34. These look delicious! Love the idea of using brown rice instead of flour. Thanks for sharing!
    Ps. It's true - the colder weather immediately draws you to warmer foods - comfort time!

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  35. You have such great recipes! This one is great, and I am looking forward to trying it, although it will be a few months until we have figs. I have some cooked brown rice in the fridge though, so I will have to try this out with another fruit.

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  36. Great recipe! I've been seeing figs in the store over the past month and wanted to purchase them, but not sure how to use up a whole bag other than eating them with Greek Yogurt and cinnamon.

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