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Pistachio Honey Bars

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

We have been running these past few weeks. I mean, r-u-n-n-i-n-g. Life has full of so many fun opportunities lately that we have found ourselves flying across the country, out of town, and by the seat of our pants more often than not. It feels like we pack and drive and drink and laugh before throwing a handful of dirty undies into the laundry and start all over again a few days later. I’m not complaining, but to be frank, we need to catch our breath. We need a few minutes to Netflix and chill, maybe even nibble on treats like these pistachio honey bars. 

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

When Brett and I got married, I vowed to seek out adventure. I saw myself as this carefree little pigeon that he had somehow managed to catch, and I was determined to not let him pin my wings down. This little bird would not be tamed; I was going to fly.

Fast forward several months later. That ultra-cool, ahead-of-her-time pigeon (yes, this analogy is really getting out of hand) gets knocked up, and all of a sudden, someone’s gotta be mama bird. Someone has to plant their stretch-marked hind parts on some eggs and tend to the nest.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Parenthood has a way of dismantling everything you thought you knew about yourself. It’s a wind tunnel of exhaustion and work that forces even the strongest set of wings to the ground. Traveling, free time, and life outside of the nest seems all but impossible in the debris of nap schedules and diapers that swirls around you. For the past three years, we have hoofed it, working hard to escape regularly for days alone. That time away, while exhilarating and broadening, has been taxing, and we now find ourselves picking through the evenings and minutes remaining in between trips, wishing we had more. More time with our children. More time in our own bed. More time at home. 

So that begs the questions: how do you fit a love of traveling into a life that’s running over with the needs of your children? Is there a healthy balance between quality time with your people and seeking out adventures? How do we say “Yes!” to the opportunities we meet in life without saying “No!” to the more important things that beg for our time and affections?

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

In a few weeks, Brett and I will travel to Charleston, South Carolina for the Saveur Blog Awards. For the first time, we have traded in our fancy hotel reservation for a larger Airbnb that can fit our crew. It may end in sleeplessness and disaster, but we are determined to make this beautiful, crazy busy, here and there life of ours work. We need a balance.

I’m soon going to share some photos from our recent trip to Portland, but for now, let’s settle in at home. Let’s grab a book and some yoga pants and cozy up with this week’s easy, comfy, weeknight dessert: pistachio honey bars.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These bars started off as a spin on baklava. I adore the sweet and flaky Middle Eastern dessert and wanted to make it more accessible for the home baker. These pistachio honey bars certainly aren’t baklava, but the flavors are there. Pistachios and walnuts, stirred with a gooey brown sugar and honey sauce, are baked together on a zesty crust of lemon shortbread. The bars are spiced with cinnamon and cardamom and drizzled with white chocolate for an extra measure of sweet. Lucky for you, the ingredients are few and quick to assemble, so you’ll spend less time baking and more time sharing these decadent treats. Let’s talk about how to make them.

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

The recipe for these pistachio honey bars was adapted from my favorite derby pie bar recipe. The shortbread crust is simple, just some sugar, butter, flour, and cornstarch scented with a sprinkle of lemon zest. It all gets worked together and pressed into the bottom of a foil-lined pan. Bake the crust in the oven until firm while you prepare the filling.

Simply chop the nuts and add to a pan of melted butter, honey, and sugar. Cook the mixture until bubbly and slightly thickened. Add to it some spices and a bit of cream and spoon the mixture on top of the baked shortbread crust. The whole thing gets baked for an additional few minutes before it is allowed to cool.

Once the pistachio honey bars have set up completely, remove them from the pan and drizzle with the melted white chocolate. This step is completely optional even though you and I both know that it’s actually not. Load up on that white chocolate and garnish with additional chopped pistachios, if desired. Cut into small bars (these guys are RICH!) and share with your lovies as quickly as possible. They will absolutely adore you. You are the dessert king/queen, okay?

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

These pistachio honey bars are a sweet and simple way to celebrate being at home. They’re simple, yet deliciously decadent- the perfect way to ring in this new week. Give them a try and let me know what you think! I’d also love to hear how you and your family travel. DOES IT GET EASIER!?!?! (Please say yes.) And if you’re interested in traveling with children and reading about how one family made a worldwide journey their story for a whole year, check out the book “At Home in the World” by Tsh Oxenreider. I’ve just finished it, thus the sudden impulse to bring my children everywhere. Love y’all and happy Monday!

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

If you love these pistachio honey bars, you should try:

Brown Butter Blondies, Two Ways

Pecan Toffee Bars

Blueberry Lemon Bars

Derby Pie Bars 

Honey Mascarpone Tart

Honey Nut Ice Cream

Honey Nuts Biscuits 

 

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Pistachio Honey Bars

Pistachio Honey Bars Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are a simple, press in lemon shortbread crust topped with a gooey nutty filling. Walnuts, pistachios, honey and brown sugar make up these bars which are also spiced with cinnamon and cardamom - just like baklava! The recipe is simple, make ahead, and a sweet Southern take on the middle eastern / Greek classic. Drizzle with a white chocolate topping, for a fancy take on these easy cookies. Find out how to bake them and more on the recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

With a lemon shortbread crust and a sweet and spiced honey nut filling, these pistachio honey bars are like baklava in cookie form!

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • ¾ cup (90 gm) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (35 gm) corn starch
  • ½ cup (55 gm) confectioner’s sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest, finely grated
  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter, cold and cut into teaspoon sized pieces

For the filling:

  • ½ cup (113 gm) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup (100 gm) packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (85 gm) honey
  • 1 cup (120 gm) finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup (100 gm) finely chopped pistachios
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9” square baking pan with aluminum foil with enough overhang on each side to easily remove the bars from the pan once baked. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized bowl, stir together the flour, corn starch, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Using a pastry cutter or the backs of two forks, cut the diced butter into the dry ingredients until it becomes a coarse meal consistency with pea-sized clumps. Bake in the preheat oven for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is set and then edges have just started to turn golden. Do not overbake. Set aside the cooked crust while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine the butter, brown sugar, and honey in a small saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until the butter and sugar have dissolved. Once melted and no graininess from the sugar exists any longer, increase the heat to medium and bring to a boil, boiling for 3 minutes. After three minutes have passed, remove the pan from the heat. Add the chopped walnuts, pistachios, heavy cream, and spices to a medium sized bowl and stir in the butter mixture until evenly combined.
  2. Spread the warm filling over the crust and smooth out. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until the edges and parts of the center are bubbling and the bars have turned caramel in color. Allow the bars to cool completely prior to removing from the pan (you can speed this process up in the fridge). Remove from pan by pulling out the foil liner. Gently melt the white chocolate chips on a double boiler sitting over LOW heat. Be careful to not melt at too high of heat or your white chocolate may seize. Drizzle over the top of the bars. Cut into 16 bars and serve at room temp.

Honey Mascarpone Tart with Figs and Salty Graham Cracker Crust

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

I know. You’re just dying to read all about this sassy little honey mascarpone tart that requires less than 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to prep. But first, I thought I’d spend a minute talking about making a home in a new city.

When I moved to Selma, it was a culture shock. I’d moved around a good bit throughout my life, planting roots in upstate New York, rural Kentucky, and even central Florida, but not even my decade in Birmingham could prepare me for the small town life that awaited me in lower Alabama. The town of less than 20,000 operated at a slower, more relaxed pace of life. No Starbucks, no Whole Foods, no movie theatre. Most of the people I met had lived there pretty much their whole life, and in a sea of new faces, I sweat under the heat of being the new kid.

I felt kinda like a square peg in a town filled with round holes. People were warm and inviting, but the level of kindness and hospitality around me was intimidating. I didn’t feel polite enough or talkative enough or Southern enough to fit in. I talked different and dressed different, listened to different music. I wasn’t outdoorsy, I didn’t fry chicken, and I couldn’t give two craps about who won the Iron Bowl. I felt like an outsider.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Normal, social people, maybe ones with fewer insecurities and fears than I had, would have embraced the change. They probably would have welcomed the kindness and warmth that this small community shared so generously. They would have jumped at the chance to be known, to belong.

But to be frank, it scared the mess out of me. I didn’t like the constant show of new faces and I missed the quick runs to Target and my favorite Thai restaurant. I cried in the shower and avoided going to the supermarket because I knew I would be met with unfamiliar faces and awkward conversation. I felt like I had amnesia, like I was lost in a foreign land and I didn’t know who or where I was.

Instead of dealing with it, I pushed back. I cut my hair and put on my best yankee accent. I turned my nose up to the beautiful tastes and sounds that were all around me, retreating to things that were more familiar- throwback playlists on my iPod,  old Converse sneakers, and recipes that reminded me of home. I desperately wanted my own identity, one that wasn’t just “Brett’s wife,” or “the new girl from Orlando.”

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

One day at work, I had a patient ask me how my transition to Selma was going. Obnoxiously, I cleared my throat and with an eye roll or two, I told him that my new life was harder than I thought it would be. The change was more than I expected. I’m honestly not sure what else was said in the conversation, or if I even responded with the grace that man deserved, but what plays clear as black and white in the reel of my memories is the look on his face and the gentle words that came next: “My Mama always told me, ‘Blossom where you’re planted.’ I sure hope you take the chance to bloom here, ma’am.”

Those words affected me. They exposed a stubborn seed of pride in my heart that was unwilling to bend for my new home in any way. I was so busy with my self-deprecation and mourning the loss of outlet malls that I forget to look for the silver lining. I failed to seek out the gold in Selma, the gold in its people.Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

A lot has transpired in the four year since that day. I won’t say much about it now, but what I will share is that Selma has become a home. There are roots now, woven snug to some of the most intimate parts of who I am. Roots that connect me to memories of my children, new smells and flavors, and faces of people who have become “forever friends.” There’s buds here, signs of new life and growth, and I’m certain now more than ever that Selma is the soil I want to blossom in.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.comEvery summer since moving to Selma, I’ve found myself with a basket of figs. My father-in-law has a gigantic fig tree at his home, so when the tree’s fruit ripens, I strap on some boots and sweat, sweat, sweat for the love of sweet summer fruit. Preserves come first, and we enjoy that bounty all year round on toast and biscuits, even inside some sweet little pop-tarts that I plan to share with you all next month. This year, I made a few extra trips to pick figs and this honey mascarpone tart is the result.

A simple, 8 ingredient tart, requiring less than 30 minutes of prep work and zero use of the oven, this honey mascarpone tart is a beautiful vehicle for late summer’s freshest fruits. I’ve chosen to pair mine with figs, but I think any cherry, peach, or berry would find themselves more than at home on this little beauty.

To make this honey mascarpone tart, we start by preparing the crust. Salty, soft, and unabashedly buttery, the graham cracker crust here is anything but subtle. It is the perfect match for the creamy, lightly sweetened cream and fresh figs. A simple stir of graham cracker crumbs, butter, salt, and brown sugar and you’re halfway there to creating the best no-bake honey graham crust a gal could ask for. Press the crumbs into the removable bottom of a tart pan and let the whole thing chill up in the fridge.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Next, make the filling. Mascarpone cheese, honey, and brown sugar are the main stars here. After combining all three, fold in some whipped cream and spread it into the chilled crust. At that point, the honey mascarpone tart could really be finished. I could easily polish off the entire thing over the course of a few nights without even blinking an eye. Instead, let’s decorate it with some fresh summer fruit, a handful of pistachios, and a drizzle of honey because YOLO, okay?

This honey mascarpone tart feels special. It feels like a dessert worth celebrating over, and yet, it’s just a few simple ingredients that shine their brightest when paired together. Light and fresh, a chilled slice of this honey mascarpone tart is just the ticket on these warm summer nights we’re having. It’s easy enough for a weeknight at home, decadent enough to raise a toast to.

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

Give this honey mascarpone tart a try and let me know what you think! Happy Thursday!

If you like this honey mascarpone tart, be sure to check out:

Strawberry Pretzel Tart

Strawberry Pretzel Tart Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. A simple, fast recipe that takes less than 30 minutes. A quick brown sugar butter and pretzel pie crust filled with a no bake cream cheese cheesecake type filling and topped with fresh strawberries or berries of your choice. Recipe adapted from Bake from Scratch Magazine. Perfect make ahead dessert idea. Thewoodandspoon.com

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts

Pumpkin Cheesecake Tarts Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. These are simple, individual mini tarts made in removable bottom tart pans. An easy cheesecake and canned pumpkin puree filling swirled together with sugar and fall spices like cinnamon. The press in crust is easy to make and the whole thing is topped with sweet and salty walnuts or pecans or other nuts. Find this great dinner party dessert on thewoodandspoon.com

 

Bruleed Key Lime Pies 

Bruleed Key Lime Pies Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. Simple key lime pie tarts made in mini tart pans with removable bottoms. Graham cracker and butter crust with a sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice and zest and sugar filling. These bake up really fast! You can substitute regular lime juice. Sprinkle the top with sugar for a crunchy brûlée topping. Serve with whipped cream. Make these ahead of time and torch when ready to eat! Recipe on thewoodandspoon.com

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust

Blueberry Galette with a Cornmeal Crust Dessert Recipe by The Wood and Spoon Blog By Kate Wood. This is a simple, fast and easy recipe. Ripe, summer produce like blueberries and lemon are thick and juicy in this pie filling. The crust has cornmeal, flour, butter, and shortening, so it is flaky, golden and perfect every time pie crust. Serve on your summer holidays for a casual and rustic dessert. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. You can substitute other fruit too like strawberries, peaches, or stone fruit in this galette. Find the recipe and more summer recipe inspiration at thewoodandspoon.com .

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Honey Mascarpone Tart

Honey Mascarpone Tart By The Wood and Spoon Blog by Kate Wood. This is a simple, summer dessert. A no-bake cheesecake tart of sorts with a salty press in graham cracker and a creamy cheese filling. The tart is naturally sweetened with honey and is topped with toasted pistachios and fresh figs. This dessert can be made ahead and is quick- it takes less than 30 minutes of prep time. Make this little tartlet in place of summer pies. Find the whole recipe and photos on thewoodandspoon.com

This honey mascarpone tart is a quick and simple mascarpone cream dessert with a salty graham cracker crust. The tart is finished with fresh figs and toasted pistachios.

  • Author: Kate Wood
  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 240
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
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Ingredients

For the crust:

  • 1/3 cup (70 gm) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups (200 gm) graham cracker crumbs
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (100 gm) unsalted butter, melted

For the filling:

  • 8 ounces (230 gm) mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup plus 1/3 cup (320 mL) heavy whipping cream
  • 12 cups of fresh figs, halved (peaches, berries, or cherries can be substituted)
  • ¼ cup (40 gm) chopped pistachios, toasted (optional)
  • Additional honey for drizzling (optional)

Instructions

To prepare the crust:

  1. Whisk together the brown sugar, graham cracker crumbs, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined. Press the crumbs into the bottom and sides of a 9-10” tart pan with a removable bottom. Place in the fridge to chill while you prepare the filling.

To prepare the filling:

  1. In a large bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese on medium speed until creamed and no lumps remain, about 1 minute. Be sure the cheese has come to room temperature or you will have a clumpy filling. Add the brown sugar and beat to combine, about 30 seconds. Add in the honey slowly with the mixer on low. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat for an additional 30 seconds to ensure everything is well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat 1 cup of the heavy cream on medium low speed until it gets frothy. Increase the speed and beat until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat.
  3. Fold about half of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture. Add the remaining half and fold to combine. If you notice your filling is a bit clumpy, add in the additional 1/3 cup of cream and beat briefly to smooth out.
  4. Spread the filling into the prepared tart crust and allow to chill in the fridge for several hours to firm up. Once ready to serve, garnish the tart or each slice with figs, pistachios, and an extra drizzle of honey, if desired. Store in the fridge up to 3 days.

Notes

  • In a pinch, you can use cream cheese in place of mascarpone, but I highly encourage the mascarpone! It works perfectly with the honey.
  • If your mascarpone curdles a bit when you add the honey, try refrigerating it and then re-mixing. I have found this helps to minimize the curdles. Most of the lumps disappear with the addition of the whipped cream anyways.