The Cool and crisp Autumn air is here and the joy of baking begins. Apples, figs and pears quickly overtakes the aisles of berries and peaches while hearty stewed dishes comes to mind and feed the palates. Saying goodbye to another summer can be hard but before we hit the bone chilling beginning of winter, autumn always promises a burst of warm colors from mums, pumpkins and foliage and also the fun of looking forward to the many celebrations and holidays that fills up each coming months.
As we settle into our new home, I find it slow to re-start my baking again as my priorities and daily commitments grow with my kids new school year and I barely have much time to experiment with new recipes when the unpacking is not complete yet.
With very little time, I made some simple tartlets with the apples and figs that I have around. There is really nothing much to this recipe, only a freshly made shortcrust pastry shell and sliced apples and quartered figs. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and baked for 40 to 45 mins. These tartlets are best served with ice cream as an after dinner treat and eaten while warm. The best apple to use will be Gala which curves nicely after baking and the figs turns soft while still retaining its shape adds sweetness. The concept is similar to eating cheese on crackers, no jam, no syrup and no other soft filling. What tingles the senses is the warm smell of the cinnamon and natural sweetness of the season's best fruits. That is good and simple enough for now.