• 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 5-6 fresh figs
  • a few slices of prosciutto, torn into pieces and crisped quickly in a skillet
  • 5 star anise
  • zest of half a lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Chop nuts in a food processor.
  3. Combine nuts and melted better, press into the bottom of a tart pan.
  4. Bake crust for about 10 minutes then let cool.
  5. Stir together mascarpone, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamon, and half of the lemon zest.
  6. Whip the cream, fold it into the mascarpone mixture, and spread into cooled tart crust.
  7. Top with slices of fig, prosciutto pieces, star anise, and remaining lemon zest.

Note: For more sweetness, drizzle a little honey over the top. For more nuttiness, toast some pine nuts and sprinkle those over the top.