Fresh figs are at their beautiful best at the moment in Sydney. If you can stomach eating figs after watching that particular Sex in the City episode, this post should provide some inspiration.
I have used Brioche in this recipe, which is a type of French bread that has a rich, slightly sweet taste and yellow colour thanks to the egg and butter used to make it. You could of course use your favourite bread, or skip the bread altogether.
Juniper berries are a key ingredient in gin or generally used with rich or fatty foods. Allspice is different to mixed spice, but according to Ian Hemphill of Herbie’s Spices, allspice has a flavour reminiscent of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg hence the confusion with mixed spice.
Baked Figs with Goat Cheese and Honey Vinaigrette
* This recipe was inspired by a Baked Figs with Ribblesdale Goats Cheese and Pink Peppercorns recipe by Rachel Tooher-Rudd that appeared on the British TV show Come Dine With Me. I have modified and adapted it over the years to come up with the below reincarnation.
- 8 fresh figs
- 4 thick slices of brioche
- 115g goat cheese
- 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 juniper berries
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- salt and pepper, to taste
- Rocket, or other salad greens, to serve
- Heat the oven to 180°C.
- To make the vinaigrette, crush the juniper berries in a mortar and pestle, then add the honey, white balsamic, dijon mustard, allspice and olive oil.
- Stir to combine.
- Remove the stalks from the figs.
- Cue a deep cross in the top of each fig and squeeze the base to encourage the figs to open up.
- Place the figs in a baking dish.
- Stuff the middle of the figs with the goat cheese.
- Drizzle half of the vinaigrette over the figs and cheese.
- Toast the brioche until golden brown on each side.
- Place the toasted brioche and figs in the oven and cook for 10 minutes.
- Use the remaining vinaigrette to coat the rocket leaves.
- To serve, place a piece of toasted brioche on each plate, top with some rocket and 2 figs, drizzle any juices from the baking dish over the figs. Enjoy.
What is your favourite fruit? Has this post inspired any new ideas?