Sunday, 12 August 2018

A Feast of Figs

Lots of figs in the garden are now ripe, so along with making jars of Confit de Figues - delicious on fresh crusty bread or as an accompaniment to cheese, we can once again enjoy a tasty summer fig dish which I tried last year after seeing it on Lorrie's blog. 
Fig and Blue Cheese Tart 
I use freshly made bought sheets of puff pastry placed on grease proof paper, score around the edge and then fork the middle in preparation for the topping.
Set the oven at 220C, 450F or Gas Mark 8
Ingredients
1 sheet of puff pastry
2 red onions
4 or 5 fresh figs
English Blue Stilton cheese, 
but any blue cheese you prefer
rapeseed (canola) oil
balsamic vinegar
5 teaspns sugar
Method
slice the onions then gently cook in the oil until they are translucent. 
Add the sugar and a large tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
Keep stirring until all of the liquid is absorbed and the onions have a jam like consistency - let the mixture cool. 
Layer the onions on to the pastry, top with the sliced figs, and finish off with pieces of blue cheese on each figs.
Cook for 20mins then enjoy hot or cold.
Quick, easy and tasty
Fortunately more figs are still growing and ripening. 

41 comments:

  1. That looks delicious. I just need to find some figs :). B x

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    1. Pity you aren't nearby as I have many more than I need πŸ’š

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    1. This combination is really tasty and delicious.

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  3. Amazing you can grow figs down there in the open air.. or is that under glass? My cousin grows grapes in her garden in Kent successfully most years but figs I always associate with really hot dry climates. Very occasionally I buy figs or dates to eat for a change so that's put me in the mood again for another go.

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    1. I think that Fig Trees would probably grow with you too in a sheltered spot - they are much more hardy than you would imagine. Mine is out in the open and survived all of that winter snow - It produces a good crop every year. I also have an outside grape vine that grows along a Cotswold stone wall beside the Fig Tree.

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  4. We have gathered several bowlfuls of figs already. We've have been giving them away and eating one or two each day with our lunch. I shall take more to our other daughter when we visit. Our local daughter asked for a recipe to preserve them by drying, but I would rather eat them fresh with some yoghurt and honey. Your fig tart looks delicious. Figs are so versatile and good for you!

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    1. I like dried figs too, and especially during the winter months. I have just bottled up a few more jars of fig jam which looks really good.

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  5. It looks delicious. I do love caramelized onions and blue cheese. I could eat puff pastry with anything on it! Now for the confession.... I have never tasted a fig.

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    1. Sometimes I make a tart simply using red onions, but cook at least 8 onions depending on their size , and then sprinkle the tart with parmesan cheese before eating. It wasn't until someone gave us this tree for our garden about 20 years ago that I started eating figs myself.

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  6. Mmmmm, looks SO GOOD! And I don't even like blue cheese.

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    1. You can always use a cheese that you do like Debra.

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  7. Hello Rosemary, Your food and food preparation photos are so tantalizing. I have tried to illustrate the steps in a recipe, but the photos are always dull and mechanical--I wish I had your touch!
    --Jim
    P.S. I'll bet you could think of all kinds of substitutions here, and make a whole family of recipes.

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    1. Hello Jim - yes, you are right. Equally the pastry base could be used for sweet things too. We had loads of cherry tomatoes a couple of weeks ago which I cut in half, and before placing them on the base I spread it with English mustard then a layer of grated vintage cheddar cheese followed by the tomatoes.

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  8. Hi dear - just left Gina's home in the alfalfa field where she and her charming husband G made us more than welcome. Such an amazing place - I thought I had died and gone to heaven! As we enjoyed delicious fruit bowls on the balcony watching over 100 geese fly in for a morning dip in the pond, Gina told me to check here to see your fig tart. Wow, love the look of this one - hope there will still be figs on my tree when I get home so I can make this - I even have Stilton in the 'frig!

    Flying on to Denver now - more later.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Dear Mary - I would simply love to walk in Gina and Mr. Gs alfalfa fields and then sit on their balcony enjoying a delicious fruit bowl with them too. I am so delighted that you all had such a great time together. Enjoy the last part of your trip in Denver, where I think that you said you would be visiting Michael. Please give a big 'hello' to him from me.
      Do make this tart it is really tasty MaryπŸ’•

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    1. Someone else has also mentioned that they have never tasted figs before too.

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  10. Oh that looks delicious...haven't had figs in a long time, and I adore blue cheese.

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  11. That sounds and looks delicious. Unfortunately, when we lived further north, we had lots of figs but the birds used to get to them first.

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    1. We let the birds take the ones at the top of the tree and we have the ones within our reach.

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  12. Lekker!, as the Dutch say. I love figs, Rosemary - and I saw them some weeks ago in Tuscany in the trees. But here in Berlin's shops they are as costly as ever... Yet I will copy your recipe, in case that at then of a market day I might get them a bit cheaper.
    In the meantime I cheer myself up with beautiful fig-perfume, by Annick GoutalGoutal, Ninfeo Mio - a real perfume, it is not synthetic.

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    1. Figs always seem to be expensive and I don't really know why that should be, if you were nearby I could give you a bowl full.
      I have never heard of fig perfume before, sounds interesting.

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  13. That really looks delicious. My figs in the greenhouse are not yet ripe, but there are many, so may be I try the recipe too.

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    1. If you give it a try, hope you enjoy. Do you make jam with the figs too?

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  14. Dear Rosemary,
    I can tell by the ingredients that this is a most delicious recipe. Now where can I get some figs? I only have 5 figs on my little greenhouse tree.

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    1. Dear Gina - unless you have other special plans for your five figs, then five figs would be more than ample to make this tart.

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  15. shame we don't like figs.....we have a fig growing well in our greenhouse and every year I feel bad they go to waste. xx

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  16. My kind of sweet. It must be scrumptious!

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  17. that looks really delicious. My fig tree finished producing back in July, but maybe I'll try this next year.

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    1. Thanks for visiting Rebecca - it is very tasty, we love it.

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  18. Dearest Rosemary,
    Our Italian honey figs have already quit producing and indeed, our season seems to be ahead of yours. Baked my Fig Cakes and we enjoyed them fresh and gave them a couple of times to the boy that helps with our garden since he's the eldest of a family of 7 kids.
    The fig, onion and blue Stilton cheese combination sure makes for a very tasty bite!
    Hugs,
    Mariette

    PS The birds also claimed the last ones, they constantly were snacking on them!

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    1. It is a fight here too getting to the figs before the birds, but we left them have the ones at the top of the tree that are difficult for us to reach.

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  19. That looks so good! Our fig tree was getting so huge and my husband gave it a very harsh cut so we haven't had any figs this year. Sarah x

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    1. I think that our fig tree could also do with a hair cut, but perhaps we had better not do it too harshly.

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  20. YUM! Alas, our fig tree provided few figs this year. I picked the last ripe one this morning. I'm not certain if any of the others will ripen or not.
    Your tart looks delectable!

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    1. This tart is thanks to you Lorrie - hope you have a better crop next year. Our plum trees have very little on them this year too.

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