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Figs with soft goats cheese and balsamic syrup

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The following post is part of a series of recipes celebrating figs which are currently in season. 

I visited Sabato in Mt Eden for advice on cheeses to go with figs. There were a few recommendations but I was sold on the value of the Pico Affinė, a soft goat’s camembert with a yellow rind from France. You could substitute this for chèvre or regular cow’s camembert.

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This recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free and vegetarian. Out of the four dishes at our four course fig feast, this dish was my favourite.

Please check out my tips at the end of the recipe for alternate options.

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Figs with soft goats cheese and balsamic syrup

Makes 20 pieces

Ingredients

  • 10 figs, halved
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 100 grams (3½ oz) soft goats cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (390°F).
  2. Melt butter in a sauce pan and add balsamic and honey. Bring to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes until syrup is thickened.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the halved figs, topped with a piece of soft goats cheese.
  4. Drizzle over with the syrup and bake at 200°C (390°F) for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt before serving.

Pro tip

The soft goats cheese melts very easily and can look a messy as it slides off the figs. To fix this, bake figs on top of a tart pastry or pizza base so that any cheese that slides, off, slides off onto the base. Roast fig and goat cheese pizza! Yes!

Alternatively…

Roast the figs on their own and then add cheese and syrup afterwards while still hot. The heat of the syrup and figs will warm the cheese up nicely, without melting to the point they slide off the figs.

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16 Comments

  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Last year I planted a fig tree in my backyard, I believe that by next summer I will have some to eat. I’m saving all this recipes for my harvest! 🙂

  2. This sounds absolutely heavenly!! I love the combo of figs and cheese. Will definitely have to make this on the weekend 🙂

  3. You know it’s funny but as someone who doesn’t like really like figs and can’t eat cheese – this is making my mouth water in the worst way right now.
    Your pictures are just THAT good..

  4. Great tips Genie. I have yet to see gigs in our local green grocers but as soon as I do, I’m definitely making this lovely dish. Have you seen my figs with goats cheese and prosciutto recipe? It’s always a huge hit when I make them. Just search figs on my blog and you’ll get there.

    • I haven’t seen that recipe of yours. Will check it out now. I also made a prosciutto and figs recipe but I used a strong blue cheese instead of goats cheese. I’m sure goats cheese would be great though too.

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