Lavender and honey are a heavenly combination. Sweet and juicy figs are in season right now and are like eating a piece of candy! And did I mention the creamy, tangy blue cheese? Oh, things that make you go mmmmm!
This is a simple little jewel of dish that can be made in about ten minutes flat! This could be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or how about a snack? A kick in the pants appetizer?! There are so many ways to make this savory little bite!
Crumble of blue cheese
Fresh figs, sliced, about 1 per piece
Drizzle of honey
Sprinkle of lavender
Figs are a special fruit as they are tiny but pack such incredible sweetness and flavor. And how pretty are they when you slice them open? I love the unexpected in food. There are a few kinds of figs you may find in the grocery store or at the farmers market right now.
The dark purple figs are called Black Mission. They are the most common and are extremely sweet and almost have a syrupy quality. The Calimyrna figs are more golden in color and are sweet but have a more nutty flavor. And the Kadota figs are light green and less sweet. You may find Turkish figs, which are brown and less sweet but are typically dried, and available year-round. The sweetness intensifies when dried so they would be good to use in baking to eliminate sugar.
Slice the baguette on an angle to allow more surface area for adding all the good bits. Set the oven for about 300 degrees and place the slices on a baking sheet. They should bake until just crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side. Brushing with a touch of olive oil is optional and will help brown them. (Note: You know your oven best. Set the timer so they don’t burn!)
Black Mission figs are used in this dish. Slice the figs and set aside. Once the bread is ready, spread the blue cheese. Add a few slices of the figs, a small drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of lavender over the top. How beautiful is that? Now take a bite… The blue cheese offsets the sweetness of the honey and figs but the lavender adds a floral quality that brings it all together. It is fancy and scrumptious and delectable!
This could be tweaked to incorporate other flavors too. Goat cheese or ricotta would be delicious. Ricotta is more mellow than blue but is a perfect complement to the honey. Goat cheese is easier on the stomach and has that tangy flavor of the blue. Ricotta and black pepper? Goat cheese and blueberries? Too many combinations to list but so many options for your next party. Or just to eat all by yourself! Enjoy!