Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Apple and Fig Baguette Slices

First, prepare simple syrup by mixing 1/2 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small pot.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes.  Remove the pot from the heat to allow the syrup to cool.  Meanwhile, place 15 baguette slices on a baking sheet, and lightly drizzle them with olive oil.  Place 1 slice of Pecorino Romano cheese on each baguette slice.  Bake the baguette slices for 7 minutes at 375 degrees until the cheese is melted.  Once the simple syrup is cooled, combine 1/2 cup simple syrup, 6 dried figs cut in half, and 2 tablespoons brandy in a small pot.  Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, then turn off heat and allow the mixture to sit for 10 minutes.  Transfer the mixture to a food processor, and add 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts.  Blend until pur√©ed.  Top each toasted baguette with 1-2 teaspoons of the fig mixture and a slice of apple.

The only problem with this snack is that it does not reheat well, so plan to eat all that you have prepared.  Also, be warned that not all of the alcohol cooks off.

Edmund: 9
Baxter: Yay
Lamb Chop: Yay


  1. Is there any way to do this without a food processor? I'd love to make this for my next dinner party but I don't have a food processor. :(

  2. A blender would also work. But if you don't have one of those either, you could try cutting up the figs really, really finely.