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 puréed. 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.
Lamb Chop: Yay