The California fig season is officially underway! These fragile, pear-shaped beauties are one of our favorites and between Rochelle and I, we are fortunate enough to have five beautiful fig trees to harvest from. Plump and mildly sweet, fresh figs are delicious in their natural state or can be added to an array of savory or sweet dishes. Below are a few of our favorite ways to enjoy fresh California figs:
Goat Cheese and Fig Toast
Bread of your choice, toasted (we use Beckmanns bread from our local farmers market)
Fresh figs, sliced
Raw organic honey
Salt and pepper
Drizzle toast with olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper and toast. Spread the fresh goat cheese on the warm toast, drizzle with honey, add a little pepper and top with fresh fig slices. Garnish with thyme.
Add this easy-to-make salsa to sliced, smoked steak for a hint of sweetness.
Fresh figs, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
Fresh parsley, chopped
Pinch salt & pepper
Mix together oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Drizzle over figs, add parsley and scallions and mix to combine. Garnish with blue cheese crumbles. Also, great on a steak crostini!
Blue Cheese, Honey and Walnut Figs
This super easy, savory appetizer bursts with some incredible flavors. The saltiness of the blue cheese complements the sweetness of the ripe homegrown figs finished with a delightful nuttiness of toasted organic walnuts. Click here for the recipe
These free-form tartlets scream summer and are so easy to make. You can make the dough ahead of time in large batches (just double the dough recipe below) and keep the dough in the fridge for a few days or freeze up to two months.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
10 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt
Ice water (4 tablespoons)
Process flour and salt in food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs – about 6-8 pulses. Add one tablespoon of ice water at a time and pulse until dough begins to form small curds. Dough should be crumbly.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured counter. Using the heel of your hand, smear small amount of dough against the counter until all crumbs have been worked. Divide dough into four section and form each section into 3-inch disks. Wrap each disk tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Let dough sit on counter top for 5-10 minutes before rolling.
Roll each disk into 7-inch circle between two small sheets of floured parchment paper. Keeping the dough between the parchment paper, refrigerate until firm (15 minutes).
Basket of mulberries (can substitute with your favorite berry)
3-4 peaches, sliced
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and adjust rack to lower-middle position. Gently toss peaches and mulberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and remove the top sheet of parchment from each dough circle. Keep bottom sheet of parchment paper and transfer dough circles to a baking sheet. Mound fruit in the middle of the dough, leaving 1 1/2 inch border around the edge of the fruit. Carefully fold dough over fruit, pleating it every 1-2 inches as needed. Repeat with remaining fruit and dough circles.
Quickly brush the sides of the dough with water and sprinkle tartlets with a little sugar. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until crust is golden brown and fruit is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Rotate baking sheet halfway during baking.
Transfer tartlets with sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove bottom sheet and let cool on rack until juices have thickened, about 15 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature with vanilla bean ice cream.
It’s mulberry season once again and this year our two trees are producing more mulberries than ever. These beautiful reddish-black berries are only here for a few months during the summer and are similar in appearance to blackberries with a tart, slightly sweet flavor.
Enjoy this easy to make summer puffed pancake recipe for breakfast or dessert.
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk (I used almond milk)
1 cup mulberries and raspberries (you can substitute with blackberries)
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Add butter to a cast iron skillet and place in the oven.
Mix together the flour and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla and milk. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth.
Remove the cast iron skillet from oven and pour in batter. Top with berries of choice and bake until pancakes are puffed and golden, around 12-15 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar (or maple syrup – my Husband’s favorite) and cut into slices.