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Fig Tart with Bleu Cheeze Cream and Balsamic – “Honey” Drizzle

Posted Sep 02 2010 10:42am

There’s just something about figs… They’re so beautiful, and they seem to effortlessly dress up any recipe.  I see them at the farmers’ market, and I have to have them.  Maybe it’s because they’re often served with things like bacon and bleu cheeze, and I’m a sucker for sweet and savory combos.

I’m also a sucker for simple recipes that taste greater than the sum of their parts, so with my latest batch of figs I wanted to make something simple and elegant using flavors that are classically paired with figs, but in a new way.

I decided to use up some of the puff pastry I had waiting in my freezer for just such an occasion.  I also had some Suzanne’s “Just like Honey” rice nectar that I was dying to try.  For the bleu cheeze I used my trusted Sunergia Soy Bleu , and even though it was really tasty on its own with dates , I wanted a creamier consistency so I blended it with some non-dairy cream cheese .

Now I realize that this recipe relies mostly on pre-made vegan products, but I wanted it to be just as simple to make for vegans as it is for non-vegans.  This is crazy delicious and crazy easy to throw together, so it’s perfect for parties or when you want to impress people with how elegant vegan food can be.  You could serve this as an appetizer or even as a dessert.

Fig Tart with Bleu Cheeze Cream and Balsamic-”Honey” Drizzle

1 sheet of vegan puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
3 ounces vegan bleu cheeze
3 ounces non-dairy cream cheese , room temperature
1 teaspoon “just like honey” or agave nectar , plus more for drizzling on tart
1/2 – 1 pint figs, depending on their size, washed and sliced
2-4 tablespoons good-quality balsamic vinegar

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

In a food processor, blend the bleu and cream cheeses with the honey substitute or agave nectar, until smooth and creamy.

Roll the puff pastry out just a bit to even the layers, and then evenly spread the cheese mixture on top, leaving a 1-inch border around the outside.  Arrange the figs on top of the cheese mixture – you can overlap them if you’d like.

Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until the puff pastry is golden.

Remove from the oven and drizzle the balsamic vinegar and honey substitute or agave over the top of the tart.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

If you have any leftovers, you can store them in the fridge and reheat in a 350 degree oven for 8 minutes or so.

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