|As we were doing our grocery shopping the other day, we happened to notice that fresh figs were in season.
I’ve been waiting for this for a while – I’ve been planning for a decadent gluten-free brie en croûte recipe for Beyond Flour, which requires fresh figs. It’s kind of maddening when you dream something up, and don’t have access to actualize the idea!
Anyway, as one package of figs contained more than I’d need for my project, I decided to do a second, non-gluten-free version for this blog. So glad I did – you should have seen the look on my husband’s face when I presented him with this and declared it to be his supper!
If you’ve never had fresh figs, it may be a bit difficult to picture how this will taste. Unlike their dried counterparts, fresh figs have a dainty, almost floral taste to them. The taste and texture of the fresh figs pairs perfectly with the saltiness of the prosciutto, the creaminess of the cheese, sweetness of the pear-honey sauce, and the crunch from the pistachios.
This makes a very elegant and impressive appetizer OR dessert course!
Brie en Croûte with Prosciutto, Honey Pear Sauce, and Figs
1 sheet puff pastry
1 small wheel of brie
4 slices prosciutto
1 Tbsp water
2 Black mission figs, sliced into wedges
2 Tbsp finely chopped pistachios
Preheat oven to 400 F, line baking sheet with parchment paper
Unfold puff pastry sheet onto lined baking sheet. Carefully cut the rind off the brie, if desired. Wrap brie in prosciutto, place in the middle of the puff pastry sheet. Pull up all corners of the puff pastry, to full enclose the brie in a little pouch.
Whisk together egg and water, Lightly brush entire pastry with egg wash.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
While brie is baking, make the honey sauce:
1/2 cup pear juice or pear nectar
1/4 Tbsp honey
1 tsp lemon juice
Whisk together juices and honey in a small saucepan. Bring JUST to a boil, turn heat down to low, and simmer for 20 minute, or until thick and syrupy. Keep an eye on it – it can burn!
As soon as brie is finished baking, transfer to serving plate. Arrange sliced figs on top, drizzle generously with honey pear sauce. Sprinkle with pistachios, serve immediately! Sliced pears, crostini, and crackers make great accompaniments.