Fig Almond Spread

avanti savoia’s brie with fig almond spread baked in puff pastry

avanti savoia's brie with fig almond spread baked in puff pastry 2013-11-02 22:06:31 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 13.2-oz. round of Brie, cold 1/3 of a 10 oz. jar of Fig Almond Spread One 1.1-lb package of frozen puff pastry, thawed 1 Beaten egg Instructions 1. On a lightly floured surface, lay out one piece of puff pastry dough and roll it slightly with a rolling pin just to even out the cracks. Be sure there are no holes in the pastry or the cheese will leak out. 2. Calculate the approximate size of dough that you will need to wrap the cheese including enough to overlap across the bottom. Cut off the excess dough and save for decoration or another dish. 3. In the middle of this piece of dough, spoon on a circle of Fig Almond Spread the size of the round of cheese. Place the cheese directly on top of the circle of spread. 4. Wrap the pastry dough around the sides and over the bottom of the cheese. Make a neat little package completely encasing the cheese and brush inside the bottom flaps with the beaten egg. Press with your fingers to seal the pastry flaps. Turn over the entire package and brush the top and sides with more of the beaten egg. You can even decorate the top with bits of the leftover dough. It will adhere to the wet egg wash. Now place the prepared cheese into the refrigerator until ready to bake. This can be prepared to this point hours or even the day before you intend to bake it. 5. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and place the wrapped cheese on a parchment paper-lined baking tray. Bake about 15 minutes or until the pastry is a nice golden color. Serve at once while the pastry is hot and the cheese is runny. One 13.2 oz. round of Brie will serve 4 to 6 persons- two will serve 8 to 12, etc. Preparation time: about 30 or 40 minutes depending on the time spent decorating. Notes Visit Avanti Savoia The Gracious Gourmet

fig almond tartlets

fig almond tartlets 2013-11-02 22:05:30 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 package (15 count) Athens® Mini Fillo Shells 8 tablespoons softened blue cheese 5 tablespoons of The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread 3 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds Instructions Bake the fillo tartlets in a preheated 350° oven for about 5-7 minutes until nicely browned. Remove and cool. Add 1 ½ teaspoons blue cheese to each tartlet shell. Spoon 1 teaspoon of The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread over the cheese in each tartlet. Sprinkle each with ½ teaspoon of toasted sliced almonds. Serve immediately. Notes Makes 12 appetizers, (allow 2 – 3 per serving). The Gracious Gourmet

fig almond & cheese tortilla roll-ups

fig almond & cheese tortilla roll-ups 2013-11-02 22:04:34 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2 flour tortillas (8-inch) with edges cut off to make the tortillas square 1/4 cup (about 2 ounces) brie or blue cheese, softened 6 tablespoons The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread 2 tablespoons minced toasted almonds Instructions Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons brie or blue cheese. Spread thin layer of 3 tablespoons Fig Almond Spread on top. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon toasted almonds on top. Roll up tightly*; with serrated knife, slice into 3/4-inch rounds. Notes Makes 14 to 16 appetizers, (allow 3 – 4 per serving). *Roll-ups can be made ahead: wrap each rolled-up tortilla individually in plastic wrap and chill. The Gracious Gourmet

fig almond pastry twists

fig almond pastry twists 2013-11-02 22:03:36 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 frozen puff pastry sheet (approx. 8 ounces), thawed according to package directions 1/2 cup The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread 1/4 cup powdered sugar 1/4 tablespoon orange juice concentrate, thawed 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted Instructions On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry into a 12 x 10-inch rectangle, carefully smoothing out folds in sheet. Cut in half lengthwise. Cut each half crosswise into 4 strips (5 x 3-inch). Spread 1 tablespoon Fig Almond Spread down middle of each strip, leaving a 1/4” border on all sides. Fold each strip in half lengthwise, pressing edges and ends together. Twist each strip 3 times. Place on parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425°F, 12 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer to wire rack. Stir together powdered sugar, orange juice concentrate, and enough cream to make a glaze; brush onto warm pastries. Sprinkle with toasted almonds. Serve warm. Notes Makes 8 servings. The Gracious Gourmet

fruit tarts with fig almond ice cream

fruit tarts with fig almond ice cream 2013-11-02 22:02:03 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1/2 cup The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread, chilled 1 tablespoon cognac (optional) 1 pint premium vanilla ice cream, softened 8 baked individual fruit tarts (peach, apricot, apple or mixed fruit) Instructions Stir Fig Almond Spread and cognac into softened ice cream. Freeze until firm. Scoop about 1/4-cup Fig Almond ice cream onto each fruit tart; serve immediately. Notes Makes 8 servings. The Gracious Gourmet

fig almond torte

fig almond torte 2013-11-02 21:59:54 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 2/3 cup butter, softened 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 egg, beaten 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2-3/4 cups all purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon double acting baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 jar (10 ounces) The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread 1/4 cup ground almonds 1 ounce white chocolate, chopped and melted Instructions In large bowl of electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt, blend thoroughly into butter mixture (mixture will be crumbly). Grease 9-inch Pyrex pie plate. Spread half of crumb mixture (about 2 cups) evenly on bottom. Dollop spoonfuls of Fig Almond Spread on top, gently spread evenly. Mix remaining crumbs with almonds; spread on top of figs; pat down lightly. Bake at 375°F about 25 minutes, or until golden brown around edges, and firm to the touch. Cool on wire rack. Drizzle with melted white chocolate Notes Makes 8 to 10 servings. The Gracious Gourmet

fig almond glazed duck

Fig almond glazed duck 2013-11-02 21:58:28 Save Recipe Print Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 2 duck breast filets (7.5 ounces each), thawed if frozen Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1/4 cup Marsala 1/2 cup The Gracious Gourmet Fig Almond Spread Instructions Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-low heat. Score duck skin in 1-inch wide grid patterns using small paring knife. Add duck skin side down to skillet, season with salt and pepper. Cook, covered, about 8 minutes, turn, cover, and cook 8 minutes. Turn duck. Check internal temperature with thermometer, cook to 145°–150°F. Transfer duck to cutting board; tent with foil. Pour off drippings from pan, add Marsala to pan and return pan to heat. Cook over high heat to deglaze pan. Reduce heat to low; stir in Fig Almond Spread, bring to a simmer. Slice duck; drizzle with Fig Almond Sauce; serve immediately. Notes Makes 4 servings. The Gracious Gourmet