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Roasted Figs With Whipped Goat Cheese And Mascarpone

Lovely figs before roasting

Lovely figs before roasting

The other day I started my daily routine, feeding and medicating and walking the pugs, get my cup of coffee and sit down at the computer to see what I missed after sleeping all night. I saw a post from The Solitary Cook, one of my favorite blogs and just have to say that she is someone I greatly admire and look to for inspiration. The title of the post was DAVID LEBOVITZ’S ROASTED FIGS,  I was immediately drawn to this recipe. First, I LOVE figs, fresh figs not dried. How could I go wrong with a recipe from the very talented Mr. Lebovitz and Cynthia (The Solitary Cook). I knew this would be wonderful.

Now this was a revelation for me, really it was. I always poached my figs, at least the figs that I didn’t eat fresh. It never dawned on me to roast them. (one of those aha moments). Imagine roasting fresh figs with rosemary or thyme, honey and wine. I was immediately drawn in, inspired and I had to make this right away.

I changed the recipe ever so slightly, instead of red wine I used white and I chose to use thyme as Mr. Lebovitz suggests (because thats what I had)  and thought that whipped goat cheese and mascarpone  lightly sweetened with the syrup from the roasted figs would be wonderful. I really recommend you try this delicious recipe, it’s absolutely amazing, and if you are a fig lover like me you will be in fig heaven.

Whipped Goat Cheese And Mascarpone

3 oz softened goat cheese (Chevre)

3 oz mascarpone

2-3 tbs of the syrup from the roasted figs

whip the cheese and syrup together with hand held mixer. Easy right?

Add a dollop  to the figs. Drizzle with some of the syrup.  It’s heavenly!!

Figs and Creamy Goat Cheese/Mascarpone

Figs and Creamy Goat Cheese/Mascarpone

YUM!

YUM!

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  1. Looks and sounds Delicious!!! I love figs too!! 🙂

    August 24, 2013
  2. Karen Rush #

    David, then Cynthia and now you guys ar driving me crazy on this last winter weekend where I live. Suzanne you’ve done it! Looks like a perfect marriage of produce and method. Yum! I hunger for figs at the end of every winter so much. Sweet torture reading your gorgeous blog post.

    I measure what life I have left by the number of springs, summers and autumns I have left (I figure just short of twenty) and how many figs I will eat before my demise – gets it all in perspective and ensures I do not waste or take any for granted. David Tanis writes in his wonderful book “a platter of figs and other recipes” “Fresh ripe figs are voluptuous and generous, luxurious and fleeting. And beautiful.”

    August 24, 2013
    • I would have to agree with the great Mr. Tanis, fresh figs are one of lifes great pleasures and I look forward to when they are in season every year. This simple way of enjoying them is now one of my absolute favorites. I am thankful for Cynthia and Mr. Lebovitz for this recipe. Thanks so much Karen.

      August 24, 2013
  3. I was drawn to your post as well my friends, these figs look so juicy 🙂
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    August 24, 2013
  4. Maria Stickel #

    I had a wonderful roasted fig appetizer at a Fort Worth restaurant that had gist cheese. It was fabulous!

    Sent from my iPhone

    August 24, 2013
    • Roasted figs and the goat cheese are a marriage made in heaven. So good together. Thanks so much Maria!

      August 24, 2013
  5. I just read your rigatoni post and now this one! You are making my grocery list grow by the second! am very excited about this one. This recipe will be my first fig purchase of the season. They are looking real good right now so your timing is perfect. Thank you!

    August 24, 2013
    • I was lucky enough to find some beautiful figs and I love this dish, the figs are so soft and juicy and the goat cheese and mascarpone are perfect with them, I hope you enjoy, I sure did!

      August 24, 2013
  6. Looks so fresh and healthy! I love that they need no sugar either. It’s just perfect for this awful heat!

    August 24, 2013
    • It’s so light and the perfect dessert when it’s really hot out. Texas is getting slammed, I know it’s been terribly hot there. Hope you get some relief soon. Thanks so much Brandi.

      August 24, 2013
  7. Yum is right!! These roasted figs sound absolutely lovely. I love the addition of herbs and pairing them with cheese. I’m definitely making this soon!

    August 24, 2013
    • Thank you so much, I am always sad when fig season is over. I need to preserve some of the roasted figs so I have them all winter.

      August 24, 2013
  8. Bevi #

    I made my roasted figs and adored them. Sam is going to enjoy them with Greek yogurt while I am traveling.

    August 24, 2013
  9. And fresh figs haven’t made an appearance as yet. So looking forward to them. And will definitely roast them to try them out. I’m also waiting for persimmons as well as they could be used for my blueberry bread.

    August 24, 2013
    • I so love figs, we are in the height of fig season right now so they are everywhere. I love persimmons too and can’t wait to see your persimmon bread. I have never baked or cooked with them before. Thanks so much..

      August 24, 2013
  10. That looks like a dessert. It looks wonderful. I’m not crazy about goat cheese. Do you think it would work if I eliminated it?

    August 24, 2013
    • It’s a wonderful dessert and yes, eliminate the goat cheese and just use the mascarpone. It would be delicious. Thanks so much.

      August 24, 2013
  11. I love fresh figs but it has never occurred to me to roast them. This dish sounds great – a must try as soon as I’m back home. 🙂

    August 24, 2013
    • Honestly, it never occurred to me either to roast figs. They are so much better roasted than poached, It’s my new favorite thing. Thanks so much,

      August 24, 2013
  12. Liz #

    especially love your first photo. Yum! great combination of flavors and textures and fragrance. Dreamy 🙂

    August 24, 2013
    • Thank you Liz, aren’t figs beautiful. I marvel at just how gorgeous they are (and delicious too)

      August 24, 2013
  13. – I don’t consume alcohol and don’t like thyme. However, I want to roast some figs. How much honey for the amount of figs you show in your first photo?
    – I know how mascarpone tastes but I don’t know how Chevre tastes. By mixing these two cheeses, what kind of taste? consistency? are you seeking?

    August 24, 2013
    • Hi Fae; You can certainly omit the wine and thyme, you could sub a fruit juice for the wine and the thyme is so understated you can leave it out totally, I didn’t measure the honey, I guess if I had to guess I used 2-3 tbs. Really I just drizzled it all over the figs. Goats cheese is very distinct, I love it but it’s got a fairly strong flavor and very tangy. I mixed it with the mascarpone for 2 reasons one to tone down the strong flavor of the goats cheese and the other reason was because I wanted something very creamy but with a more pronounced flavor than plain mascarpone which is why I mixed the two cheeses. Hope this helps.

      August 24, 2013
      • Thank you for the response, Suzanne. I’m off to get some figs… Yahoo!

        August 24, 2013
  14. Heavenly indeed! Off to buy some figs… 🙂

    August 24, 2013
  15. I love figs and these do indeed look entirely heavenly. Is it greedy to think that they would be perfect with a good steak? Love the beautiful shot of the figs before roasting and a “keeper” recipe.

    August 24, 2013
  16. Heavenly combination. I love fresh figs and we have a tree full of them ripening at the moment. Now I know what to do with some of them. Can’t wait!

    August 25, 2013
  17. Seems an elegant start to a meal– I’ve never had roasted figs– would love to try this while they are still available! thanks!!

    August 25, 2013
    • Prior to this I had never roasted figs and must say when not eating them raw and fresh this is the way I plan to enjoy them. Thanks so much.

      August 25, 2013
  18. i love figs but is hard to find it here.

    August 25, 2013
    • Sorry figs are hard to find, they are delicious. I wish I had a fig tree!!Thanks so much.

      August 25, 2013
  19. The goat’s cheese and mascarpone sounds divine as do the roasted figs. I love the way the internet puts into circulation so many different recipes and provides a wealth of different ways of doing things. 😉

    August 25, 2013
    • Thank you, yes the goat cheese and mascarpone is a great combination and perfect with the figs. It seems that there are endless ideas and combinations of different foods when you search the internet, thats what I love about it!

      August 25, 2013
  20. My dear Suzanne ! Here I am again after lots of adventures this summer (will text you soon to explain you why we weren’t able to meet while I was in NYC etc…)
    Figs are one of my favorite fruits ever, they are so special and taste like no one. So that roasted figs, oh my goodness they look so incredible !
    Please, forgive my time off from blogging.. I will explain you soon, text me when you have free time !

    Lots of love my dear Suzanne xxx

    August 25, 2013
    • I wondered if you had come to NYC, I know how busy it is when you are travelling. Look forward to hearing about your adventures. Thanks so much, Figs are right up there for me too, I think right under plums!

      August 25, 2013
  21. This looks beautiful! I love figs too =)

    August 25, 2013
  22. Delicious. There are far too few fresh figs in my life. Are you lucky enough to access to someone with a fig tree? I have to investigate the one I found in Brooklyn but I think others have the same idea because every time I stroll by the lower fruit is picked off.

    August 25, 2013
    • They had some figs at the farmers market was lucky, I wish I knew someone with a fig tree. Figs seem almost elusive, come and go so quickly and when they appear are snapped up very quickly.

      August 25, 2013
  23. Thank you profoundly for the kind tribute, Suzanne. Your mascarpone and goat cheese combination gilds the lily! I made French toast this morning and spread some figs and their precious juices over it. I may never be able to eat it any other way.

    August 25, 2013
  24. Wow! This recipe looks outstanding! I wish I had some fresh figs on hand right now!

    August 25, 2013
    • I have to find some more before they disappear. I am going to roast some more and preserve them I think. I want to have them all winter.

      August 25, 2013
  25. Suzanne, I talked about this recipe with my mom and she wants to do it tonight for a dinner party she’s attending. Question: halve figs and bake for 20 minutes in 400 degree oven, correct?

    August 25, 2013
    • Yes 400 degree’s for 20 minutes, sprinkle with a little natural or brown sugar and dirizzle with honey, put cut side down in the baking dish. They are divine. Hope your Mom likes them. I used white wine but Lebovitz used red (I think white is very nice with the figs) Also be sure to use the right size baking dish, the figs should be snug in the pan so that the juices don’t evaporate.

      August 25, 2013
      • I passed along the directions. Can’t wait to hear all the “juciy” details!

        August 25, 2013
      • I also want to hear how it went!!

        August 25, 2013
  26. d’oh … also meant to way: thank you!

    August 25, 2013
  27. I keep seeing recipes for Figs, but have never tried any. I love to eat figs but don’t know how to cook with them so your post is inspiring. I particularly like the mascarpone and also the thyme (I have just started using thyme in desserts, always used it in savory dishes). Am always intrigued on anything David Lebovitz suggests and will now have to check out the Solitary Cook too. Your dish looks mouth-watering!

    August 26, 2013
    • Thanks Claire, I found this recipe to be a revelation and for something so simple that’s saying something. Please do check out Cynthia’s blog, it’s wonderful and as for Mr. Lebovitz, he is one of my all time favorites. If you try this I hope you like it as I did, the thyme is very understated but you know it’s there. The figs are soft and supple and juicy. Absolutely delicious.

      August 26, 2013
  28. This looks so amazing! The flavors sounds great!

    August 26, 2013
  29. Suzanne this figs look super delicious! I’m going to try them once I’m back from my vacation and I’m also going to finish the second post of our fish & wine pairing collaboration. I haven’t had much time lately but maybe I can do it during my vacation if not then I’ll write it once I’m back.

    August 26, 2013
    • Thanks Julian, hope you are having a great vacation! Look forward to the second collaborative post and when you give those figs a try would love to hear what you think. Have a great time!

      August 26, 2013
  30. Like someone else said, figs are hard to find here. I wish I could get them because this dish sounds divine! Maybe I could order them online…hummm…

    August 26, 2013
    • Do you have a whole foods near you? They usually have them. I wish you could find them because this really is so good.

      August 26, 2013
  31. So, I will raise my hand and admit I’m not a fig lover. I like the FLAVOR of them, but those seeds? I can’t do it. However, I also have a stubborn streak – when I don’t like a food, I eat it as many times as necessary for me to start appreciating it. It’s a bit ridiculous, but I WANT to like figs. And I feel like when they’re topped with whipped goat cheese and mascarpone…how could that NOT be step #1 of me beginning to like them?

    August 26, 2013
    • I really dislike dried figs, I will only eat fresh ones. I know what you mean about the seeds and must say the creamy cheese makes you forget about those pesky seeds.

      August 26, 2013
  32. Lovely and syrupy looking figs!

    August 26, 2013
  33. This looks absolutely gorgeous Suzanne, and so delicious!

    August 27, 2013
  34. I love figs too, and this sounds stunning. A perfect kind of dessert (or breakfast or lunch… 🙂 )

    August 28, 2013
  35. Ah, I miss fresh figs. It’s the last week of winter over here and I’m craving some interesting fruit (so sick of apples, pears and oranges!). This recipe looks divine. I make a similar baked fig recipe and attempted to whip the goats cheese but it just didn’t work. I didn’t add the fig syrup to it though, I’ll have to try that! xx

    August 28, 2013
    • Thats one of the reasons I added mascarpone along with a little of the syrup, goat cheese has a tendency to crumble and when you mix in the creamy mascarpone or you could just use heavy cream for that matter you get a creamy consistency. Thanks so much! We are now coming into the apple, pear and orange season here. Will sorely miss all the summer fruits.

      August 28, 2013
  36. I also love figs and mascarpone. This looks fantastic! Will have to give this a try soon, before there are no more fresh figs to be found. Beautiful!

    August 29, 2013
    • Thank you, it seems like figs disappear in a mere blink, I hope I can find more this weekend at the market.

      August 29, 2013
  37. I saw cynthia’s post too, and loved it. My mind has been dancing with ideas ever since. I love this combination of figs, mascarpone and goat cheese! And I can’t wait to roast my first figs 🙂

    August 29, 2013
    • Those figs just spoke to me, sounds weird I know but the idea of roasted figs was intoxicating, I am such a lover of fresh figs. The goat cheese and mascarpone mixed makes a creamy somewhat tangy accompaniment to the figs. Thanks so much Susan!

      August 29, 2013
  38. I ADORE goat cheese, but alas, much to the dismay of my Italian-fig-loving-mother, I dislike figs 😦 Looks lovely though!

    August 31, 2013
    • Oh it’s almost a requirement to like figs when you are Italian, my Father used to eat those dried figs all the time (really don’t like them). I do like fresh though. Thanks Christina!

      September 1, 2013
  39. meg #

    Yum. I’m making some Italian appetizers this week for some visiting friends, and I think I’ll add this to the list. I just subscribed to your blog, can’t wait to see what else you are making!

    September 10, 2013
    • Hi Meg; The roasted figs and mascarpone would make a delicious appetizer. Thank you so much!

      September 10, 2013
  40. Looks amazing, I love figs!

    January 22, 2014
  41. Thank you!

    September 16, 2013

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