Buckle up folks, it’s time for some fancy toast. Fancy toast featuring fleeting figs. Alliterations!
I get excited about each wave of seasonal fruit and vegetables that hits each month…but fig season is kind of special. Beyond Fig Newtons, I didn’t grow up eating figs, and I am not sure I had ever even see a fresh fig in the grocery store (not that I was looking) until I was in my 20s.
In fact (story time!) I remember hosting a small, but very special, dinner around this time of year introducing two friends on a sorta-blind date at my house with me and Chris playing matchmaker.
Spoiler alert: It worked and now they are married and have two babies!
Bragging aside, at the time of this dinner party, it was right when I was really getting interested in cooking and throwing dinner parties, and after sweating over making complicated halibut filets and grilled vegetables, it was time for dessert. I had come across this recipe in Cooking Light that was simply honey glazed and grilled figs served with crème fraîche. It felt very adult. Very fresh, and very seasonal. Just perfect for serving to two people who were meeting for the first time, and to a husband who doesn’t care for figs at ALL. I remember leaving the dining room and heading back into the kitchen to prepare them, as my friends awkwardly made blind-date conversation in the adjacent dining room. I’ll never forget when I returned and set down this “dessert” in front of my guests who like it or not, reluctantly ate them because they were on a BLIND DATE and there was no way they could call me, who cooked them their blind date meal, out for not loving what I made! It was cringey and uncomfortable but hey, they went on to get married so it couldn’t be that bad! That recipe and that evening stuck in my head though, and every August and September, during those short weeks when fresh figs are in season, I’ll swoop them up when I see them at the store, laughing to myself about how I forced two people on a blind date to eat figs for dessert.
As a lover of all toasts…cinnamon toast, avocado toast, and last but not least the mother (grandmother?) of all fancy toast– french toast–when I saw the fresh figs pop up in the store last week, I knew they were destined for toast and into the cart they went. As I walked through the store, this toast just sort of formed in my head as I walked up and down the aisles. I grabbed a (super discounted really delicious) seedy, nutty, whole grain bread from the bakery, wandered around and contemplating the base of my future fig toast, I landed on the decadent, creamy and lighter-than-cream-cheese mascarpone. When I got home, I ate a few of the figs raw, and then decided to sprinkle a little sea salt on them and man, that was one of my better spontaneous decisions. After that, I decided to up the sweetness just a touch with a drizzle of honey and you GUYS. Fancy toast is popular for a reason! This toast admittedly went in a (delightfully) sweeter direction than I went in thinking it was headed, but with a sprinkle of salt on the top, and paired with a black coffee it is truly hard to beat.
Salted Fig & Honey Toast
Makes as much as you can get out of a loaf of fancy bread!
1 loaf of nutty, whole grain, seedy delicious bread, sliced into 1 inch thick pieces.
fresh figs, thinly sliced
Maldon Sea Salt
Can we even call this a recipe? It’s more of an assembly….a delicious one.
Toast the bread and spread with mascarpone cheese. Layer fig slices and sprinkle with salt. Drizzle with honey. Enjoy!