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

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

  1. Oh my gosh! This look great, so fancy, just perfect for a fancy dinner…I’m curious if you know of a good recipe for homemade vegan bleu cheeze? Anyways I’m definitely trying this as part of a ‘woo my family’ meal.

  2. Thanks, Monica! I’ve never made vegan bleu cheeze, but there might be a recipe in “The Ultimate Uncheese Cookbook”. I feel like I’ve also seen stuff online in the past.

  3. This would make a very elegant appetizer for a cocktail party, especially if they were made individually.

    This sounds delish!

  4. P.s. I tried to vote for this dish on Veganed.com but it wouldn’t let me… hmmmm

  5. How elegant! I bet it came out delicious. I used to love the bleu cheese and fruit combo before going vegan. I hope I can find that vegan bleu around here sometime!

  6. I love how simple the prep is, and yet how complicated the flavor combo seems! So beautiful!

  7. This sounds SO good!

  8. This looks sensational! I can’t wait to try it!

  9. Love figs, and this is so beautiful! My dad has a giant white fig tree in his yard- I’ll be all set! :)

  10. That looks ridiculously amazing!

  11. That looks gorgeous! So simple, yet very elegant. I also love the sweet & savory combo, and blue cheese was one of my favorite things in my pre-vegan days. I am definitely going to look for the Sunergia brand and try this recipe out!

  12. yum! i just got some figs from the farmers market. where did you find sunergia in la? i haven’t seen it…

  13. Hi, Amy! I got the bleu cheeze at Whole Foods in Sherman Oaks. I’ve seen it at both the east and west locations, but you might want to call before you go there to make sure they have it. Those are both pretty small stores, so I’m assuming the larger ones would carry it too?

  14. Thanks Kim! I usually go to Sherman Oaks East, but I didn’t expect it at a small one so I went to Glendale instead which didn’t have it :( Until next time, I made a sweeter version which I posted on my blog! Thanks for the recipe! http://bit.ly/9UxlZb

  15. Hi, Amy! The sweet version you made sounds awesome and looks so delicious!

  16. New to your blog–this looks beautiful and I can’t wait to try it! Anything with figs, balsamic, and puff pastry is immediately put on the top of my to-cook list, obviously.

  17. Thanks, Jen! I feel the same way – I could shorten the list to just puff pastry!

  18. This looks amazing! I love figs and Suzanne’s Just LIke Honey so this is totally rocking my world right now! :-)

  19. Thanks, Kristy! It’s really, really good, and actually not that hard to make. Hope you get a chance to try it!

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