From time immortal certain food's come to mind when you hear the word aphrodisiacs. Oysters, Grapes, Chocolate, Artichokes, Honey, my personal favourite after Chocolate is Figs! Figs contain potassium, calcium, magnesium, Iron, copper and vitamin A&K. They are a mysterious fruit and strangely pollinated. Without going into detail, most of our figs are pollinated by spayed plant hormones, not wasps. The entire fruit is edible!
I never forgot watching a scene in the 1969 movie Women in Love where Alan Bates describes eating a fig. Mission, Celeste, and Brunswick are just a few of the verities. There ripe when gently squeezed and last about 3-4 days. Fig Jam is a good substitute if you can’t find fresh fruit in the shops. Taking a fresh fig, cutting it in half, dipping it half-way in chocolate and topping it with your favourite nut or a few pomegranate seeds is a unique treat. Here is another wonderful dish a Fig and Goat Cheese Crostini - which is a small toasted bread. Best served with a light rose or a pomegranate spritzer for a touch of red, the colour of Valentine's.
- 2Tbspolive oil
- 15 ozsoft goat cheesewith honey already added, if you can find it
- 1/4Cfig butter or fig jam
- Preheat oven to 350°. Slice your baguette into 1/2" diagonal slices. Cutting on a diagonal will give you more space for toppings and looks better. Place baguette slices on a baking sheet and either drizzle or brush olive oil on top of each one, just one side.
- Bake the baguette slices for 5-8 minutes, until the edges are slightly crisp and the center is still soft. They will get a light brown color.
- Whipping your goat cheese will make it creamy and easy to spread, rather than crumbly. Place your cheese into the bowl of a stand mixer or use a hand mixer to whip until creamy. About 1 minute. If you can't find goat cheese with honey already added, add 2 Tbsp of honey and then mix.
- Spread about 1 Tbsp of goat cheese onto each slice.
- Spread about 1 Tbsp of fig jam on top of the goat cheese.
- Place all your slices next to each other (in a square) and then drizzle honey all over. I like honey, so I used about 2 Tbsp, but you can use as much or as little as you like.
- Slice your mint leaves into little long pieces and place evenly on top of your fig jam. Don't skip this step! The mint really sends this over the edge and gives this a fresh taste.