Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts

Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 6
Melted cheese pairs beautifully with baked figs and walnut in this easy baked dish. It's great as a cheese course or sharing starter

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal295
  • fat18g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre2g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.6g
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Ingredients

  • 6-12 ripe figs
    Fig

    Fig

    fig

    Although not juicy, the fig is an incredibly luscious fruit, with a delicate aroma and sweet…

  • 2 tbsp good sherry vinegar
  • 100ml red wine (or red grape juice)
  • 50g walnut halves
  • 4 thyme sprigs, broken up a little bit
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 whole round blue brie or camembert (we used Cote Hill Blue from paxtonandwhitfield.co.uk, or try President Le Bleu)
  • crusty baguette, to serve

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut a cross in the tops of the figs nearly, but not quite, all the way down to the bottom, and pinch the bases. Sit in a baking dish or roasting tin (big enough so the figs can sit in a single layer with the whole cheese) cut-side up, but don’t put the cheese in yet.

  2. Mix together the vinegar and wine or grape juice with some seasoning, and pour all over the figs. Scatter over the walnuts and thyme. Finally, drizzle over the honey. Bake for 15-20 mins until the figs start to become soft and sticky.

  3. Tuck the whole cheese in among the figs and put back in the oven for a final 5 mins. Lift the dish straight to the table and serve with lots of crusty bread to scoop up the molten cheese.

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fairystoryteller
30th Sep, 2016
5.05
This makes a lovely indulgent starter which is dead easy to put together. I use classic camembert which works fine and balsamic vinegar because I always have it in the cupboard. Pecan nuts go well instead of walnuts.
antoniawalls
8th May, 2015
Cooked this last night for a starter for an election night themed dinner party starter ( blue - conservative). Absolutely delicious though very filling and rich - follow with a very light main! Only trouble was trying to buy whole blue cheese. Searched in three suoermarkets and a specialist cheesemonger. All said that it is something they only stock at Christmas or to order in advance. In the end I bought a huge wedge of Cambazola which is like a blue Brie. So good with the walnuts and figs - the big wedge did need longer in the oven though - about 15 mins until fully melted and gooey.
SamanthaHannah
24th Nov, 2014
Served this for me and my boyfriend as a mid day snack as I had a day off work and fancied treating us. Went down a storm. Was so easy to do and boyfriend was so impressed by it as it was a bit different to our usual fare. Yummy flavours and a lovely warming dish. Great for sharing and totally satisfying!
lorens_pin
4th Oct, 2014
5.05
Delicious Saturday super - sweet, fruity and sticky goodness. And sophisticated enough to serve it for friends or family at special occasions. A true winner!
KsenijaB
25th Sep, 2014
5.05
A delicious dinner that is ready in minutes. Balsamico instead of cherry vinegar worked well.
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