Miss me?? Well I have certainly missed making food and sharing it with the world. I am finally moved out of Grey Gardens and (mostly) unpacked in my new place. Plus, I can cross another item off of my 101 list. One of my goals on the list was to live alone and I have finally done just that. Yay! Man, it's been so long since I have posted a recipe here I forgot how long it took to compose a recipe post so bear with me today. The other day I finally got to meet someone I have been wanting to see in person for a long time. I first discovered Mary's blog last year when she posted these cupcakes. I left a comment on that post and we have been commenting and Tweeting ever since. When Mary suggested meeting at the farmers market, I jumped at the opportunity. I was so bummed I didn't get to go to BlogHer Food a couple of weeks ago so any chance I get to meet other food bloggers, I try to make it happen. Well let me tell you, Mary is just awesome!! I felt like I was chatting with an old friend. Plus, she got to meet salad boy so you know I haven't just been making him up! :)
Anyway, on to this tart. Mary and I shared a basket of figs. Even though Grey Gardens had a huge fig tree in the backyard, I never got to enjoy the bounty. I think the gardener was stealing them for himself. I had planned on making this tart months ago and when last month's Daring Bakers challenge was puff pastry, I wanted to do this as the filling, but I still haven't gotten around to making that yet. I plan on it though, so stay tuned. This tart. My goodness it is incredible. It's a simple and classic combination that just tastes so good. The salty cheese and bacon were a wonderful back drop to the buttery pastry and mellow sweetness of the figs. I had originally planned on doing a drizzle of honey or a balsamic reduction, but I kind of forgot until after the fact and honestly, it didn't really need it in the end. I could have (and almost did) eaten all of these tarts in one sitting. I'm so excited to be back in the kitchen and once I recover from my move expenses, I hope to be sharing recipes on a more regular basis.
Fig Bacon and Gorgonzola Tart
Makes 4 servings
1 sheet puff pastry, cut into 4 squares
Handful of figs, cut in half
4 slices bacon, chopped
1-2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
Honey for drizzling (optional)
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon of water for egg wash
In a large skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp. Meanwhile, score each piece of puff pastry so that there is a one-inch border around. Prick the inside of the square with a fork all around.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Arrange the figs in a single layer over the puff pastry. Brush the exposed edges of the pastry with egg wash. Bake 15-20 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden. Sprinkle the top with bacon and the crumbled Gorgonzola. Serve warm.