Prosciutto, Fig & Ricotta Bruschetta

Confession No 27: I’m not that into figs….

But this recipe curled my toes.

Before I go into my toe curling experience, I want to tell you that I’m not really a fig fan. They look gorgeous with their plump bodies and pink seedy lushness, but I’ve never really understood the fig adoration others seem to have. I think it’s the almost floral flavour and the soft pulpy texture that has put me off. Until now…..

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Determined to unlock the secret of figgy festiveness in March (figs are only around for about one month a year), I bought some figs. I walked around them, I smelled them, I squeezed them (gently) and I pondered. What to do with the figs…… And then it came to me: there needed to be saltiness to offset the floral sweetness, creaminess to offset the saltiness and crunch to give some texture.

Oh, and a little pepperiness to balance it out. But something was missing. Where was the va va voom? The special something that brings it all together and makes your toes curl? A syrup! A heady, spicy, sexy syrup was needed that paid homage to the exotic nature of the figs.

And so it was: toasted bruschetta with layers of salty prosciutto, creamy ricotta and gorgeous figs in a balsamic cardamom sugar syrup with a little rocket on the side. Toe curling, tongue tingling, eye rolling figgy ecstasy. Never again shall I scoff at figgy pudding, fig jam, fig biscotti or fig stew (alright I made that last one up). I have been converted. Next, I’m doing them with blue cheese; baked wrapped in prosciutto and stuffed with blue cheese. But that might have to wait until next March. You can have too much of a good thing you know….

Do you like figs? Is there a food that others love and you just don’t get?

Prosciutto, Fig & Ricotta Bruschetta

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