Fig Jam, Pecorino Romano and Apples

This sweet spread goes perfect with almost anything creamy, salty or savory.  Just add a dollop, sit back, and prepare to indulge in a rich delicious treat.


Fig Jam with Apples and Pecorino Romano

Fig Jam with Apples and Pecorino Romano

  • 6 Dried Figs, Halved
  • 1/2 Cup Simple Syrup (Recipe Below)
  • 2 Tbs Brandy
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Toasted Hazelnuts
  • 24 Baguette Slices (Optional)
  • 1/2 Cup Grated Pecorino Romano (Optional)
  • 1 Large Granny Smith Apple, Thinly Sliced Into 24 Slices
  • 1/4 Lb Block Pecorino Romano, Shaved Into 24 Pieces


If you don't already have simple syrup, make it by combining 1/2 cup water and 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes, until the sugar has dissolved.  Take pan off the heat and cool the syrup.  Once cooled measure out 1/2 cup and continue with recipe.  Note: Cooled syrup can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the figs, simple syrup, and brandy, and heat to a simmer.
  3. Turn off the heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Place the mixture and the hazelnuts in a food processor and blend until pureed.  Pour into a dish and set in the fridge until time to serve.

If you want to serve with baguette slices ...

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place the baguette slices on a heavy baking sheet, and top each slice with 1 teaspoon grated pecorino romano.
  3. Bake until toasted and the cheese is melted and golden, about 7 minutes.
  4. Top each slice of toast with 2 teaspoons of fig jam, a slice of apple and a piece of shaved pecorino romano.
  5. Transfer the toasts to a serving platter and serve.

Other options ...

  • Serve with just the apple and cheese by layering the fig jam between each.
  • Top baked brie with the fig jam and serve with crackers and bread.
  • Layer flat bread with cream cheese, and top with fig jam.
  • Serve with a selection of pâté.

Bottom line: Any way you use it, this fig jam rocks.