Une Petite Douceur
Sometimes, you’re just in the mood for a little something sweet.
You could satisfy that craving with a frothy frappe from the nearest coffee shop, perhaps, or a black and white cookie from the corner deli.In a pinch, you could even have some bread with jam.
I would have been happy with any or all of those sweet solutions until I met Severine Trannoy, an elegant Frenchwoman who thinks nothing of making her own gnocchi or going to a small neighborhood bakery just to purchase croissants.
She introduced me to these mouth-watering morsels one rainy afternoon and let’s just say, I may never be satisfied with a Fig Newton again.
Fig French Kisses
Wash and dry two small, fresh figs.
Cut them in half.
Put a small piece of goat or feta cheese on each half.
Sprinkle with a little salt and a little pepper.
Garnish with fresh thyme.
Add a drop or two of walnut or olive oil.
Finish with a drizzle of honey on each slice.
Arrange in a glass baking dish and roast at 275 degrees until the cheese begins to bubble and melt.
These luscious treats are as uncomplicated to make as a piece of cinnamon toast, but as rich and gooey as a Cadbury Caramello. They’re also versatile.You could serve them to guests at a dinner party as easily as you could pass them around at a backyard family barbecue.
One taste and you’ll know why the French invented the phrase Mon Dieu.