Love to watch the TV series Downton Abbey. The Buds (friends) gather to watch the show each Sunday night.
Before this season of Downton Abbey began, excellent cook Nancy (also a Downton Abbey fan) sent me an email that had a menu and recipes for a Downton Abbey Premier Party from Food 52. Several of the recipes intrigued me, and I have been wanting to make them. I especially wanted to make the Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries. (I love the word savouries, and when you spell it with a “u” it is so British.) Blue cheese and figs just seem to go together. I made these for our gathering tonight, and Sweet Mother of Pearl – they are good. Not only are they good, they are easy to make.
There are only five ingredients – flour, butter, blue cheese, fig preserves, and pepper. (Next time I am going to use fresh ground pepper.)
Put all the ingredients in a food processor, and mix until crumbly. At this point, you will not believe this will come together and make the dough. Trust me. It will come together, but I can not explain how. The original directions said the mixture would begin to form a ball. Mine did not, but it did come together on the dough board. Maybe next time it will form a ball.
Dump (I couldn’t think of a better way to say it) the crumbly/ball mixture onto the dough board and kneed several times until it comes together.
Roll out the dough using a floured rolling pin. I rolled the dough out a little more after this picture to get it even.
Using a small floured cutter, (A round cutter will work. I used this square one just because.) cut out the dough. Then make an indention with your knuckle or a 1/2 teaspoon in the center of each one.
Put a small amount of fig preserves into the middle of each indention. You have to use your finger as best you can to push the preserves into the indentions.
Bake the dough until the preserves are bubbling and the savories are slightly brown on the bottom. Your home will smell divine. Cool in the baking pan at least 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
Oh, my. I like them. I love them. They are yummy delicious. The blue cheese wasn’t strong, and the fig preserves add just enough sweetness. A perfect combination. The recipe mentions that you can make these a day ahead of time, but I doubt they would last that long.
Looking forward to serving these Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries at a tea party.
Fig and Blue Cheese Savouries
By January 21, 2013Published:
- Yield: 3 dozen
- Cook: 10-15 mins
A delicious blue cheese cracker with fig preserves.
- 1/2 cups butter 1 stick; room temperature
- 1 cups flour
- 4 ounces blue cheese crumbled
- dash black pepper
- 3 tablespoons fig preserves You may need more.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking liner.
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, butter, blue cheese, and black pepper. Mix until dough begins to form a ball. (Mine was still crumbly.)
- Dump ball/crumbly mixture on a dough board and kneed a few times (about 5) until dough comes together.
- Using a floured rolling pin, roll dough to 1/8 in thickness.
- Using a 1-inch floured cutter, cut the dough into rounds. (or what ever shape you like.)
- In the center of each dough round, make an indention with your knuckle or the back of a 1/2 teaspoon.
- Fill each indention with about 1/4 teaspoon of the fig preserves. Use your finger to push the preserves as best as possible into the indentions.
- Bake 10 - 15 minutes at 350 degrees until preserves are bubbling and the bottom of the dough is slightly browned.
- Let cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
- These can be made a day ahead of time. Enjoy!