Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 1 sheet puff pastry , thawed if frozen (half of a 17 1/4-ounce package)

  2. 1 large egg white, beaten

  3. 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  5. 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  6. 1/2 cup Ruby Port

  7. 1/2 vanilla bean , split lengthwise in

  8. 2 cups black Mission figs, stems removed and cut in

  9. 1/2 vertically

  10. 1 cup heavy cream

  11. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  12. 4 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Cover the puff pastry with a slightly damp kitchen cloth and bring to room temperature.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a 1/8-inch thickness. Using a 3-inch round cutter dipped in flour, cut into 8 portions. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the pastry with the egg white. Combine 1 teaspoon of the granulated sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle evenly over the pastry. Cover with a sheet of parchment paper and top with a second baking sheet.

  4. Bake until lightly browned and cooked through, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  5. Combine the vinegar, Port, 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar and the vanilla bean and seeds in a small saucepan . Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the mixture is thick and syrupy, 12 to 15 minutes. Add the figs, turning to coat evenly, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Discard the vanilla bean pods.

  6. Beat the cream in a medium bowl until soft peaks form. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar and the vanilla extract , and beat until stiff peaks form.

  7. To assemble, place a small dollop of whipped cream in the center of each of 4 plates. Top with 1 pastry round and a dollop of whipped cream. Divide the figs evenly among the rounds, reserving 4 halves for garnish . Top with the remaining pastry rounds and whipped cream, and garnish with the fig halves. Dust with confectioners’ sugar and serve.


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