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Fig, Gorgonzola & Honey Tartines

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartines _ © Helene Dujardin 2012

I just sat down with a tartine and a glass of wine and thought out loud "I wish I could just take the weekend off and smell the roses". To which my husband sent me an inquisitive look similar to asking "really? you would?!" Ah! No. He got me there. I don’t wish that at all. Even in the craziest of times when everything comes together in one giant "ca passe ou ca casse" bawoop, I still would not change anything.


Being able to shoot for awesome and kind clients is pure heaven. I beam. I constantly beam inside. I jump up and down in my head more times than humanly right. Creating is the best drug ever. Being able to do a job that allows you to constantly push your own limits, be diverse, work with a client’s vision and be in contact with amazing creative minds is just…{imagine jumping up and down in your head}.

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartines

One perk of the job that my husband really appreciates is the leftovers from a day spent at the studio shooting lots of recipes. I also send my assistants home with care packages and figure out ways to recycle leftovers the next day’s work lunch. There are days however when I have stared long enough in the eyes of a whole fish to want it for dinner. When a plate of ribs has been mulled so many times over that I don’t even want to look at it. I save, package, label and store.

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartines _ © Helene Dujardin 2012

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartines _ © Helene Dujardin 2012

There will be a time when the craving for that coconut and butternut squash soup will come back. But when it does not, I scavenge some goods from the day’s shoot and make a "nibble plate". My pups by my side and my feet up on the ottoman. More times than not, I end up scrambling together some tasty tartines and a side salad that Bill and I can share. I am never without an appetite but I appreciate the simplicity of a light dinner and a minute of silence.

Last week was no different when I found myself putting together the leftover of a shoot for some a pre-dinner tartines while noodling on social media for a minute. I thought we would have a couple each, a glass of wine and chill while I’d tackle dinner. Well, dinner never happened but a few savory sweet tartines surely did. Piled with gorgonzola, figs, a sprinkle of thyme and broiled just until the cheese would start melting. Some honey drizzled on top, a dash of pepper and we were in business.

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!

Fig & Gorgonzola Tartines _ © Helene Dujardin 2012

Fig, Gorgonzola and Honey Tartines:

Makes 8 tartines.

Note: for the gluten free baguette try this recipe. Anything my friend Jeanne Sauvage at Art Of Gluten Free Baking makes gluten free is AWESOME. She is the GF baking expert in my opinion. Her Gluten Free Baking For The Holidays cookbook is coming out this Fall and I can’t wait!

8 slices of bread (your choice – I went for gluten free baguette)
1/2 cup (4 oz) crumbled gorgonzola
8 figs, halved
1 teaspoon fresh chopped thyme
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste

Turn the oven to the broiler setting or 400F (my broiler has a tendency to start the fire alarm in the room so I usually turn the oven on its highest baking setting)

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Place the slices of bread in the pan. Top each slice with about a tablespoon of gogonzola. Top with two fig halves. Sprinkle a little thyme. Repeat for the remaining tartines. Salt and pepper to taste.
Bake or broil until the cheese starts to melt. Remove from the oven and drizzle each tartine with about a teaspoon of honey.
Serve at room temperature.

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Nika Hahalkina April 19, 2012 um 1:43 am

thank you for your work!
you are really inspire with your pics and recipes

AlishaHB April 19, 2012 um 1:46 am

This looks so delicious it makes my stomache cry out!

Jill Jones April 19, 2012 um 1:51 am

Thank you for posting this recipe! I have 3 fig "trees" in my yard and it looks like it's going to be a bumper crop this year. I can't wait to try this recipe. It looks divine!

Willow Arlen April 19, 2012 um 1:54 am

Beautiful, as always! And I second your sentement – in theory, I'd love to stop and smell the roses, but in actuality I enjoy the thrill of accomplishing things. When it comes to a nice relaxing evening, though… figs, gorgonzola, and honey might just be the perfect way to unwind!

Sarah Toasty April 19, 2012 um 2:07 am

oh wow, can you feel that food jealousy through the screen? love the combo of simple ingredients, beautiful!

Andy April 19, 2012 um 2:42 am

OMG. Yum.

Marina@Picnic at Marina April 19, 2012 um 3:15 am

Helene, what a great post! I 100% with you on " Creating is the best drug ever". The best part of it, there's never overdose! 🙂 I love tartines you've made. There is something magical happens in your brain when you take a bite of of gorgonzola and honey, such a great combination! and figs just add a juicy touch to it. Perfect!

Mother Rimmy April 19, 2012 um 3:15 am

I'm so sure that you've heard that your pictures are amazing. I've saved this recipe for my next dinner party. Fantastic.

Averie @ Averie Cooks April 19, 2012 um 3:32 am

awesome HEIGHT on a couple of those stacked shots.

beautiful pics for a great recipe. I love honey!

Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 19, 2012 um 4:10 am

So, so gorgeous and I can only imagine how great it must taste!

Barbara April 19, 2012 um 4:42 am

A lovely classic combination. I'd love these right now Helene.

Jimena April 19, 2012 um 5:32 am

This looks amazing!! I'm going to try this recipe… it must taste great!

Anonymous April 19, 2012 um 5:36 am

Beautiful photos.

Corriendo April 19, 2012 um 6:03 am

I LOVE your pictures–especially your cutting board one. beautiful…and i can imagine how delicious this must be. i've had something similar with fig preserves instead of fresh fig. i really want to try your version! thanks for sharing!

Emilia April 19, 2012 um 7:16 am

Those look amazing! And I am sure that they were! I tried your recipe on roasted garlic and tomates tarts and those were amazing!

Paulina April 19, 2012 um 7:30 am

you are very inspiring 🙂 Beautiful pictures and the food just looks om nom nom!
Have a lovely day 🙂

krewimleko April 19, 2012 um 8:11 am

What a great atmosphere's in these photos!
Delicious! 🙂

Tesei April 19, 2012 um 11:42 am

Oh my goodness, these look absolutely gorgeous!

baker in disguise April 19, 2012 um 12:01 pm

Oh my..all my fav ingredients.. beautiful photographs.. what a treat your post is!!!

tania@mykitchenstories April 19, 2012 um 12:04 pm

Beautiful, … sometimes we are just a bit tired.

Yami April 19, 2012 um 12:34 pm

Hi!, Thank you so much for sharing your amazing art work. I feel each day I follow in love more and more with your magical pictures.

Laurie April 19, 2012 um 1:49 pm

This looks unbelievably delicious!! Thank you so much for this recipe!!

Kaluz April 19, 2012 um 2:07 pm

I really like figs! but i had never tried them with cheese, so I'll try your tartines :)Your pictures are beautiful.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures April 19, 2012 um 2:08 pm

Seriously? These look DIVINE!!!

Maren April 19, 2012 um 2:23 pm

I love this! I could eat figs every day.

Denise April 19, 2012 um 3:28 pm

Lovely meal. This is one of my favorite combinations; I make a tart using the same ingredients. As you mention it is perfect when served along with a salad and the one you love. I have to say – I am jealous that you are finding figs out your way, already. We are in "sunny" California, and never can find them until July or August. Enjoy.

Judy April 19, 2012 um 4:09 pm

Just looking at these tartines makes my stomach grumble. Sadly, no good fresh figs here yet. Sigh.

Beth April 19, 2012 um 6:21 pm

Your photos are beautiful, of course, and that flavor combination sounds delicious. Mostly though, I so appreciate how your passion for what you do comes through full force in this post. You make me want to leave work, dash home, grab my camera and search out the best possible light (a constant problem for the 9-5 set). Still, it's getting lighter later now, which makes me life easier, and there are always the weekends. 🙂

dickaiello April 19, 2012 um 6:34 pm

Lovely, comforting photos, as always. Where did you find a gluten-free baguette? I have house guests coming and am doing a completely gluten-free weekend. I would love to have a great bread option.

Patrice April 19, 2012 um 6:45 pm

Oh my, looks both gorgeous and delicious. These may make an appearance at my next dinner party.

Kelly-Jane April 19, 2012 um 6:45 pm

Yum yum!

Helene April 19, 2012 um 8:05 pm

Denise: they were left over from a shoot I had for a Fall magazine feature so not local but that's one of the things we have to do to get the job done. They were surprisingly tasty for being a little out of season.

dickaiello: I added a note to the recipe giving you a link to a gluten free baguette recipe.


Jaime April 19, 2012 um 8:41 pm

Such gorgeous photos and scrumptious recipe! x

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet April 19, 2012 um 9:56 pm

My mouth is watering. What a delightful way to start a meal and end a day!

Rosabel April 20, 2012 um 12:39 am

Wow! Your pictures are amazing!! J'adore! I wonder what it would taste with Maple Syrup instead of honey (I am from Montreal and Maple Syrup is more and more used in our everyday recipes!)
I will try this out (just need to heat up the maple syrup to thicken it up) I use organic maple syrup (it tastes better). By the way Hélène, should you be looking for great Organic Maple Syrup, check out this site that I discovered lately and you'll be amazed! Merci de partager vos excellentes idées avec nous!

Jen Laceda | Milk Guides April 20, 2012 um 1:39 am

tartines are my favourite, as you can see!

Megan April 20, 2012 um 2:49 am

Beautiful! Can't wait to try it! I pinned this on Pinterest, so hopefully that will bring you lots of new followers.

Helene April 20, 2012 um 3:11 am

Megan: thank you but I feel the need to add that after 5 years blogging and 792 posts, getting followers is not what drives me to blog 🙂
I am touched by the pin though. Thanks!

Javelin Warrior April 20, 2012 um 4:22 am

Gorgeous presentation and I love the combination of toastiness with fig and honey. I guess this means I need to pick up some fresh figs 😉 I am featuring this post in today's Friday Food Fetish roundup (with a link-back and attribution), but please let me know if you have any objections. As always, it's a pleasure to be following your creations…

Liren April 20, 2012 um 6:00 am

Helene, you are tugging at my heartstrings here – I have such a soft spot for figs and cheese, drizzle with honey. It is seriously my most favorite snack ever, and I can't wait until I run into more figs at the market. Till then, I'm living vicariously through you. And also imagining what it's like to jump up an down all day in my head 🙂

Shelby April 20, 2012 um 6:47 am

the ultimate combination of crunchy toasted bread with the soft contrast of a delicate cheese and …figs! nature's gift 🙂 What a lovely post Helene, thank you!

Marta @ I love breakfast April 20, 2012 um 9:26 am

It looks amazing, I can almost taste it. Your pictures are simply great.

dearsafia April 20, 2012 um 10:42 am

these look delicious…i'm a big fan of tartines. thank's for sharing 🙂

follow back if you get a chance 🙂 From Cupcakes, With Love x

Sandie April 20, 2012 um 1:38 pm

fig and gorgonzola are one of my favorite combinations. I have actually made the exact same thing only I use it as a topping for pizza on the BBQ. Yum!!!

Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny April 20, 2012 um 7:11 pm

These are absolutely beautiful! I must say I just started reading your Plate to Pixel book last night and must have read for 3 hours, I couldn't put it down! Thank you so much for your inspiration!!!

Rocky Mountain Woman April 20, 2012 um 8:06 pm

A glass of wine, one of these sweet little numbers and an evening of good music…..

BriBriMX April 21, 2012 um 4:24 pm

ça a l'air terriblement succulent !!!
le livre, on peut se le procurer en france ?
Plate to pixel

Helene April 21, 2012 um 5:58 pm

BriBriMX: sur

Jann April 21, 2012 um 7:56 pm

always amazing what you do~you inspire so many!

Marion April 22, 2012 um 8:40 am

Your photos are so beautiful! I wish I was as talented 🙂

Love your blog too!

Nieves April 22, 2012 um 2:35 pm

Amazing photos and recipe!!! as usual… so simple so good so beautiful. Thanks!

Mikaela Cowles April 22, 2012 um 3:59 pm

Jumping for joy – LOVE IT! The other morning I jumped around my bedroom giving myself high fives. (No one else was around and God how I wish it was being secretly recorded.) Finding work that makes you feel this way is phenomenal. I absolutely love it!

The recipe's pretty bad ass too. Simple and delicious – just the thing for "taking a break" moments.

ChichaJo April 23, 2012 um 6:25 am

This is just gorgeous! How I wish I had access to fresh figs to do this. A good friend recently came back from Turkey though and gifted me with amazing dried figs…which I will soon be making into something like this!

Unknown April 23, 2012 um 7:08 am

this is so gorgeous, and your pictures are awesome! Great recipe!

Stephanie April 23, 2012 um 12:43 pm

I'm always on the lookout for great fig recipes…thanks for sharing!

Jenny @ BAKE April 23, 2012 um 12:50 pm

great photos!

krewimleko April 23, 2012 um 1:05 pm

Oh, I would eat it right now!:)

test it comm April 23, 2012 um 11:40 pm

These look and sound so amazingly good! This is one of my favourite flavour combinations!

Lavinià April 24, 2012 um 1:37 pm

oh so lovely <3

Jeanette April 24, 2012 um 4:45 pm

Oh! I just adore Figs!

Magalie poemas April 30, 2012 um 2:16 pm

I am very gald to prepare this night with my friends.. very easy

Sharina nitza September 23, 2012 um 12:33 am

Made this today so yummy so easy thanks!

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