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.





62 responses to “Fig, Gorgonzola & Honey Tartines”

  1. Nika Hahalkina Avatar
    Nika Hahalkina

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

  2. AlishaHB Avatar

    This looks so delicious it makes my stomache cry out!

  3. Jill Jones Avatar
    Jill Jones

    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!

  4. Willow Arlen Avatar
    Willow Arlen

    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!

  5. Sarah Toasty Avatar
    Sarah Toasty

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

  6. Marina@Picnic at Marina Avatar
    Marina@Picnic at Marina

    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!

  7. Mother Rimmy Avatar
    Mother Rimmy

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

  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks Avatar
    Averie @ Averie Cooks

    awesome HEIGHT on a couple of those stacked shots.

    beautiful pics for a great recipe. I love honey!

  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen Avatar
    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen

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

  10. Barbara Avatar

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

  11. Jimena Avatar

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

  12. Anonymous Avatar

    Beautiful photos.

  13. Corriendo Avatar

    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!

  14. Emilia Avatar

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

  15. Paulina Avatar

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

  16. krewimleko Avatar

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

  17. Tesei Avatar

    Oh my goodness, these look absolutely gorgeous!

  18. baker in disguise Avatar
    baker in disguise

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

  19. tania@mykitchenstories Avatar

    Beautiful, … sometimes we are just a bit tired.

  20. Yami Avatar

    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.

  21. Laurie Avatar

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

  22. Kaluz Avatar

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

  23. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Avatar
    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    Seriously? These look DIVINE!!!

  24. Maren Avatar

    I love this! I could eat figs every day.

  25. Denise Avatar

    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.

  26. Judy Avatar

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

  27. Beth Avatar

    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. 🙂

  28. dickaiello Avatar

    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.

  29. Patrice Avatar

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

  30. Kelly-Jane Avatar

    Yum yum!

  31. Helene Avatar

    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.


  32. Jaime Avatar

    Such gorgeous photos and scrumptious recipe! x

  33. Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet Avatar

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

  34. Rosabel Avatar

    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!

  35. Jen Laceda | Milk Guides Avatar
    Jen Laceda | Milk Guides

    tartines are my favourite, as you can see!

  36. Megan Avatar

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

  37. Helene Avatar

    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!

  38. Javelin Warrior Avatar
    Javelin Warrior

    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…

  39. Liren Avatar

    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 🙂

  40. Shelby Avatar

    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!

  41. Marta @ I love breakfast Avatar
    Marta @ I love breakfast

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

  42. dearsafia Avatar

    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

  43. Sandie Avatar

    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!!!

  44. Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny Avatar
    Kelly | Eat Yourself Skinny

    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!!!

  45. Rocky Mountain Woman Avatar
    Rocky Mountain Woman

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

  46. BriBriMX Avatar

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

  47. Helene Avatar

    BriBriMX: sur

  48. Jann Avatar

    always amazing what you do~you inspire so many!

  49. Marion Avatar

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

    Love your blog too!

  50. Nieves Avatar

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

  51. Mikaela Cowles Avatar
    Mikaela Cowles

    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.

  52. ChichaJo Avatar

    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!

  53. Unknown Avatar

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

  54. Stephanie Avatar

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

  55. Jenny @ BAKE Avatar
    Jenny @ BAKE

    great photos!

  56. krewimleko Avatar

    Oh, I would eat it right now!:)

  57. test it comm Avatar
    test it comm

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

  58. Lavinià Avatar

    oh so lovely <3

  59. Jeanette Avatar

    Oh! I just adore Figs!

  60. Magalie poemas Avatar
    Magalie poemas

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

  61. Sharina nitza Avatar
    Sharina nitza

    Made this today so yummy so easy thanks!

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