(Above: The best bread in the Boston area is made at Bricco Panetteria, hidden down a short alleyway in Boston’s North End.)
The key to this simple recipe is to buy the best french bread available.
Although what passes as freshly baked baguettes at most chain supermarkets will work, try seeking out something better, perhaps at a locally-owned bakery in your neighborhood. I wrote an article for the Boston Globe on this bakery, which is truly special: the baker follows old-world and slow-cooking techniques to create the perfect loaf: crunchy on the outside and airy on the inside.
My friend Carol brought these to a potluck music party. They couldn’t be any easier to make, especially if you set it up so that guests make their own. Here’s the recipe:
Carol's Cheesy Fig Delights
- French bread, cut up into small rounds
- Fig jam
- Goat Cheese
- Step 1 Put jam and goat cheese in separate small bowls.
- Step 2 Put bread on a platter
- Step 3 Let guests make their own “delights” by spreading fig jam on bread and goat cheese on top.