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September 10, 2018

Fig Goat Cheese Flatbread

With a grilled crust, this colorful fig goat cheese flatbread is topped with sliced fresh figs, baby arugula, walnuts, crumbled goat cheese and herbs.

With a grilled crust, this colorful fig goat cheese flatbread is topped with sliced fresh figs, baby arugula, walnuts, crumbled goat cheese and herbs.

Fig Goat Cheese Flatbread

My purse is never without a spiral notebook and a pencil.

Not a pen. A pencil–I know I am picky.

Having an eraser is key to coming up with ideas. Things are always evolving for me especially when it comes to food shopping.

On the pages of my notebook are scribbles with recipes and shopping lists of what I am hoping to buy.

But you never can count on the grocery having absolutely everything you need.

Fresh figs are an ingredient I jot down with an even lighter touch because it’s so iffy that such a fragile fruit will be in stock

Depending on the season, certain times of year the odds are better than others.

On my last trip I got lucky and picked up a tiny carton of precious figs.

Of course I felt like I hit the jackpot.

I love figs in salads and grain bowls, but this time I put in a little more work and made a fig goat cheese flatbread.

And it felt like the appropriate homage to this fruit.

How To Make A Fig Goat Cheese Flatbread

First I start with the dough. There is nothing difficult about making flatbread or pizza dough.

It’s only a mix of yeast, water, olive oil, a touch of sugar, flour and salt.

You just have to allow a couple hours for it to rise.

After waiting, I fire up the grill and roll out the dough.

The dough goes straight on the grates as it cooks. My goal is good grill marks on both sides.

The Toppings

Once the crust is finished on the grill, I get to assembly. I brush it with olive oil.

Then I arrange sliced fresh figs over the flatbread leaving a border at the edges.

Next I lightly sprinkle on crumbled goat cheese, baby arugula and walnuts making sure that the figs are still showing.

Finally, I top the fig goat cheese flatbread with chives, flaky sea salt and black pepper.

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Fig Goat Cheese Flatbread

Fig Goat Cheese Flatbread

  • Author: Paige Adams
  • Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 12-inch flatbread 1x

With a grilled crust, this colorful fig goat cheese flatbread is topped with sliced fresh figs, baby arugula, walnuts, crumbled goat cheese and herbs.

Ingredients

For dough

2/3 cup warm water

1/2 teaspoon dry active yeast

1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon olive oil plus more for bowl

11/2 cups bread flour plus more for work surface

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

For flatbread

2 teaspoons olive oil

1012 fresh figs, sliced

1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1 handful baby arugula

1 teaspoon minced chives

1/4 teaspoon flaky sea salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

For the dough, combine the water, yeast, sugar and olive oil and let stand for 5 minutes until foamy. In a large bowl, mix together the flour and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until it forms a shaggy dough.  Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic. (Alternatively, the dough can be mixed in the bowl of a stand mixer using a dough hook.)

Gather the dough into a ball, transfer to an oiled bowl and cover. Place the bowl in a warm spot to allow the dough to rise until it has doubled in size, about 2 hours.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Place the dough directly on the grates and grill for 3 minutes with the lid closed until the crust has grill marks and has puffed up. Turn over the crust and grill for an additional 2 minutes.

Remove the crust from the grill. Brush with olive oil and arrange the figs in a single layer leaving a 1/2-inch border at the edge. Scatter the walnuts, goat cheese and arugula on top. Sprinkle with chives, sea salt and pepper before serving.

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