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These pretty little morsels are perfect for a picnic or party.  They’re portable and they taste amazing served straight out of the oven or at room temperature.  This recipe makes 24 two-bite sized canapés, but you can adjust this number based on how large or small you make them.  These were delicious as is, but next time I make them I think I’ll experiment and add a sprinkle of something on the top…maybe powdered sugar or basil chiffonade?  Any other garnish suggestions?…I would love to hear them! 


I’m sending this recipe off to Kamran at The Sophisticated Gourmet for this week’s BSI…brown sugar!



Balsamic & Brown Sugar Fig Canapés

(Yield:  24 two-bite sized canapés)


2 fresh figs, diced

1 TB lightly packed brown sugar

1 TB balsamic vinegar

Dash salt and pepper

2 oz Havarti cheese, thinly sliced

1 sheet puff pastry

1 TB slivered almonds, toasted

Butter, to grease the pans


Preheat the oven to 400F.  In a small saucepan, add the figs, brown sugar, vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper; cook on medium-low heat for 6-8 minutes or the fig sauce until thickened.  Cut the pastry into 24 equal pieces (there’s no need to roll it out).  Lightly grease two baking pans with butter and arrange the pastry on the pans about 1” apart.  Top each pastry with a small amount of cheese, ½ tsp of fig sauce, and a sprinkle of slivered almonds.  Bake for 14 minutes (or until the pastry is light golden brown), rotating the pans after 7 minutes.




Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
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I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Saw your entry for the BSI Brown Sugar and had to see! I am not a fig fan but boy do these look fantastic! This is super creative and I’ll bet it tastes amazing!

  2. I love havarti. Blended with all those good flavors, this has to be good.

  3. That is such a GROWN UP dessert! Figs are so delicious, as is balsamic vin in sweet things.

  4. O..whata coincidence, I have a bowl of figs inside my fridge now, I’ll make this great recipe tomorrow, they look so delicious;)

  5. These are outstanding! What a terrific BSI entry! My MIL is giving me figs and I have been trying to figure out a yummy way to use them.

  6. A lovely combination of flavors! They look so tasty!

  7. A lovely use of fresh figs. This is my type of finger food!

  8. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Great use of brown sugar! These canapes look delightful! I love Havarti cheese here too!

  9. I wish I could try this! Too bad, we don’t have figs, I even have never tried figs except the dried ones and I had it once when I was in Turkey :)

  10. This is AMAZING!!! I just adore figs, and a single bite of this will swwooooon me into ecstasy!

  11. Mmmm, this looks (& sounds) really good. I’ve yet to try figs. Yes, I know and I call myself a food blogger. :(

    Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting!

  12. Dammit! I just had figs last week and I had to eat them in a hurry because they were going bad… next time I’ll make this recipe… I also happen to have a roll of pastry in the fridge that needs to be used!

  13. Heavenly Housewife says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I love these flavors!

  14. That’s looks yum and so nice clicks..just to grab n eat…gud ones

  15. I love figs, so these little treats would be right up my alley!!! Great job on them…;)

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