Fennel + Fig Make Ahead Quiche Recipe

Brunch well with make ahead quiche. Thinly shaved fennel and plump fig morsels mix with goat cheese in our crustless make ahead quiche recipe.

This make ahead quiche recipe is a guide map to a host of other quiche combinations. A traditional Lorraine of bacon, and Gruyere with a twist of Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Fig morsels would be lovely here too, but what we really love about this make ahead quiche is how you can bake it the day before a brunch or holiday breakfast and then slice and warm it up the nest morning with fresh cups of coffee. Fennel and California Golden Figs come alive when sautéed in brown butter and white pepper adds a subtle heat. One thing to note, we pump up the heat high at first to kick-start the cooking, setting the edges of the quiche and adding a touch of color. Turning the heat down then allows the quiche to continue cooking until set in the middle.

Fennel + Fig Make Ahead Quiche Recipe

Course Breakfast
Servings 8 slices

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, cored and thinly shaved or sliced (reserve fronds)
  • 9 ounces (1 1/2 cups) Blue Ribbon Orchard or Sun-Maid California Golden Figs, stemmed and sliced lengthwise, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 ounces Parmesan cheese, freshly grated, divided
  • 2 tablespoons fennel fronds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Mist a pie pan with cooking spray or lightly grease.

  2. Brown butter in a skillet set over medium heat, whisking and keeping an eye on the butter to ensure it doesn’t burn—butter will smell nutty and be the color of hazelnuts when it’s done. Toss in fennel, 1 cup sliced figs, 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt, and white pepper. Cook until fennel softens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.

  3. Meanwhile, lightly beat eggs. Whisk in milk and cream with remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Stir in 3/4 of the grated Parmesan, reserving the rest. Add in figs and fennel, stirring to combine. Pour into prepared pie plate. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan on top.

  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Then, turn heat down to 375°F and remove quiche from the oven to scatter fennel fronds and dot remaining fig slices on top. Immediately place it back in the oven to cook for 20 minutes, covering with foil at the 15-minute mark if the top is golden. Quiche is done when set and the middle doesn’t jiggle. Cool for 5 minutes before tipping onto a serving plate, slicing and eating.

Brunch well with make ahead quiche. Thinly shaved fennel and plump fig morsels mix with goat cheese in our crustless make ahead quiche recipe.

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Pistachio Fig Coins with Rosewater Recipe

The best rosewater recipes add in the aromatic subtly, like our Pistachio Fig Coins with rosewater recipe. You process the ingredients into a roll that gets chilled and sliced into coins. They’re perfect for Nowruz celebrations or with tea.

The Iranian New Year, known as Nowruz, falls on March 21 at the Spring equinox. The holiday is all about fresh starts, the reawakening of nature, and encouraging good things like abundance, fertility, good health, and sweetness in the coming year. At Nowruz it’s customary to serve and gift small sweets, known as shirini, which are typically enjoyed with a glass of hot black tea. With their fragrant hint of rosewater and cardamom, these coins would be perfect on a New Year platter or serve a plate of these Persian desserts at teatime.

This dessert calls for both rose petals and rosewater, ingredients used frequently in Persian cuisine, both for their delicate floral flavor and striking appearance. A little goes a long way in rosewater recipes, so you’ll find this adds just enough rose essence. While rosewater is available at many Whole Foods markets, culinary grade rose petals are mostly found in Middle Eastern and Indian grocery stores, tea shops, and online; if you can’t find them you can make the pistachio crust with just the nuts and powdered sugar, but the rose and Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs are the stars in this rosewater recipe.

Pistachio Fig Coins with Rosewater Recipe

Course Dessert
Servings 50 (1-inch) coins

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, toasted and salted, plus extra for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons dried culinary rose petals, plus extra for garnish (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour
  • 4 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed

Instructions

Make the Coating for the Coins

  1. In a food processor, combine the powdered sugar, pistachios, and cardamom, and pulse to form a coarse meal. Add the rose petals and pulse a few times, until the petals are broken down slightly but you can still see shreds of pink. Transfer to a sealed jar until ready to use.

Make the Pistachio Fig Coins

  1. Place the almond butter, almond flour, dates, rose water, and salt in the food processor and pulse until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides with a spatula as needed. Add the California Figs and pulse a few times until they’re just broken down but the mixture still has a firm, springy texture. Transfer to a clean work surface.

  2. Divide the fig dough into two equal size balls. With lightly oiled hands, roll each ball into a compact log 7” long by 1” in diameter. Chill the logs in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight, before slicing.

  3. Spread the coating in a rimmed dish. Using a serrated knife, slice the logs into ¼-inch thick coins. Working in batches, toss the coins in the coating until they are completely covered on both sides.

  4. Arrange the coins on a platter. Coarsely chop a spoonful of the extra pistachios and sprinkle them on top. Take a generous pinch of the extra rose petals and crush them in your palms over the platter. Serve with hot black tea.

  5. Store the coins in a parchment-lined cookie tin along with any extra coating, so you can quickly touch them up before serving.

Make the coin filling the night before, so it firms up and can be easily sliced into rounds before tossing in the pistachio crust. The coins store well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but the white appearance of the powdered sugar will fade, so keep extra powdered sugar on hand for a quick touch-up.

Recipe and photo by Louisa Shafia

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Almond Roulade with Sweet Fig Paste Recipe

Baking a cake with almond flour adds flavor to roulade. If you’ve never made a roll cake, it’s easy and best filled with our sweet fig paste recipe.

An almond roulade is another name for an almond roll cake made with almond flour. Instead of buying the almond flour, you can easily make it at home in your food processor. There’s no flour used, so the roulade is a naturally gluten-free dessert. Try this recipe for your next event and perhaps even as a buche de Noel for Christmas (with mushrooms made of meringue).

This recipe may look complicated, but all the steps are easy! Make the sweet fig paste recipe with our Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid mission figs a day or two ahead of making the cake. While the cake is baking and cooling, make the mascarpone cream and chocolate glaze. You can even make the entire dessert a day ahead – cover and chill.

For a clean platter, line your plate or platter with parchment or wax paper, top with the rolled cake and then cover with the chocolate glaze. Remove the paper before serving.  

Almond Roulade with Sweet Fig Paste Recipe

Course Dessert

Ingredients

Sweet Fig Paste Recipe

  • 1 package (8-ounce) Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice Mission Figlets, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • Pinch of Salt

Almond Roulade

  • 1 1/2 cups blanched almonds, lightly toasted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 6 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

Mascarpone Cream

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) mascarpone
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered (confectioners’) sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Glaze

  • 4 ounces (60%) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Pinch of Salt

Instructions

Make Sweet Fig Paste Recipe

  1. In a saucepan, combine figs, orange juice, granulated sugar, zest and salt. Cover and bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover and continue to cook for another 8 to 10 minutes or until figs are soft and 1/4 cup juice remains. Remove from heat and cool. Spoon into a blender or food processor; whirl to a smooth paste. This fig paste recipe can be made up to 2 days ahead. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Make Almond Roulade

  1. In food processor bowl, combine almonds, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and cornstarch. Pulse until almonds are finely ground. Set aside.

  2. Adjust oven rack to middle position. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a large 11-x-17-inch rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

  3. In a large, clean mixing bowl, combine egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and almond extract; continue beating until stiff peaks form. With a spatula, gently fold in almond mixture. Spread in an even layer on parchment-lined sheet.

  4. Bake on middle oven rack for 18 to 20 minutes or until top is dry and color is light golden. Cool in pan on wire rack. While cake cools make Mascarpone Cream and Chocolate Glaze.

Make Mascarpone Cream

  1. Combine mascarpone and salt in a bowl. Beat with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. While mixing, slowly pour in cream. Add powdered sugar and increase speed to medium; beat until soft peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Cover and chill.

Make Chocolate Glaze

  1. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl. Bring the cream and salt to a simmer. Slowly stir the hot cream into the melted chocolate and stir until smooth. Cool.

Assemble Roll Cake

  1. Cover cake with a piece of parchment; invert onto a large flat cutting board or (or inverted baking pan the same size as the baked cake). Remove the baking pan and very carefully peel the parchment away from the cake. Spread the fig paste evenly on cake. Top with the mascarpone cream. Starting at one of the short ends, roll up cake around the filling. Place, seam side down, on a platter. Spread the chocolate glaze over the cake. Chill until ready to serve or up to 1 day ahead of serving. To serve, cut roulade into slices.

Recipe and photos by Lorelle del Matto

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Chocolate Fig Mille-Crepes Cake

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

If you’ve never made a mille-crepes cake before, the good news is that even a beginning baker can pull off this stunning dessert. The idea behind this crepe cake recipe started with buckwheat crepes, also known as a galette, traditional from the Brittany area of France. With buckwheat as the main ingredient, they don’t use any wheat and are naturally gluten-free. That’s a plus in our book since it means more kinds of eaters can enjoy it. If you’re not up for making the whole crepe cake recipe right now, you can make the buckwheat crepes and fig hazelnut ganache for a decadent breakfast.

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

Sandwiching the layers of the mille-crepes cake is a mission fig hazelnut ganache you will want to spoon on everything! Trust us, we tried it on toast, swirled into yogurt and even spread it on sliced bananas. It’s like Nutella’s grown-up cooler cousin because the Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice and Sun-Maid California Figs really ramp up the flavor. We are always open to chocolate and fig desserts but this is our new favorite! It looks harder to make than it is. Like the first pancake which is usually the experiment / trial run, the swirling of the crepe batter takes practice, but you get a lot of opportunities to practice with this cake. Plus, if you have a few crepes that don’t look perfect, they will all get covered with the fig hazelnut chocolate ganache, so no one has to know and you can put less than perfect crepes at the bottom or in the middle of the stack.

Plan ahead for this crepe cake recipe: since there is no gluten in buckwheat and buckwheat isn’t great at binding, the batter needs to cure in the refrigerator, letting all the ingredients meld and chill for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. A small slice of this mille-crepes cake is all you need since this cake is rich. You can also garnish it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and extra roughly chopped hazelnuts and mission figs.

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

Chocolate Fig Mille-Crepes Cake

Course Dessert
Servings 10 slices

Ingredients

Cocoa Buckwheat Crepes

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Fig Hazelnut Ganache

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces stemmed and quartered Blue Ribbon Orchard Figs (1 cup)
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate bars, chopped (or feves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts (plus more for garnish if desired)

Instructions

Make the Mille-Crepes Cake

  1. Heat the milk, whisking in cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar until combined over medium low heat for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally until combined and warm. Cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Using a whisk or fork and bowl, or blender, combine the buckwheat flour, salt, butter, eggs, and warm cocoa milk together until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill the batter for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.

  3. When ready to make the crepes, whisk 1/2 cup water into the batter. Place a large dinner plate or sheet pan on the stovetop next to where you will be cooking.

  4. Set an 8-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Drop a small knob of unsalted butter into the pan, swiping around the sides with a paper towel to coat the bottom. Turn the heat down to medium low. Taking the pan off the heat, pour and swirl in 3 tablespoons but no more than 1/4 cup batter into the pan, tilt and swirl off the heat spreading the batter over itself in the middle until the batter stops moving. Place the pan back on the stovetop and cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds or when the top looks more dry and the edges have begun to release from the sides of the pan. Nudge a flexible spatula underneath and flip, cooking on the other side for 30 seconds. Place the crepes in a stack on the plate or sheet pan. Repeat until you’ve cooked all the batter.

Make the Fig Hazelnut Ganache

  1. Place the cream and California Mission Figs in a small saucepan set over medium low heat, for about 5 minutes. Tumble the chopped chocolate or chocolate feves into a medium sized bowl. Place a strainer on top of the bowl and pour the cream through the strainer onto the chocolate below. Ignore the cream and chocolate for 3 minutes. Transfer the figs from the strainer to a food processor along with the salt and hazelnuts. Stir together the cream and chocolate until smooth. Then, transfer to the food processor. Process until smooth.

Assemble the Mille-Crepes Cake

  1. Place a crepe on a cake stand or whatever surface you plan on presenting it. Select your 20 best crepes. Using an offset spatula, spread about 2 tablespoons evenly across the crepe. Top with another crepe. Continue the crepe and ganache layers until you’ve used up all the crepes. Dollop and spread the rest of the ganache on top of the cake. You can scatter chopped toasted hazelnuts on top or slices of dried mission figs. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Vegetarian Tagine with Quinoa

During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

This easy, comforting Moroccan vegetarian tagine recipe is perfect as a quick weeknight or weekend lunch or dinner entree. The dish is incredibly versatile and goes great paired with quinoa or couscous and can be topped with a whole range of herbs, seeds, and dried fruits (Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Mission Dried Figs are a must in this dish). My personal favorite way to enjoy this vegetarian tagine is with plant-based yogurt pomegranate seeds, parsley, and pumpkin seeds on top. You can easily substitute the sweet potatoes for Russet potatoes for a delicious meal. The dish is best served hot and keeps well for several days in a sealed container.

If the Northern African blend of chiles and spices, harissa, is new for you, it comes often in two forms: powdered and as a paste. You can easily make a paste from the powdered spice by whisking it with a bit of oil and water. The recipe below calls for the powder, available in most grocery stores or at your favorite spice shop online or in town.

During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

Vegetarian Tagine with Quinoa

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon harissa spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or broth of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 heaping cup chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission Figs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • Handful fresh parsley leaves

To Serve

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium for 1-2 minutes. Add onions, increase heat to medium, and saute for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

  2. Add garlic and the rest of the chopped veggies. Season with salt and spices. Toss to combine. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring regularly.

  3. Add broth, tomatoes, and California Figs and season with a dash of sea salt.

  4. Keep the heat on medium-high and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for another 20 to 25 minutes or until veggies are tender. Stir in chickpeas and cook another 5 minutes on low heat. Stir in lemon juice and fresh parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt or harissa spice blend to your liking.

  5. Transfer to serving bowls with a large scoop of quinoa and top with the suggested items from pumpkin seeds to fresh parsley according to your liking. Get creative and have fun!

Recipes and photos by Carolyn Vinnicombe

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During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Today we have a wonderful recipe for you, Instant Pot Rice Pudding with California Figs! Grandma-made fantastic rice pudding. Sweet and so thick and creamy, you had to use a fork to eat it. She put in all kinds of different dried fruits, depending on what she had on hand, but we loved figs best.

Cooking dried figs in instant pot rice pudding adds extra sweetness to this comforting dessert.

Rice pudding is a nostalgic, good old-fashioned treat, comforting and delicious served either warm or cold. Decadent in flavor already, adding Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice California Figs takes this dish completely over the top! To make it even easier, we’ve created this recipe specifically for an electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding is the easiest way to make this classic comforting dessert.

California Figs add a beautiful texture to every creamy bite of this rice pudding! They offer lovely bursts of flavor, and are rich in valuable minerals and vitamins. It is the best of both worlds – a luscious dessert and healthy component to balance it.

Have you heard everyone talking about electric pressure cookers or Instant Pots? Are you intrigued? This recipe may be nostalgic, but an instant pot is definitely not your grandmother’s pressure cooker. They have built-in safety features that make it a breeze to use and who doesn’t love that? And, if you’ve never made instant pot rice, you’ll be thrilled to see it’s ready in a snap.

Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook will be your trusty guide to making easy gluten-free meals in the instant pot.

How do we know? We wrote a cookbook about it that’s now out in stores. In The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook, we introduce you to how to use an Instant Pot with a comprehensive collection of gluten-free recipes designed for all kinds of electric pressure cookers. Our aim is to help those who cannot eat gluten make their own traditional favorite recipes in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This book will help you safely and easily cook gluten-free dishes for your family and friends, creating nearly effortless and delicious meals everyone will love.

There are not a lot of books that specifically address the gluten-free Instant Pot community and this one fills that niche. With each recipe, you’ll find recommendations for brands we have found that are gluten-free and work well under pressure. With a wide variety of alternate grains to use in place of wheat or barley, you will find many new delicious options to add to your dinner table, including this recipe for classic Rice Pudding, perfect for a cozy night indoors.

Instant pot rice pudding is an easy way to make a dessert that's perfect in the winter months.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Course Dessert
Servings 6 servings
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and halved
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the figs with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to plump. NOTE: If using juice or other liquid to plump the figs, you do not need to boil the liquid. Just cover and soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

  2. To Make the Rice Pudding

  3. Combine rice, sugar, salt, and milk in the inner pot of your electric pressure cooker.

  4. Press sauté on your electric pressure cooker and bring contents to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, press cancel, then close and lock the lid, making sure the steam release knob is in the sealing position.

  5. Cook on low pressure for 15 minutes. When the rice is finished, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release. After 10 minutes, turn the knob to venting, releasing any remaining steam. When the float pin drops, unlock the lid and open it carefully. Press cancel.

  6. While the rice is cooling, whisk together the eggs, half and half and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.

  7. Carefully pour in the prepared egg/vanilla mixture into the pot with the rice. Stir to combine. Turn pressure cooker back to the Sauté function. Stir until the rice just begins to boil.

  8. When the rice is hot, drain the figs from their soaking liquid and stir in to the pot.

  9. Serve immediately or pour into a large serving dish to chill. Pudding will thicken as it cools, so you may want to add a little extra half and half if you plan on serving it cold.

Recipe and photos by Sara de Leeuw and Jane Bonacci

(Reprinted with permission from The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Sara de Leeuw, published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2018.)