Caramelized Fig Crostini

The Pure Essence Of Figs!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1 small multi grain baguette, 8 slices
8 fresh figs
8 slices Brie cheese
8 tbsp brown sugar
8 tbsp Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar + drizzle 
olive oil for drizzle
Cooking Tools
2 small parchment lined sheet pans

Cook’s Note: The figs and crostini can be baked at the same time, just put the figs on the rack above the crostini.

Preheat oven 350 Degrees F.  Place figs on the baking sheet and cross cut the top of the figs 3/4 of the way down the fig.  Spoon 1 tbsp of brown sugar inside the fig then spoon 1 tbsp of the Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar on top of the brown sugar.  Bake in oven for about 20 minutes.  The fig will start to open up like a flower and the sugar will start to caramelize.  Remove from oven and set aside to cool for a few minutes. Place baguette slices on and sheet pan and drizzle with olive oil and place in oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and add the Brie slices on each crostini and place back in oven for additional 10 minutes, just to soften the cheese. Once baked, remove from oven and place the caramelized figs on top of each crostini with the Brie and drizzle with some more Vanilla Fig Balsamic Vinegar.  Garnish with chopped parsley (optional).
Serves 4

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