This past weekend I made the mistake of heading to the farmers’ market hungry. Big mistake. Shopping hungry always results in me buying foods I didn’t plan on just because they look yummy. One of the vendors had gorgeous, perfectly ripe figs and plums for sale and even though I had no idea what I was going to do with them, I bought them anyway.
The rich magenta, purple, and bluish hues just get me very time.
I used the plums and figs in a couple of salads during the week, but the best use was in my Peppery Plum And Fig Puff Pastry Squares. Holy moly these were so good! As much as I enjoy the sweet desserts, I’m really leaning to more savory dessert options lately.
My version of the Peppery Plum And Fig Puff Pastry Squares is based on a Plum Tarts With Honey And Black Pepper recipe I found online. But with added sugar, their recipe was more sweet than savory, and I was craving something savory.
For our version of the tarts, I used plum wedges and fig slices, and I added some feta cheese crumbles that I had on hand from the salads earlier in the week.
To make the savory puff pastry squares, I simply cut the puff pastry into squares and topped them with the plum wedges, fig slices, and feta cheese crumbles. I then drizzled the squares with honey and added freshly ground black pepper.
When serving the family, I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a sweet compliment to the savory Peppery Plum And Fig Puff Pastry Squares.
These babies were so yummy, and I did have puff pastry leftover. So while we were eating them, I pulled some basil, tomatoes, and onions out of the refrigerator, sliced them up, and made Tomato, Basil, And Onion Puff Pastry Squares — I just left off the honey!
While I loved the combination of the fruit, honey, and back pepper in the Plum And Fig squares the most, both versions were amazing!
Clearly, we made way more than we could eat in one night, so I placed the leftovers into a sealed container and we ate the Tomato, Basil, And Onion Puff Pastry Squares the next day for lunch, and the Peppery Plum And Fig Puff Pastry Squares for dessert!
Peppery Plum And Fig Puff Pastry Squares
A little bit sweet and a whole lot savory, these puff pastry squares blend fruit, honey, and black pepper in the most perfect of ways.
- Frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package directions
- 3 plums, cut into wedges
- 2 figs, sliced in thick slices
- Feta cheese crumbles
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 425°. Cut pastry into six 4 inch squares, place on a parchment lined baking sheet, and prick all over with a fork.
- Top with plums, figs, and feta, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Season with freshly ground black pepper.
- Bake tarts, rotating pan halfway through, until edges of pastry are puffed and golden brown. Approximately 25–30 minutes.
- Drizzle with honey just before serving.
Make these ahead of time (but on the same day) and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Reheat in the oven and drizzle with honey before serving. Also consider adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream as a sweet compliment to these savory squares.