Fig, Caramelized Onions, Minus 8 Vinegar & Goat Cheese Crostini

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Adapted From My Kitchen Witch

Fig, Caramelized Onions, Minus 8 Vinegar & Goat Cheese Crostini

Sourdough Baguettes

First make your baguettes, or skip this step if you are using store-bought bread. You will need one baguette, although this recipe makes 4. The remaining three can be wrapped, refrigerated or frozen for future uses.

• 200g sourdough starter (100% hydration)

• 200g (ml) tepid water

• 540g strong bread flour

• 4g sea salt

• olive oil

Measure out the freshly fed sourdough starter and mix in the water. You will see bubbles forming. Next add the flour and salt. Mix with a spoon, a plastic scraper or your hands until the flour has been mixed in. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to half an hour so that the flour can become completely hydrated.

Tip the sticky dough out onto a floured board and lift, stretch and fold the dough, turning it a quarter way each time you do this. Eventually, the dough will become quite elastic and loose some of its stickiness. Place back into a cleaned and oiled bowl. Cover and let it rise for about 6 hours or overnight.

Remove the dough from the bowl by pulling and stretching each quarter and folding it into the middle. Place on a lightly floured board and cut into 4 pieces and shape into baguettes.

Let rest on a floured tea towel or directly in your baguette pan while your oven gets up to temperature – 220 degrees C, fan assisted. When the oven is hot, bake the baguettes for about 15 minutes. Let them completely cool on a wire rack before cutting for crostini. In fact, it is preferable to make the baguettes a day before you want to make the crostini.

The Crostini

Using one baguette from the recipe above, or substitute good quality store-bought.

• 1 baguette

• 1 Tablespoon olive oil

• Pinch of sea salt

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C (about 350 degrees F). Take your baguette and diagonally cut into slices approximately 1/2 to 1cm thick. Remove the end pieces and use these for making breadcrumbs. 

On flat baking trays, lay the bread slices and, using a pastry brush, lightly dot with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.

Bake in oven for about 7 minutes. They will just be taking on a little golden colour. Take out of the oven and flip over. Dot the second side with oil and return to the oven for another 7 minutes. They should be light golden brown when finished. Timing depends on the thickness of your slices – the thinner ones will require less time.

Remove from the oven and let them cool on their baking trays. They will continue to crisp while cooling.

The Finished Product

Putting it all together.

• 1 Tablespoon olive oil

• 1 large onion (yellow or red)

• 1 Tablespoon Minus 8 Vinegar

• The toasted crostini slices

• Approximately 3 Tablespoons fig jam

• 120g goat cheese

First caramelize the onions. Cut the onions in half and then in thin half-moon slices. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan on medium high heat. Add the onion slices, breaking them up with a wooden spoon. Stirring occasionally, sauté the onions until they begin to take on a hint of a golden colour. Add the Minus 8 vinegar and stir until the liquid has evaporated. Turn off heat.

Assemble the crostini by placing them on a baking tray. Spread a small amount of fig jam on top of each. Spoon a small amount of onion on this and then top with a slice of goat cheese.

Place in the baking tray in the oven or under the grill and let the goat cheese begin to melt and develop golden spots. Remove and serve the crostini.

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