‘Savory fig pie & Frosty January Days’
Sunday, we had our pajamas on longer than usual that was followed by a little bit of baking. I love lounging around the house in crispy white linen pj’s and frothy cappuccino in the other hand, it definitely falls for one of my weaknesses. I decided to make a savory fig pie for breakfast as we had lots of them in the fridge. You begin by making of the butter pie crust, as it sits in the fridge for a good hour so it’s a good excuse to through yourself back into bed for a while longer. This pie crust is a great easy recipe to remember as it works well with so many other pies, sweet or savory. For the sweet version, you just add a teaspoon of sugar into the dough recipe. For the filling, I wanted something easy and classic to accompany the delicious sweet figs. It builds up of feta, cream cheese and cream, no eggs are needed for this filling. The filling is luscious and soft that sets once the pie cools down.
We had a little bit of sunlight today, as the temperature dropped from zero to -20 degrees Celsius overnight. As a morning walk with Siena, I decided to snap a few images with my camera of the magical process when the sea freezes. It looks just whimsical, when the sun rises and the water is steaming that minute by minute gets coated with ice.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- Pinch of salt
- 6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter cut in cubes
- About 4 Tbsp cold water
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter melted (for brushing)
- For a sweet version, add 1 tsp sugar
Butter crust Directions
To make the butter crust, add the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add the cold cubed butter and pulse about 20-30 times, until the butter is incorporated and the mixture is crumbly. Drizzling in the cold water while pulsing again until a dough is formed. If the mixture looks too dry, add a little more water. Turn out onto a floured surface and form it into a flat disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour. This process can be done a day in advance as well.
Feta Whip Filling
- 1 block of feta
- ½ packet of cream cheese
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 2-3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
- Sliced fresh figs
- Serve with chopped pistachio & dried oregano on top
In a food processor, blend together the feta and cream cheese. Then add the cream, salt and pepper. Place into a bowl and mix in a few tablespoons of flour to add a bit of thickness to the filling.
Make the pie:
Take the dough out of the fridge and layout on a flour surface. Roll out the dough to the shape of your pie tin (I used smaller rectangular ones). Butter the pie tin and place the dough on top. Then, scoop some of the feta filling on top and garnish with slices of figs. Lastly, brush some honey over the figs and add a sprinkling of salt. Brush the pie eggs with melted butter.
Place into a preheated oven of 180 Celsius degrees for about 30minutes until the pie was become golden in color. Once the pie comes out, don’t be alarmed if it looks too soggy, it will stiffen up once it cools down. Serve with chopped pistachios and sprinkle some dried oregano on top.