Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.
Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover’s dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and drizzles of sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Once in a while, late at night when the house is quiet and I should be winding down, resting in bed, I find myself tip-toeing downstairs into the kitchen, looking for a midnight snack. This does not happen often, but when it does, I usually crave one thing in particular.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Figs.

Fresh, ripe and tender figs, sliced in half, drizzled in honey and eaten with a morsel of goat cheese. To me, that is the ultimate, the perfect midnight snack.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Imagine the torture when I have that craving in the middle of January, when figs are just about as rare as fireflies in California.

So when I see the first figs in the markets come summertime, I can’t help but do my own happy dance. It means indulging in a fruit that I find so incredibly satisfying, no matter the preparation. And I do see it as an indulgence, because for some reason, I am the only one who appreciates figs in my house, at least when it’s not in a cookie or bar. When I buy fresh figs, they are all for me.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

I decided to create a galette that combines the flavors of my ultimate midnight snack. My Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is perfect for those night time cravings, but it’s also wonderful as a lunch with a salad of fresh greens, at a brunch, or an appetizer with a good crisp Chardonnay. Frankly, it’s delicious any time of the day.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Note: This post first appeared July 23, 2010; the recipe has been updated from the archives with a flakier dough, improved kitchen notes and recipe annotation, and updated photographs. I hope you enjoy this favorite from my kitchen.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover's dream. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and sweet honey. Make it while fig season is here.

More Fig Recipes to Try:

Chocolate Banana Fig Bread
Fig and Almond Butter Smoothie
Fig, Jalapeno Jam and Blue Cheese Pizza
Honeyed Fig Trifle with Goat Cheese Mascarpone Yogurt Cream
Fig Balsamic Jam

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette

Makes one 8-inch rustic galette. | Prep: 15 minutes, plus chill time | Cook: 30 minutes

Fig, Honey and Goat Cheese Galette is a fig lover’s dream, and one of my favorite ways to enjoy fig season. Nestled in a flaky, buttery crust are sweet figs, tangy goat cheese and drizzles of sweet honey. I first shared this recipe when I started my blog in 2010, and have been making it each summer since.

Ingredients

Dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Filling

  • 5 oz goat cheese, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons good quality honey, plus more for serving
  • 6-7 fresh figs, quartered (about 1 1/2 cups sliced figs)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons demerara sugar
  • fresh thyme leaves, for garnish

Instructions

Make the dough:

In a medium bowl, stir the flour, salt and sugar together with a fork or a whisk. Grate the butter with a box grater and add to the flour. Using your fingers, begin to work the butter into the dough until you have coarse crumbs. Stir in the water a tablespoon at a time, using a fork to incorporate it into the dough, checking it with your fingers by pinching the dough together. You can also do this with a food processor, if you wish. Do not over work the dough – you want to be able to see bits of butter within the dough, and it will still be rather shaggy and loose. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and use your hands to bring it together into a ball, but be careful not to overwork the dough. When the mixture pulls together into a ball, wrap the dough in a piece of plastic wrap, form it into a disk, and refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight.

Make the galette:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Roll the dough into a 10-inch disk about 1/4-inch thick on a sheet of parchment paper.

In a small bowl, use a fork to cream the goat cheese and 2 tablespoons of honey into the softened cheese. Spread in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch perimeter. Arrange the figs on top of the goat cheese, then fold the edge of the dough up on the figs, pleating as you make your way around the galette.

Whisk together the egg and water. Lightly brush the dough with the egg wash, and sprinkle the dough with demerara sugar. Transfer the galette with the parchment paper onto a heavy baking sheet.

Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and drizzle the figs with the remaining honey, and sprinkle with fresh thyme. Let it sit for about 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy while warm.

Notes

The dough can be prepared in advance, which can come in handy if you are making this for entertaining. Make the dough up to three days in advance (or longer, by storing tightly sealed in the freezer).

Dough based on Mini Egg Pies, Kawaling Pinoy

Comments

  1. Monet

    What a way to end my evening! This has to be the most appetizing thing I’ve seen all week. I am now wanting a midnight snack myself. Figs, honey, goat cheese and pastry…how could this not be heavenly. I feel so fortunate to have found your blog. Brian has great recommendations!

    Reply
    • Liren

      You are such a sweetheart – thank you, Monet! To me, it’s the most appetizing thing, but I fear I am a little bit biased. I do believe it really is comfort food at its best, for me! I’m so glad we found each other’s blogs – Brian has a good eye for yumminess!

    • Liren

      Thank you Norma!! I love this combination so, so much :)

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food

    Because I am not confident in my pie making skills, I love gallettes. It’s a little free-form pie. Your pairing of figs and goat cheese are perfect… And, of course, your pictures are stunning!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Exactly! No need to be a perfect pie crust maker when you can make these adorable galettes!

  3. Jenn @ Chinese Baba

    Hi Liren,
    (btw.. it’s Defunkt G)… lol.
    LOVE figs. I never had fresh figs probably until several years ago. I actually hate dried figs because I find them too sweet in the Newtons. But Fresh Figs I drool over. And you’re so lucky to get the dark, aubergine-coloured ones. The ones I’ve seen here are only pale green. Gorgeous and yummy but sometimes I want the dark ones.
    And your galette sounds extra merveilleux especialement pour les minuits.
    I hope you’re doing well on your end and enjoying the gorgeousness of California. xoxo

    Reply
    • Liren

      Welcome back! I’m loving the new blog and name change my dear :) I agree that fig Newtons are very sweet – I prefer the fig bars that they sell at Trader Joes (do you have one near you in Canada???). Your emerald figs would be lovely in this too, and yes, it’s is definitely merveilleaux tojours (dear God, my French is so out of practice).

    • Jenn @ Chinese Baba

      Thank you! It’s good to be back. I’m feeling better about this change. Sometimes I’m rather rash and then I look back and think… Hmmm.. this could have been done better.

      Sadly, we don’t have Trader Joe’s here in Canada. At least not in Winnipeg. I”ll have to research that now… lol. Next time I head down south I’ll have to give them a go. When I was in L.A. earlier this year I saw Trader Joe’s everywhere but had no idea what it was!

      Votre francais est merveilleux ma belle ;)

    • Liren

      Aw, merci, chere Jenn! It’s too bad there is no TJ’s…yet. Who knows, perhaps in time! I would not be surprised in the least if TJ’s ends up opening stores in Canada. I’ll keep my fingers crossed :)

  4. Stacey Viera

    Impressive! Thanks for opening my eyes to the wonders of the gallette. The goat cheese in there sounds so delicious; I can practically taste the creaminess. Yum!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Hi Stacey! Oh, the galette is a wonderful thing – no need for perfection, at least when looks are involved!

  5. Patty Price

    I wouldn’t mind having this for breakfast, it’s full of some of my favorite ingredients and it looks delicious :-)

    Reply
    • Liren

      I agree, it’s perfect for breakfast too :)

  6. foodies at home

    Girl, this looks amazing! What a cool combination! I love the rustic look of it! I would definitely be sneaking to the kitchen after hours for a nibble of this one!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thank you! I snuck into the kitchen way too often for nibbles of this galette! The sweet and the savory are irresistible to me.

  7. citronetvanille

    I would love this anytime of the day to be honest with you! Funny you crave figs, they truly are wonderful, and especially with goat cheese! Lovely tart! I try not to snack at night, but maybe if I had this waiting for me, I would just do like you!

    Reply
    • Liren

      I have to tell you, having this in the house…I had it at all times of the day, and it was just so good! It’s hard for me to place it in just one category!

  8. Mdivani

    Can’t wait to try this! Had not though of figs for a long time. In France, we used to buy them and make simple tarts in the summer, but this sounds so much better!!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Simple tarts sounds good, too, Mdivani! I just couldn’t resist the goat cheese :)

    • Liren

      I’m afraid you must :) You’ll love it!

    • Liren

      I absolutely agree – figs and cheese are perfect together :)

  9. Chef Dennis

    that sounds so good!! my wife just told me her mother has figs all over her yard!! sounds like a plan to me!
    thanks so much for a great recipe!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Oh, to have figs all over the yard – that is like manna from heaven.

    • Liren

      Two pounds! Wow, what are you planning to do with all of them? What a treat!

    • Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

      I know! With one pound make a Fig Coffee Cake and the other pound, I made the Fig Jam from the As Hoc cookbook – it has basalmic vinegar in it – super tasty! Enjoy your weekend.

  10. bunkycooks

    What a great post! I have those cravings for figs as well and now they are coming into season here. Your galette is beautiful and I am sure it was delicious.

    Reply
    • Liren

      Thanks! I do wish figs were readily available all year round, but perhaps I would not appreciate them as much, eh?

  11. Baking Barrister

    Ohhh figs and goat cheese. That sounds really amazing. And figs! This is the second post in the last 10 minutes I have seen about figs and now I desperately want some. I think this would be amazing with peaches or nectarines. You also make me feel like I should be making galettes–I’ve never done it before.

    Reply
    • Liren

      I assume we will be seeing a lot of fig posts in the next few weeks – they are definitely in season! And yes, this would be equally lovely with stone fruit – hope you do try galettes, they’re so forgiving!

  12. Ruby

    Figs and goat’s cheese and honey – oh my! You had me at figs though – they are so expensive here that when I find some good ones I eat them just as is, and savour every bite. I can only imagine the luxury of being able to bake up this galette. Lucky you!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Ruby, you’re right – usually, figs can be very pricey, and the idea of baking them rather than eating fresh is a luxury. I am noticing that this year the prices of figs are so much more affordable and assume it’s a good year for figs! I hope you experience the same across the pond!

  13. Cristina - TeenieCakes

    This could be a meal, more than a snack. Just brought home some beautiful figs a couple of days ago, this just may be what needs to be done with them. Luv the ingredients here, figs, honey, goat cheese – sounds fantastique!

    Reply
    • Liren

      You’re right! It is definitely a meal, and if you have a salad, it’s perfect!

  14. Jean

    I saw this first thing yesterday morning but was in such a rush I couldn’t comment. I do remember thinking how perfect this galette would be any time of day. One of my favorite flavor combos is gorgonzola with honey, so I can imagine how great this is with the goat cheese and especially the figs.

    What a truly elegant midnight snack!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Ah, Gorgonzola and honey – another lovely combination. And my favorite cheese, actually. Well, one of. I could see doing a Gorgonzola galette, too, that would be very tasty.

  15. Marisa

    I love the combination of figs, honey, and goat cheese too! The title of this post immediatly caught my eye. What a great idea. It sounds amazing!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Glad you like it! I wonder if anyone found these midnight cravings odd, but to me, it’s heavenly!

  16. Kate

    I am making this tonight- yummy! Thanks for another great idea!

    Reply
    • Liren

      Wonderful! I hope it turned out well, Kate!

    • Liren

      Oh, you must try it! there’s nothing like fresh figs, but once in a while, it’s nice to cook them, in the oven, on the stove, on the grill…

  17. Lynne Christy Anderson

    This looks simply fantastic. There’s nothing like ripe figs. Baked up with honey and goat cheese — amazing! It conjures up warm fuzzy feelings of fresh summer nights. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Reply
    • Liren

      So glad you liked it, Lynn! I’m so glad you stopped by; thank you for your lovely comment!

    • Liren

      LOL, Denise, THANK YOU for letting me know I’m not the only one who sneaks into the kitchen once in a while!!!

    • Liren

      You’ll love this, Cristina! Now that you’re a fig lover, I hope you do try it!!

  18. Kathy Diaz (found baking)

    This stole my heart. I love figs! And I love fig tarts. Beautiful pictures. I like the goat cheese combination with honey and figs. Tang + Sweetness = Perfection in the mouth. I have to make your tart before summer is over… I am literally drooling.

    Reply
  19. shy

    so this is a total beginners question, but i’ve never made anything with figs before. How do I cut the figs? Do I remove the outer portion and then cut it? Or just cut it?
    sorry…totally a beginners question :-)

    Reply
    • Liren

      So sorry for the late reply, I’ve been away! Great question – I like to just cut the stems off, then enjoy the figs sliced, skin and all. Enjoy! I just bought a bunch of figs yesterday and can’t wait to dig in.

  20. Mammaincorsa

    Absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. My parents have a fig tree and every year it produces so much that they don’t know what to do with all of them! But after having tried this recipe, I know exactly what to make them to surprise them with their own harvest :)  Thanks so much!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I’m so pleased! Thank you for coming back to let me know you liked it – how lucky that your parents have a fig tree – that would be a dream for me!

  21. Lauren Gaskill

    I can imagine that while you were making this you were doing a little happy dance because OMG Liren, this is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Seriously one of the prettiest galettes I’ve ever laid eyes on. Adding this to my regular baking favorites. <3 <3

    Reply
  22. Lynn | The Road to Honey

    Wow! I can’t believe you are the only one in your house that loves figs. Drizzled with honey . . .they really do make for the perfect little treat. Unfortunately, it’s near impossible for me to find decent figs in my area so I am usually left looking longingly at everyone else’s magnificent fig creations. This one certainly is a beauty. . .and my big question is. . .did you convert your family to fig lovers with this one?

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      How I wish I could send some figs your way! So, I will share this — a few weeks ago, I saw my husband taste some figs AND I was able to include it in another upcoming recipe that the family loved, so the family is slowly joining me in loving figs!

  23. Bird

    I’ve done these sort of galettes with peach, but have got to try it like this!! Loving the goat’s cheese too!

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      Mmm, peach galettes are great! I hope you try this – the figs and goat cheese combination is one of my all time favorites.

  24. Salomon

    I love gallettes. It’s a little free-form pie. Your pairing of figs and goat cheese are perfect

    Reply
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