This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tazo® Tea. All opinions are 100% mine.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you know that I would ALWAYS choose a cheese course over a dessert. With the except of maaaaaaaaybe key lime pie flew in from the freaking Florida Keys, if a cheese course is an option rather than dessert, I’m going with the cheese. I guess I kind of break the mold that way. But in fact, in many countries around the world, meals are finished with a bit of cheese instead of something sweet.
But around here, most people are looking to satisfy their sweet tooth after dinner. I created this Fig & Spiced Goat Cheese Tart as kind of an olive branch between the cheese people (hi!) and the dessert people (you know who you are). I started with a roll of store-bought pie crust, because hey, every home chef is allowed to take a shortcut now and again.
I blind baked the pie crust and then spread it with a whipped goat cheese mixture spiced with cinnamon, ginger, cloves, orange zest . . . and ground black pepper. Just trust me on the black pepper. It’s the bridge between the savory cheese and the sweet figs. The sweet, ripe, juicy figs. Drizzled in honey. And sprinkled with pistachios.
My favorite accompaniment to any cheese course (or a cheese course masquerading as a dessert) is a nice cup of tea. I reached for Tazo® Awake™ English Breakfast to go with my tart, which is a bold and bright breakfast-style black tea that invigorates me any time of the day. Just like how I like to break the mold of what dessert should be, Tazo wants to break the mold as far as when tea should be enjoyed. It’s not just for breakfast anymore. Let’s Sip Joyfully at any time of day! Tazo teas are easy to find at my local grocery stores, and they are made with some of the finest quality tea leaves, spices and botanicals to create unexpected blends.