So I was watching an episode of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives one day. The place that they were featuring made a blueberry goat cheese basil pie. It seemed like such an interesting combination, blueberry and goat cheese being great but the mix of basil seemed like a refreshing touch. Goat cheese is perfect with fruit, better to me than cream cheese because it has that tangy element.
I didn't have any blueberries at the time, but had just been given a bag full of figs from a friend. I didn't know what to use them for, then I saw that episode. I figured that figs would be a perfect substitute for the blueberries. I was a bit worried that the figs might break down a bit too much when cooking and get mushy in the custardy base, being such a delicate fruit. But it didn't happen, they held up their shape well.
When I first told my dad what they were, he was just about to eat dinner, so he grabbed one of the pies to eat. 'Are you only eating dessert for dinner?' I ask, he looked at me puzzled saying 'They aren't savory?' So despite the goat cheese and basil that could sound like a savory dish, these little pies are sweet. Not overly though...
Adapted from the 3 Sisters Cafe recipe