You know that episode of Sex and the City where Berger breaks up with Carrie on a post-it?

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“I’m sorry. I can’t. Don’t hate me.”

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???

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Yeah. That one.

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Well, I sorta figure that you’re gonna give me one of those today. Like you want to slap one right on my forehead. Because if you haven’t noticed, I put CHEESE IN YOUR DESSERT. More specifically, blue cheese… which like more than half of the population despises. Or something like that. I have no idea and I just made that number up and I’m terrible at math soooo… if you’re one of them, I think you could add another cheese like goat or feta or something fabulous.

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Luckily I’m not a part of the blue cheese hating group. And I also lovelovelove figs. Were talking… major love here. But I live in Pittsburgh… and I might get um, five good fresh figs a year? And that’s a stretch. So what am I to do when I get fresh figs? Coat them in sugar and cover them in cheese and crisp and bake until bubbly and warm and delicious. And then just eat spoonful after spoonful after spoonful.

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How do we feel about this? Can we get behind it? Can we get over you’re concern of me being the girl who constantly references Sex and the City, to which I would say your concern is spot on? I think we can. Post-it and all.

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Brown Sugar Fig and Gorgonzola Crisp

Yield: serves 2-4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

10 figs, quartered and chopped into pieces

2 tablespoons loosely packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, crumbled + more for topping if you wish

crisp

2/3 cups old-fashioned oats

2/3 cups loosely packed brown sugar

1/4 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Add figs to a baking dish (I used a 9-inch pie plate) and sprinkling with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon, then toss to coat. Set aside.

In a large bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, flour, salt and cinnamon, mixing to combine. Add in butter and using your hands, crumble it into the oat mixture, bringing it together until crumbly. I used my hands to toss together and mixed for a good 2-3 minutes, until everything was equally mixed.

Add crumbled gorgonzola over figs, then add crisp mixture over top. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crisp is golden and fruit is bubbly. Serve immediately, with extra gorgonzola if desired.

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If you think this is crazy, yesterday I ate a smoked blue cheese chocolate truffle. Best day of my life.

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111 Responses to “Brown Sugar Fig and Gorgonzola Crisp.”

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    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — August 17, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    No need to apologize or doubt the power of sweet + savory. Looks beautiful (and Fall-ish)!

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — August 17, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    Loving the crisp – nooooot so suure about that cheese though! I’ll have to take your word for it.

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — August 17, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    Ummmmm I will NEVER hate you as long as you continue with the cheesy/desserty/blueberry madness/compost confetti/fishie burgers/fruity salsas/thought catalog references :) Love it all!!!! PS: I’m def not apart of the blue cheese hating group and I’ve never baked/cooked with a fig before! But something like this… I need to try!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 17, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    Girl you have made some fantastic dishes this week! I don’t know what to make first! All I can say is fig crisp, ummm, yes please! It looks so darn delicious! I can’t wait to make it! Have a great weekend! Can’t wait to see what you have for next week!!

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    Simply life — August 17, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    i love blue cheese and I love any dessert that has the word “crisp” in it – looks perfect!

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    Devon | The Food Bitch Blog — August 17, 2012 @ 7:22 am

    I love that episode. I have a tendency to compare a lot of things in life to episodes of Sex & the City. Yesterday there was a guy walking his dog down my street that looked JUST LIKE that guy Skipper that Miranda dated.

    I love gorgonzola & fig on pizza… So why not in my dessert too? Yum!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 17, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    I actually think this is amazing bc cheese means I can just eat this for dinner!

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    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — August 17, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    This looks amazingly delicious! I just tried fresh figs for the first time this Summer and I LOVE them!

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    Ashley - bakerbynature — August 17, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    I just saw that episode at the gym last week! Treadmill = sex and the city re-run time. I loooovveee blue cheese and figs, so this dessert sounds brilliant!

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    Sara — August 17, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    WHERE DID YOU FIND THOSE FIGS?!!!?!??!!?!? I can only find dried or brown gross ones here. When I was in Italy I ate them every day and I miss them dearly.

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

      Are you in Pittsburgh? Whole Foods and Giant Eagle!

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      • Sara — August 22nd, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

        I’m near Philly but I will try Whole Foods! Thanks!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — August 17, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I just love crisp – throw whatever in with it and I’ll probably eat it.

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    Sarah — August 17, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    So where can you find figs in Pittsburgh?

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      Whole Foods usually has some, and I have found like one box at my Giant Eagle. They are expensive though, like 99 cents for one fig!

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    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — August 17, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I’m so intrigued by this!! And yeah, I can barely find any good figs either–so sad. There is actually a random fig tree near a gas station by my apartment and I’ve stopped by there like 4 times to see if I can steal some, and they are always completely unripe each time (how is that possible over a span of at least a month and a half??!) .

    Totally love blue cheese. And all other stinky cheeses.

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 17, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Wow, blue cheese in dessert! I love that you take people out of their baking/cooking box and that you are so doggone creative!! Your boundaries in the kitchen are LIMITLESS, girl!
    This is very intriguing to me, especially with the gorgonzola. Have never had it in a dessert and love the stuff, so it’s a no-brainer. I just happen to have some in the fridge. :-)
    Now, if I can only find those figs…

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    Edith — August 17, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Soooo, I’m part of the blue-cheese-lover-half of the population and I have to say this dessert looks spectacular….Oh my god..fiiiigs and brown sugaaaaar, and cheeeeeeese
    Cleary my mouth is watering already….

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    Kristen — August 17, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    1. I, personally, think that this is genius… and I wish on a daily basis that I was your neighbor so that you’d invite me over to taste test for you.
    2. In college I dated a Burger, and he broke up with me via text message aka the modern day post it break up.

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    Kelly — August 17, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Um…for real this might be my favorite thing you’ve ever made!

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    Dani @ andcute — August 17, 2012 @ 8:28 am

    Blue cheese in desert?! Only you could make this work, I have to try it though I am part of the other half of the population that likes only yellow cheese :)

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 17, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    totally behind ya on this one…the more gorgonzola the better!

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    Joelle — August 17, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I love the recipes you post! My ma and I just bought fig trees so we will have an abundance of figs hopefully!! She lives in NY and is going to put the tree in a pot and hopefully keep it alive! thank you for this recipe! It’s genius!!!

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:25 pm

      Thank you so much!

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    Eri — August 17, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I love this recipe, I will use Gorgonzola dolce for this one, I just cant wait to buy some figs today!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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    Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio — August 17, 2012 @ 9:15 am

    Holy Yum! You never cease to amaze me with your cooking! Love it!

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    Sophia — August 17, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    I learned from having a Northern mountain mother, who didnt cook Southern meats or dishes properly, and i gave them second try. Like Oxtail Soup, Smoked Neck Bones and Black Eyed Peas, Corn Bread, Ham Hocks and Collard Greens. I tried them a second time by someone who knew how to cook them, or ate them all their lives, and all i can say is O-M-G!!

    Though i’ve eaten FIGs before and they were not done properly, i did not enjoy them at all. BUT!! I am willing to give it a second try, and i lurve that oat/cinnamon/sugar/gooey topping mixture stuff on peaches, so why not Figs!!

    Thank you, this looks YUM!! =P

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — August 17, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    This may take the prize as the most delicious looking thing you’ve ever posted. I loooooove fruit and cheese together. Especially blue cheese! Now to find decent figs in Virginia…

    Where in the country does one get good figs anyway? I feel like they suck everywhere!

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

      I think California?? Could be wrong.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 17, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Love these ingredients!!! And oh my goodness — I want one of those blue cheese truffles. :)

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    Krissy @ Make it Nakead — August 17, 2012 @ 9:40 am

    Ohhh. This looks insane. There was this one time I covered brie cheese in chocolate. Like cubed up brie cheese and dipped it in melty chocolate. And then I stood my happy ass in front of the refrigerator for two days straight and stuffed my face with brie bonbons. breakfast. lunch. dinner.

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    Danielle — August 17, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    The minute I see figs on my grocer’s shelf, I’m buying 10 of them to make this! Holy cow this sounds amazing (:

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 17, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    blueberry balsamic and brown sugared figs – now THESE are things I could and would go nuts for if they were in my house!

    and blue cheese – I love it but almost never buy it b/c Scott doesn’t like it and the man will eat almost anything but he’s not a blue cheese guy. More for me :)

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    Melanie — August 17, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Alright, this is gonna take a leap of faith on my part …. but you haven’t steered me wrong yet. You’re food combinations blow my mind!!!

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    Erin — August 17, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Those fresh figs are gorgeous, and blue cheese is one of my all time favorites. As far as I’m concerned you can’t be a foodie unless you love moldy cheese. :)

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    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — August 17, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    I never really liked Berger, perhaps because the very mention of his name made me hungry. OR because he communicated via Post-Its. At any rate, this looks delish! ❤

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    Christina @ The Pastry Posts — August 17, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    Oh no you didn’t! Looks delish. Can’t wait to try!

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    Amanda @ The Dormestic Goddess — August 17, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    You referenced S&TC and put blue cheese in a dessert – easily two ways to steal my heart (and make me hungry). Those Style-athons they have on the weekends? Hellooooo no productivity! This looks fab!

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    Holly B — August 17, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

    What girl DOESN’T constantly reference Sex and the City??!? My favorite lately, is “Coulda, Shouda, Woulda!?

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    Mia — August 17, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

    Thanks for clarifying in the post that this is a dessert. When I saw the title, I was wondering whether to classify this as a dinner entree, a side, or a breakfast. Not that those titles mean anything to me. I totally had a chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake cupcake (try saying that ten times fast) for breakfast the other day, and I regularly come home from work, shove frozen yogurt in my face, then finish it off with a bowl of oatmeal. So yeah…this will be eaten. At all times of the day, probably.

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    Heidi — August 17, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    Just an FYI for everyone. I work at Costco in PA and we just started getting perfect figs in for the season. Check there. So going to make this.

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

      Great to know – thanks!

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    Stacy @ Stacy Eats — August 17, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Don’t worry I won’t pull a Berger because this sounds right up my alley,. I love blue cheese and figs too! Def must make this as soon as I can get my hands on some figs.

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    Ari @ Ari's Menu — August 17, 2012 @ 12:49 pm

    Blue cheese and figs are pretty much my favorite things in the world. I want this NOW. For breakfast. So creative–great idea!

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    Katie — August 17, 2012 @ 12:50 pm

    I needed a good Sex and the City reference in my life today. Actually, you may have just pushed me into having a marathon this weekend…it’s been too long. Want to join? You bring the dessert and cheese, I’ll bring the wine.

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

      That would make my life.

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    Alyssa — August 17, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    can we be friends?

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 17, 2012 @ 1:46 pm

    I never understood how people can hate blue cheese. And I also am a huge fig fan…never thought to bake with them before. Oh, nothing, just another brilliant idea by you. ;)

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen — August 17, 2012 @ 2:01 pm

    Whoa, this just made me STARVING. I would LOVE this…

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    lisa — August 17, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    I love sweet and savory especially if it involes cheese!!

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    Jackie @ Daydreamer — August 17, 2012 @ 2:33 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing! And I love your Sex and the City references! Post-it and all.

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    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — August 17, 2012 @ 2:42 pm

    Hol-y YUM! And I have most of those ingredients…score!

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    Katy — August 17, 2012 @ 2:47 pm

    Where do you find your fresh figs? I live in Michigan and haven’t been able to find any.

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

      I find them at my local grocery store… but I live in PA.

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    Heidi — August 17, 2012 @ 2:53 pm

    This looks delicious! I love that episode – my best friend was actually an extra in that episode!! Who knew that it would be one that people remembered!

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    Amy — August 17, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I just spent the week developing a recipe for a cupcake-sized blue cheese cheesecake with chocolate ganache. The last 48 of ‘em are cooling right now, waiting for their chocolate drizzle, balsamic drizzle, and sweet cherry topping. They’ll be paired with wine and served to some bloggers tonight, including my friend and neighbor Cathy at NoblePig.com (who introduced me to your blog). After that? Sleep… glorious sleep….

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    • Jessica — August 19th, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

      Holy crap. That sounds amazing!

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    Marisa @Margaritas In The Rain — August 17, 2012 @ 3:39 pm

    Confession: Last weekend I purchased a container of figs, thinking I would make something delicious. I never found inspiration, and the figs consequently rotted on my counter. All that to say, THANK YOU for the inspiration. I’ll go buy another container and start-over :)

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    Meg — August 17, 2012 @ 3:52 pm

    Haha I love that episode! So hilarious ‘that is the end to the day I got arrested for smoking a Doobie’

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