Servings: Makes 8 Servings
Ingredients 1 cup walnut halves1/4 cup granulated sugar1 tsp. olive oil1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper1 (1 pint) basket ripe figs1 (8-ounce) piece triple-crème cheese (such as St. André, La Tur, or Brillat-Savarin), at room temperatureWater crackers , for serving
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place walnuts on a baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and beginning to color.
2. In a medium skillet, combine sugar, 2 tablespoons water, oil, and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and stir in walnuts. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sugar caramelizes and coats nuts.
3. Spread nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet, breaking apart clumps while still hot; cool completely.
4. Remove stems and slice figs in half lengthwise. Arrange groupings of figs, cheese, walnuts, and crackers on a wooden board or platter. Encourage guests to combine ingredients on crackers.