Black mission figs are the dark purple figs, they are moist and sweet in flavor. Figs have two harvest seasons, early summer and then a second in late summer to early fall.
They have a short shelf life so they should be eaten within a few days of purchase. This recipe combines sweet figs at the height of their season with crunchy bread, ricotta and a drizzle of balsamic glaze for an easy appetizer.
The slices of bread are crisped in melted butter for added flavor. I prefer to use European butter, it has a higher butterfat content from a longer churning process and therefore less water. It has a higher smoke point, which helps when pan frying the bread.
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