Sweet Bread Grilled Cheese with Aged Cheddar & Brandied Figs

Julie Miguel is a digital content producer with a specialization in food media as well as an active food blogger located in Toronto, Canada. The focus of her blog, Daily Tiramisu, is to empower home cooks to be fearless in the kitchen and she does this by taking traditionally difficult recipes and making them easier to execute.

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Growing up, making Greek sweet bread was a family tradition during Easter.  My mom would serve it warm or toasted with our favourite jams, preserves and accompanied by a hard boiled egg. She always made plenty to keep in the freezer so we could enjoy it for months to come. Today, sweet bread has become a tradition in my own family. This delicious sweet bread is versatile and also wonderful as french toast drizzled with maple syrup or stuffed with a mascarpone or ricotta cheese.
I have taken one of my favourite childhood sweet breads and turned it into a grown up sweet and savoury sensation for your taste buds! The sweetness of the bread together with the sharp aged cheddar and spiked figs is truly a flavour explosion!
Warm Regards,

Brandied Fig Grilled Cheese
4- ½ inch slices of Greek sweet bread or a sweet bread of your choice (or, use my recipe posted here.)
2 tbsp. salted butter, softened
1 ½ cup grated aged sharp white cheddar, at room temperature
Brandied figs
For the figs:
228 g (8 oz) black mission figs, halved
1 tbsp. quality honey
¼ cup brandy

  1. Heat honey in a medium size saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook figs cut side down in pan, about 5 minutes to caramelize. Add brandy and continue to boil for 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Brush softened butter on one side of each sliced sweet bread.
  4. Turn slices of bread over and add desired brandied figs on 2 slices of the unbuttered sides.
  5. Distribute the cheddar on top of the figs evenly.
  6. Sandwich the pieces together with the buttered sides facing up.
  7. Heat a cast iron skillet or grill pan over medium heat. Grill sandwiches on each side until golden crispy and cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Servings 2 | PREP & COOK TIME 20-25 minutes

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