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Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date-Cinnamon-Swirl Challah

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

We stayed up until 1:30 AM (!!!!!!!!!!!!) last night. I don’t think that’s happened since…I don’t even know. High school?! I almost died. Of course, it was self-inflicted. My dear friend Emma & I spent 2 1/2 hours at Target (why can’t I buy all the things?! 😫 I only came out with the things I needed – what a miracle) and then spent the rest of the night watching Gilmore Girls and eating Rice Krispie Treats. A night well spent, my friends. A night well spent.

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

OH! A little Trader Joe’s Report:

    • That autumn harvest salsa + sweet potato tortilla chips?! OMG! So so so good. The salsa has the perfect balance of heat & sweet and I LOVE IT!
    • The lemon pepper pappardelle. Umm, life-changing. The taste is super subtle, but still flavorful. Also when you’re boiling the pasta it creates the most wonderful, pervasive lemony smell that is just so lovely. Like stated in my previous post, I recommend serving it with some olive oil, s & p, lemon zest, & burrata. Simply magical.
    • The pumpkin harvest salad mix. Ehhh, not the greatest. The vinaigrette felt oddly sweet & pumpkin-pie-spicey to me, but hey, maybe that’s just me?!
    • Dark chocolate cookie butter cups. Literally can’t stop eating them.

I just love Trader Joe’s so much & overall I’m so happy with my haul!

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

I’ve never been able to find whole, fresh figs in my area, so I guess fig butter is going to have to sustain me until I can try the real deal! The first time I tried fig butter, it brought me back to the first time I tried a Fig Newton as a little kid – they get the fig filling right! Although honestly, I’m not really a fan of those cookies (sorry, dad!) I am very excited to try a real fig, though! They’re so PRETTY!

Now, onto what I did with some of my TJ’s ingredients, fig butter and brie…I made grilled cheeses! And the most to-die-for whole wheat challah bread with a sweet, date-studded cinnamon swirl. I just know you’re going to love this combo. It’s melty and crunchy & chewy & gooey & sweet in all the right ways.

Back to the bread because I just need to keep talking about it. It’s DANG good. You can use half of it for sandwiches and half of it for the best french toast ever. Win! I just really love challah. Fluffy yet still a little dense, perfectly rich, slightly decadent, & totally fancy.

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

Let me know if you end up making this! Nothing makes my day more than when people let me know they made one of my recipes & it turned out well! (No failures yet! Haha 😋)

Love you guys! Thanks for reading 😚

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

Ingredients: 

for the sandwich: 

granny smith apple, thinly sliced

brie, thinly sliced

fig butter

butter

for the bread: 

2 t active dry yeast

1 t sugar

1 c hot water

2 eggs + 1 egg yolk (but keep the extra white!), room temp

1/4 c melted unsalted butter, cooled

2 c all-purpose flour 

2 c whole wheat flour

1/4 c sugar

2 t salt

1/2 c chopped dates (or raisins will work here, too!)

1/2 c sugar

1 t vanilla

1/2 t cinnamon

Instructions: 

In a bowl fitted for a stand mixer, combine the yeast, 1 t sugar, and water. Whisk together and let sit for 5-10 minutes until foamy and activated. Then, whisk in the eggs and melted butter.

In a different large bowl combine the flours, 1/4 c sugar, and salt. Slowly pour the dry into the wet, mixing with a dough hook. Knead for about 5-7 minutes, or until the dough is slightly tacky but supple. Let rise in a warm place in a well-greased bowl for about 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled in size.

In a small bowl, combine the 1/2 c sugar, dates, vanilla, and cinnamon. Set aside.

Roll out the risen dough into a large rectangle. Sprinkle the sugar mixture all over the rectangle, and then carefully roll up the dough like you would with sweet rolls. Squeeze into a 9 x 5 loaf pan (if your loaf is too long, cut it to the right size) Let rise in a warm place for another hour.

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly whisk the leftover egg white and brush over the risen loaf. Let bake for 30-35 minutes. You may need to cover the loaf with tin foil halfway through baking if the top is getting too brown.

Let cool on a wire rack.

To assemble the sandwiches: 

Spread each slice of bread with about 1 T of fig butter, followed by the apple slices on one side, and the brie on another. Smush together and let cook in a ferociously buttered skillet on medium heat until thoroughly melty & golden brown. Enjoy!

xo, Lucia

Fig, Apple, & Brie Grilled Cheese with Whole Wheat Date Cinnamon Challah | The Foodwright

{challah adapted from the kitchn}

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Alexa [fooduzzi.com]
    November 9, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    My boyfriend saw me looking at this post, and I think he’s super hungry now. I can’t get over this combo…figs and brie are like, my favorite things ever. Seriously need to try this!!

    • Reply
      Lucia
      November 9, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      Hahaha! Isn’t it so so good?! Thanks, Alexa!

  • Reply
    Liz
    November 9, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Ohhmmyyyygoodness that bread! Where did you get that? I’ve never seen it at Trader Joes… or maybe I’m just not looking hard enough….

    • Reply
      Lucia
      November 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      I made the bread! The recipe is included in the post 🙂

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