14oz buffalo mozzarella
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 slices bacon
8 cocktail sticks, to secure cheese and meat
2 tablespoons oil, for frying
For the fig jam
1 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 onion, finely sliced
7 oz. fresh figs, stalks removed and quartered
3½ oz. clear honey
2½ fl oz. red wine vinegar
1 tablespoons orange blossom water, optional
4 thick slices toasted walnut bread, to serve
Cut the cheese into four even pieces. Roll in the thyme and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roll each piece of cheese in two slices of bacon and secure with a cocktail stick. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry on all sides on a medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
For the fig jam, heat the oil in a pan and sauté the onion for 4-5 minutes until soft. Add the figs, honey and vinegar and slowly bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Add the orange water, if using.
To serve, place each cheese parcel onto a thick slice of toasted walnut bread and drizzle the fig jam on top.
courtesy of: Simon Rimmer, Something for the Weekend, BBC Food