Figs in a Blanket

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1/2 cup chopped dried figs, stems removed

1/2 cup chopped dried apricots

1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

8 1/2-inch-thick slices white sandwich bread

5 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more as needed

1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a baking sheet with foil. Whisk the eggs, milk, vanilla and salt in a shallow dish.
  2. Combine the dried figs, dried apricots, nuts, granulated sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and toss to combine.
  3. Dip 4 of the bread slices in the egg mixture, then transfer to a clean surface. Top each slice with one-quarter of the fruit-nut mixture, then dip the remaining bread slices in the egg mixture and press on top to make 4 sandwiches.
  4. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Working in batches, cook the sandwiches until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side, adding more butter to the skillet as needed. Transfer the sandwiches to the prepared baking sheet and bake until puffy and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, wipe out the skillet. Add the brown sugar, the remaining 4 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons water; cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Cut each sandwich in half and drizzle with the brown sugar sauce.
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