While many of us are looking forward to a fall harvest of pumpkins and squashes, my favorite time of year is the first harvest happening right before the end of summer. It’s when some of the best fruits and vegetables are being collected and we can use them in of our favorite recipes. When I think of first harvest in August, the first thing that comes to mind is my love of figs and apples.
I swear the older I get the more I fall in love with figs. Although, like many of you, my love affair started with the classic Fig Newton and evolved to the dried fruit and now I love them fresh whenever I can get my hands on them. California figs are in harvest through September, so it’s this time of year that I really go to town with my indulgence on figs.
The same goes for apples. There isn’t an apple dessert or dish I didn’t like. I’m very much like my Dad in that if we see an apple pie, apple tart, apple muffin, etc there is a VERY good chance it’s being ordered. There’s something about the tart, yet sweet crunchy flavor that gets me everytime. One of my favorite activities is going to an apple farm and picking fresh harvest. There’s something to be said for touching the fruit on the very land it’s grown and having an appreciation for what the earth is capable of.
While there are plenty of decadent recipes you could make with either figs or apples, I wanted to share a few simple recipes that are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. It’s plenty nutritious and packed full of flavor.
Fig and Apple Toast
Both start with the same base of semi-thick sourdough slices of bread, lightly toasted.
For the fig toast, I love using Kite Hill almond milk cream cheese. Spread a layer of it on top of the bread and add sliced figs throughout. drizzle with honey and a few sprinkles of chia seeds.
The apple toast is as simple as spreading a thick layer of almond butter, thinly sliced fuji apples (or whichever apples are your favorite) and another drizzle of honey with a few sprinkles of hemp seeds and cacao nibs.
Not one bit difficult to make, but ohhh the flavor combinations are so delicious! I could eat this morning after morning and snack after snack. Don’t be afraid to use whatever toppings and spreads that you prefer, you really can’t go wrong. The figs and apples play nice with others so go ahead and experiment!
When it comes to serving your fig and apple toast, look to use a cutting board rather than a plate. A plate typically has curved sides making it difficult to fit two pieces of toast on it without one resting on the edge. Plus, utilizing a bigger space means you can get a little crazier with that honey drizzle!
Here are some of my favorite cutting boards from Wayfair —
Acacia Cutting Board with Raw Edge
BoosBlock 1/5″ Walnut Cutting Board (such a great brand of cutting boards!)
Marble & Wood Cheese Board
Large Rectangle Chopping Board with Handle (great for large servings!)
Marble Pastry Board (makes for easy clean up + a great serving tray)
What are your favorite first harvest fruits and vegetables that you’re enjoying this time of year? If you have any great recipes that go with them, please share!
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