Breakfast Spread with Comté, Fig and Walnut Jam, Bread and Fruit

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Recipe courtesy of Comté Cheese Association, Nickie Sizemore
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  • Yield: servings

Arrange slices of Comté on a plate or platter and serve them with fresh bread, homemade Fig and Walnut Jam and fruit. The jam is quick and easy to make, and it’s wonderful with the flavors and aromas of Comté (the jam can also be used in a mouthwatering Comté grilled cheese sandwich or on a cheese platter).

Ingredients

Jam:
1 1/2cups dried Black Mission figs (about 8 to 9 ounces), stems removed and coarsely chopped
2tablespoons maple syrup
1tablespoon sugar
1/8teaspoon Kosher salt
1-- (2- to 3-inch) strip orange zest
1-- cinnamon stick
1/4cup toasted walnuts, chopped
To Serve:
-- Comté for serving (sliced)
-- Good quality bread for serving
-- Fruit for serving

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, add the figs, maple syrup, sugar, salt, orange zest, cinnamon stick and 1 1/4 cups water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 18 to 22 minutes, stirring occasionally and breaking up the figs with the back of a spoon, until thickened to the consistency of a loose jam. Remove the cinnamon stick and orange zest. Smash the figs a bit more with the back of the spoon. Turn off the heat and stir in the walnuts. Let cool. The jam can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. 
  2. Serve the fig jam with slices of Comté, good quality bread and fresh fruit.
Recipe courtesy of Comté Cheese Association, Nickie Sizemore
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