Poached Fig, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Tart

Poached Fig, Walnut, and Blue Cheese Tart
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  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 (14-ounce) package frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted
  • For the tart::
  • 1 vanilla bean, halved, scraped, and seeds reserved
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 4 ounces mild blue cheese (such as Gorgonzola dolce), at room temperature and crumbled (about ½ cup)
  • For the cheese spread::
  • + 11 more ingredients
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (¼ stick)
    • 1 cup raw walnut halves
    • For the walnuts::
    • ½ pound dry black Mission figs, stems removed and sliced ¼ inch thick (about 1 ¾ cups)
    • 1 ½ cups dry red wine
    • 3 whole juniper berries
    • 3 whole black peppercorns
    • 2 star anise pods
    • 1 (3-inch) cannella or cinnamon stick
    • For the figs::

For the figs: Place cannella or cinnamon stick, star anise pods, peppercorns, and juniper berries in a 5-by-5-inch piece of cheesecloth and tie tightly with butcher’s twine. Place sachet and wine in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, add figs, and cook u...

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