Monday, January 28, 2013

APPLE and GOAT CHEESE TART

So many tastes and textures to enjoy:  crunchy, creamy-thick, sweet, lemony-tart, apple-topped, wonderful!  

I wanted to make a goat cheese and apple tart ... How to proceed though?  I remembered how pretty the French apple tarts are, so I decided to make one of those and use goat cheese as a filling.   



  


For the crust:
You will need a nine-inch tart pan. Make your favourite recipe for crust and place it in the pan. Blind bake it until it's halfway done.

Pâte sablée coming up! I used Julia Child's recipe. 

For the apples:
3 to 4 large apples, peeled and sliced very thinly. Sprinkle them lightly with some lemon juice, so that they won't turn brown. Don't use too much lemon though, because any extra juice will thin out the cheese in the tart.


For the goat cheese filling:
8 ounces/230 grammes of soft goat cheese
1 egg
zest from 1/2 lemon
a dash of vanilla
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1/3 cup of sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch

Directions:
Place all the ingredients for the filling in the food processor and pulse until they are mixed. The mixture should come out thick, not runny.  If it's runny, add a little more cornstarch.

Pour the cheese mixture onto the partially baked crust and then arrange the apples over the mixture. Work in a circular pattern, starting from the edge, creating rows until you reach the centre.  Pack the apples in as well as you can. It may seem like a lot of apples are being used, but as you know, apples shrink when they bake. When you reach the centre, top it with some apple slices arranged in a decorative pattern.

For the topping:
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions:
Mix the sugar and cinnamon.  Cut the butter into small chunks.  Sprinkle the sugar mixture over the apples and dot with the butter.  Bake at 350º F/180º C for about one hour.

2 comments:

  1. All your recipes sound so delicious. I've saved the Tart to make later, and want to do the bread and stew as well. Perfect for the book selection.

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  2. I nearly made a version of this, too, for my entry. Since Katniss's district was a coal mining town, I thought a take on the Cornish pasty (with goat cheese and apple stuffing) would have worked. But I'm not much of a baker and felt stew was a little more my speed. Thanks for the inspiration!

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