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Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

Celebrating Fall: Pears & Blue Cheese Tart Recipe

Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

It’s officially fall! Which means the leaves are turning a glorious red and orange, we can finally declare sweater-weather, and we can finally go back into the kitchen without sweltering in the heat.

One of our favorite ingredients for autumn is always orchard fruit, like apples (of course), but also the ripe and juicy pears that start popping up on the market stalls during late summer. It’s a bit early still for Anjou, but you can find wonderful Bartlett pears and Bosc varieties at great prices.

Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

Pears are fantastic partners for a cheese plate, their crispness and juiciness a great match for earthy, rich cheeses. And one of the greatest pairings is definitely with creamy blue cheeses, a combination that just seems to define this beautiful season.

Since we’re so elated we can bake again, we decided to make a seasonal tart featuring pears and blue cheese, encased in a sublime puff-pastry crust and topped with toasted almonds. Buttery, savory, cheesy and with just enough sweetness to balance it, this Pear & Blue Cheese Tart has become a seasonal favorite in our offices.  You can buy the pastry sheets pre-made, or if you’re feeling really ambitious, you can make your own.

Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

When choosing pears for our Pears & Blue Cheese Tart recipe, if it’s at all possible, chose from reputable local growers – this will ensure you get a freshly-picked pear. It’s better if they’re not fully ripened yet, so buy them hard a few days in advance, and leave them to ripen in your kitchen. Avoid any that have bruised skin or very evident blemishes.

You can pick your favorite blue cheese for this recipe, keeping in mind that some blues are much more intense than others. Roquefort tends to be stronger, while Gorgonzola Dolce is a milder option, and Fourme d’ Ambert somewhere in the middle in intensity.  The rule of thumb is, if you love the cheese, you’ll love it in this Pear & Blue Cheese Tart recipe! (See our full selection of blue cheese!).

 

 

Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 1 Tart

Pears & Blue Cheese Tart

Ingredients

  • 4 pears, washed and cut into wedges (seeds removed)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsps. Butter
  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 7 oz. mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tbsp. Blue cheese, crumbled or chopped
  • ½ tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 250 g blue cheese
  • 3 tbsps. Toasted almonds, chopped
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp. Water
  • 3-4 tbsps. blond cane sugar

Instructions

  1. Fill a bowl with water and add the two lemon halves.
  2. Cut the pears into wedges, and as you go along, place them in the lemon and water bath, so they won’t darken.
  3. Heat up a saucepan with butter and oil over medium heat and sauté the pears on both sides, about 3 minutes.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Preheat oven at 375 F.
  6. Place a sheet of puff pastry in a baking sheet. Mix the egg yolk and 1 tbsp of water in a bowl and whip until just combined. Brush the mix on the puff pastry. Cut the other puff pastry sheet into strips, about ½ inch wide, and use them to create a border at the edge of the bigger pastry sheet. Brush with the yolk. Note: If your pastry sheet is thin and the border isn’t at least ¼ inch tall, use extra strips to give the border some height..
  7. Mix the mascarpone with the crumbled blue cheese, pepper and whole egg and distribute evenly over the pastry sheet. Place the pears on top, and then add the rest of the blue cheese. Sprinkle with almonds and sugar.
  8. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the filling is firm. Serve warm or cool.

Tomato Tart with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese

A Fresh Summer Meal: Tomato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Tomato Tart with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese

Plump tomatoes, buttery crust and creamy goat cheese? Yes, please! Tomato Tart with Caramelized Onions & Goat Cheese. Photo credit: Laura Bolton for Fork Knife Swoon, http://www.forkknifeswoon.com.

We’re all about fast, delicious summer dishes this month at Gourmet Food World, so to continue on that trend, this week we’re featuring a great recipe that combines fresh flavors with delicious ingredients, and that essential touch of sophistication that all our gourmet customers look for. This week: Tomato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart, by Fork Knife Swoon.

Savory tarts, or quiches, as they’re also widely known, are probably one of the most versatile dishes you can turn out. First off, they’re light, but you can pack them heavy with veggies, so you get a nice, healthy serving of greens. A tart can work perfectly for brunch, lunch – we love it paired with a baby green salad – and can also serve as a nice appetizer for dinner. It’s even a great light summer dinner option when paired with a more consistent side dish, like quinoa or couscous.

Creamy and tangy goat cheese

Creamy & tangy goat cheese. Photo: GourmetFoodWorld.com

This Tomato, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese tart recipe is a perfect example of a classic savory tart.  It masterfully combines the freshness of tomatoes with the sweetness of a perfectly caramelized onion,  but the truly outstanding ingredient here is the goat cheese – tangy, yet superbly creamy and indulgent, with its winning tanginess. All of these perfectly-cooked ingredients are contained in a flaky pastry shell, the perfect buttery vessel to contain all these flavors.  The result is pretty and colorful, making it a beautiful dish to serve to guests.

Pair this mouthwatering tart with a chilled glass of your favorite crisp white wine, and toast to Laura from Fork Knife Swoon, who was kind enough to share her fabulous recipe with us.  Visit her blog at http://www.forkknifeswoon.com, where you’ll find delicious recipes for the home cook, with a focus on seasonal produce and whole foods.

Tomato, Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tart

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Yield: 4 tarts

Serving Size: 1 tart

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe paté brisée
  • 6-8 medium-sized tomatoes
  • 4 oz. goat cheese
  • 1 medium-sized yellow onion
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt
  • freshly-ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat an oven to 425º F.
  2. On a lightly-floured surface, roll out the dough into a circle about 1/8″ thick. Using a saucer as a guide, cut out four 6″ circles of dough. Place each one over a 5″ tart pan, and gently use your fingers or a dry pastry brush to smooth the dough into the pan. Using a knife, trim the dough so that it is flush with the edge of the pan. Place tarts on a sheet pan and place in the refrigerator.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Peel the onion and slice it into thin rings. When the oil begins to shimmer, add the onion to the pan and season with salt and pepper. Let cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, about 5-10 minutes. Add the garlic, turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Cook an additional 20-30 minutes, or until the onions become golden.
  4. Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes cross-wise into thin rings, about 1/8″ thick.
  5. Remove the tart shells from the refrigerator. Crumble 1 oz of the goat cheese into the bottom of each tart in an even layer.
  6. Add 1/4 of the onions to each tart. Arrange the tomato slices in an overlapping circular pattern, with one slice in the middle. Top with 1/4 of the Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake until the tarts begin to bubble and the crusts are golden brown, about 45-50 minutes. Let cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes before serving.

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