Friday, August 28, 2009

Apple, goat cheese and honey tartlets

apple goat cheese honey tartlets

2 17.3 ounce packages frozen puff pastry (4 sheets), thawed
1 egg, beaten to blend
6 ounces soft fresh goat cheese (about 3/4 cup packed)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
3 medium Gala aples, peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/8" slices
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 cup honey (preferably dark such as forest honey), divided
1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground allspice

Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out each puff pastry sheet on lightly floured surface to 11-inch square. Using 5" diameter cookie cutter or bowl, cut out 4 rounds from each pastry sheet, forming 16 rounds total. Divide 8 pastry rounds between prepared baking sheets; pierce rounds all over with fork. Using 3.5" diameter cookie cutter or bowl, cut out smaller rounds from center of remaining 8 rounds (reserve 3.5" rounds for another use), forming eight 5" diameter rings. Brush outer 1" edges of 5" rounds on baking sheets with beaten egg; top each with 1 pastry ring. Freeze at least 30 minutes. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep frozen. Do not thaw before continuing.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix cheese, lemon juice, and salt in bowl; spread mixture inside rings on frozen pastry rounds. Overlap apple slices atop cheese. Mix butter and 1/4 cup honey in small bowl; brush over apples. Sprinkle with allspice. Bake until apples are tender and pastry is golden, about 35 minutes. Place tartlets on plates. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over each and serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe from Bon Appetit, October 2007, Jill Silverman Hough


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