Monday, July 30, 2012

Pear, Walnut and Roquefort Tart – exceptionally lazy (and tasty!)

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An exceptionally lazy (and tasty) tart


If I get reincarnated as a mouse, I am in big, big trouble because - quite apart from grey not being my best colour - in general (gasp!) I don’t like cheese very much. This is a major failing which I try to correct. When I find myself faced with a cheeseboard, I will taste a molecule of everything just to make sure I still don’t like it. Mostly, I still don’t.

One of the few exceptions is creamy, salty Roquefort, which I treat as a seasoning - for salads and for this exceptionally lazy tart. So simple, this is barely a recipe, however the pastry must be good quality all butter pastry - there is nowhere for anything less to hide.

For 1 lazy tart (a quick snack for 2 or a canapé for 4 – 6) you will need…
… to pre-heat the oven to 190˚C

1 x 220g sheet of ready-made all butter puff pastry
1 large sweet pear (such as Comice) peeled and very thinly sliced
50g Roquefort, cut or crumbled into pieces about the size of a hazelnut
25g walnut halves
10g salted butter

1.                 Using a sharp knife, score a line around the edge of the pastry sheet about 2cm from the edge, being careful not to cut all the way through.
2.                 Taking care to avoid the margin you’ve just created, arrange the pear slices in one layer on top of the pastry. At this point the tart looks very mean and you’ll be tempted to add more pear slices. Hold your nerve. The tart will be soggy if you overdo the fruit. Distribute the pieces of cheese evenly over the surface of the tart, followed by the walnut halves. Dot the pieces of pear with the salted butter. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 12 – 15 minutes until the pastry is golden and cooked through and the cheese melted. Serve hot or warm.

A cheesy snack for gourmet mice ;)


Variation: You could drizzle a little clear honey over the top of the cooked tart for a little hit of sweetness.
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17 comments:

Guru Uru said...

Lazy and tasty? You are my hero today :D
This looks incredible!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

Eha said...

You don't fancy cheese, I'm basically against most baked goods but LOVE cheese :) ! This however looks SO moreish it just has to be attempted: three of my favourite winter ingredients!!

Bridget said...

Yummie!! All my faves in a tart. Heavenly!

Vanessa @ Cakes and Teacups said...

Oh wow! I would love a slice of this now. Looks yummy....

Cucina49 said...

I really wish I didn't like cheese as much as I do, alas! What a fantastic-looking tart. This is right up my culinary alley.

Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake said...

That sounds like the most perfect combination of flavours and textures! Your tart looks fantastic, it did look a little like a pizza to me at the start. :P

Parsley Sage said...

Okay, first off...send me a defibrillator because this tart just stopped my heart from too much awesome.

And secondly...DON'T LIKE CHEESE THAT MUCH!? Send me a defibrillator because this tart just stopped my heart from too much shock and disbelief.

Linda A. Thompson Ditch said...

This looks like a pretty creative recipe for being a lazy one. And it also sounds like a lovely lunch or light supper option.

Lori Lynn said...

I appreciate the judicious amount of cheese.
The tart is lovely!
LL

cakewhiz said...

this may be a lazy tary but it sure doesn't look lazy! infact, it looks like countless hours were put into its preparation.... hehehe!

Purabi Naha said...

Wonderful tart and what a wonderful combination of flavours...This looks so tempting! I am already craving for this now.

Rosita Vargas said...

Muy exquisita luce estupenda,hugs,hugs.

Roz said...

Pears and Roquefort? And in a tart? This is insanely over the top . . . those two go together like two peas in a pod! Roguefort (or blue cheese) is in my frig at ALL times, even to just pull off a chunk and pop into my mouth! Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!!!!!

Grubarazzi said...

Triple wow! This is exactly the kind of food I love. I just want to make and eat the entire thing.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

Wonderful tart, I adore the combination of flavors and would definitely add the honey drizzle!

Aoife.D said...

Don't like cheese that much? Huh?? I don't understand. What's life without cheese?! This tart looks so fab, it's going straight on my to-make-soon list.

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

This post immediately caught my attention. It's easy with pie sheet and I love fruits, especially pear in the tart! I am running out of pie sheet (I use it frequently. :-)) so I have to get one for this tart!