Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Baking ! Apple and Feta Walnut Honey Tart



I haven't been a good blogger for a few months now. I've been erratic and very moody. That's showing in my cooking too sometimes. I have no excuse, just that I needed time out for myself. Having said that, I am today, feeling better about things and am going to challenge myself to a post off.

Blogging is therapy. Cooking is therapy. And I feel stupid that I didn't pursue it thataway. Instead I looked at it as a chore, which was by far the stupidest thing I've done in a while. So as I get back to full time blogging, I realise I'm going to have to be a lot more honest and a lot more out there with what I make.

So I start with a recipe which has been languishing with me for a bit. The apple feta and walnut tart drizzled with a spot of honey. The idea behind this recipe was to be making a sweet version and a savoury version using almost the same ingredients - because apples can easily be both tart and sweet.



But the really hero in this recipe is the honey, yes it sweetens the deal but it also makes the tart more savoury. I think this makes for an excellent appetizer as it does for a part of a buffet meal. The saltiness of the feta works so well against the apples, because as we've always known apple and feta is a match made in heaven. The crunch of the walnut with the liquid goodness of the honey works so well against the puff pastry.

In a way this is a two part deal - because I will be posting a sweet apple tart as well - in a few days.

You can make your puff pastry from scratch using this recipe, but I always have some handy in my freezer because I like to make a few batches and keep. You never know when you have unexpected guests at home and you need to roll out a tart in a matter of minutes.




Apple & Feta Honey Walnut Tart

Ingredients
For 4 individual tarts

250 grams puff pastry recipe here
4 tbslps feta cheese
2 apples
2 tblsps roasted walnuts
4 tsps honey
1 egg - for egg wash (or use cream instead)

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
2. Roll out the puff pastry into a thin rectangle. Cut into four pieces.
3. Score along the boundary of the puff pastry sort of making a little moat along with edges. This is so that the edges rise well.
4. Into each tart spoon in one tablespoon of feta cheese. Drizzle half a tsp of honey on each.
5.Meanwhile slice the apples as thinly as possible. And arrange on top of the feta. and honey Sprinkle walnuts on top.
5. Brush the edges with egg wash and set it into bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
6. Once the pastry is browned on the edges, take it out and drizzle with the remaining honey just before serving.



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