Apple, goat cheese, honey and caramel tarts

Crunchy, creamy and sweet...what could be better?

Ooooh, these are just perfect for using up the frozen apple slices I have in the freezer! Gotta get ’em gone before the summer fruit season is on, or I will never have enough room for the strawberries and raspberries….and new apples coming up!

Apple, Goat Cheese, and Honey Tartlets

-serves 4-

Adapted from Bon Appétit, October 2007.

Ingredients

1 fourteen-ounce package puff pastry (single sheet), defrosted
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Scant 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 Gala apple, peeled, quartered, and sliced (or frozen apple slices, thawed)
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
Light dusting of ground allspice

Pot of goat cheese dulce de leche for drizzling, if you can find it!

Procedure

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Unfold the puff pastry onto a cutting board. Using a 5-inch cookie cutter (or an overturned bowl and a small, sharp knife), cut four 5-inch circles from the dough. Place the rounds on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Press a 3 1/2-inch cookie cutter into the center of each round, stopping 3/4 of the way down so that the outer and inner portions are still attached at the bottom. This will allow the outer ring to rise around the center. Pierce the inner section of each round all over with a fork.

2. Place the goat cheese, lemon juice and salt in a small bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds or until soft but not melted. Stir to combine well, then divide and spread over the inner section of each round. Top with overlapping apple slices, making sure to stay within the inner section of each round.

3. Combine the butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, or until the butter is almost melted. Stir to combine and complete the melting. (Be careful, as the honey gets hot surprisingly quickly.) Brush some honey butter over the entirety of each round. Dust lightly with ground allspice. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the pastry is nicely browned. Drizzle with goat cheese dulce de leche, which my sister generously brought us months ago!

4. Let the pastries cool slightly, then drizzle with additional honey if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Thank you to Serious Eats!

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