Pear & Blue Cheese Tart

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    Recipe & Photo by Jana @the_macpherson_diaries

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 sheets flaky puff pastry
    • 1 egg
    • 2 – 3 tablespoons Tamarillo & Plum Chutney 
    • 3 Pears
    • 150g Blue Cheese
    • 2 sprigs of thyme, optional
    • Salt & pepper
    • Garnish – flat-leaf parsley

    METHOD

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
    2. Get out the baking tray that will go in the oven, as your pastry base needs to fit on here
    3. Sprinkle some flour on your bench and overlap your pastry over each other by 1-2 cm in the middle and seal using a rolling pin
    4. Slice a little pastry off the top to make it into a rectangle and make sure it fits on your baking tray
    5. Place your pastry onto your lined baking tray and with a knife, score a border 1 cm in from the end. Don’t go right through the pastry. Prick the middle of the pastry 12-15 times with a fork so it does not puff up too much when cooking
    6. Take your egg and mix a little with a fork, with a pastry brush, brush the edges of the pastry
    7. Bake for 10-20 mins until lightly golden on the edges (it is going back in the oven -with the filling in soon)
    8. While the pastry is cooking, slice your pears, I like to do mine in cheeks. To do this, slice the cheeks off the pear, cutting the core out, then slice the cheeks into slices around 3 mm (you don’t have to be fussy with the thickness, just a guideline)
    9. When the pastry comes out of the oven leave for a few minutes, then you are ready to assemble
    10. Spread your Tamarillo & Plum Chutney over the base, leaving the edges bare
    11. Take your thyme and sprinkle the leaves over the pear
    12. Now the blue cheese, break into pieces, around a tablespoon size, and distribute over the tart
    13. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and place in the oven to bake until golden. Around 15-20 minutes
    14. Sprinkle with chopped flatleaf parsley and serve
    15. Delicious with a big green salad
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