This is a guest post by Dennis Consorte.
Spice up your traditional apple tart with cheese and make Rustic Apple Tarts. These cheesy apple tarts make for a unique yet delicious dessert. This recipe serves six and takes about 50 minutes from start to finish.
You will need traditional tart ingredients including
- 1 refrigerated unbaked pastry shell (1/2 of a 15-ounce package),
- 1/3 a cup of sugar,
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon,
- 2 tsp. of cornstarch,
- 3 medium apples, peeled cored and thinly sliced (4 cups)
- and 1 Tbsp. of butter cut into small pieces.
- You will also need 3 slices of Deli Style Sliced Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, diagonally sliced.
To make this recipe, begin by lining a 15×10-inch jelly roll pan with foil. Coat the foil lightly with cooking spray and unroll your pastry and place it on the pan.
Next, combine your sugar and cinnamon in a large bowl. Remove and reserve one tablespoon of the mixture. Then, stir your cornstarch into the remaining sugar mixture in the bowl. Add your apples and toss well. After that, mound the apples in the center of the pastry, leaving a 3-inch border around the edges. Dot the top of the apples with butter and fold up the edges of the pastry over the apples leaving a 4-inch diameter opening in the center of the tart, pressing down over the apples. Now, sprinkle your reserved sugar mixture evenly over the entire tart.
Bake your creative concoction in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the apples are tender.
Transfer the pan with the tart to a wire cooling rack and let it stand four 15 minutes. Finally, arrange your extra sharp cheddar over the tart and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut your tart into wedges and make sure you serve it warm.
This recipe may sound strange but it’s surprisingly delicious and you must be at least a little curious. The apple/cheddar combo is actually fairly common as the two ingredients complement each other well.