Goats cheese, blue berry tarts – the recipe
I know the title says ice cream magazine but sometimes a little savoury before the sweet cleanses, tempts and re-inspires the palette.
The following bite size pastries use sharp yet soft goats cheese we use Sharphams Ticklemore (brilliant name) or Riverside Goats cheeses from Woolfardisworthy (on the subject of brilliant names) and the blueberry jam comes from Dartmoor. Its flavour is made excellent with fresh zingy lime.
Larger open tarts can be made and served with confit shallots and crunchy walnuts for a lush lunch. Lightly dress an endive salad with a lime and walnut vinaigrette. Serve with inexpensive bubbles or a Sauvignon blanc.
A marriage made in Devon.
Use all butter puff or short crust ( bought of homemade )
Blueberry jam, frozen blueberries boiled to make a jam with lime and a decent soft goats cheese are all that are required to make these.
Cut discs of pastry and place into pattie tins.
Add goats cheese to the centre, no need to blind bake simply place in a medium oven, on the middle shelf.
The fragrant goats cheese start will begin to melt and schmooze its way into the buttery pastry.
Keep watching after about 5-7 minutes ( depending on your oven ) they should start to become golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and add about a teaspoon of the blueberry conserve, or what ever tangy sweet compote you are using.
Bake again until lightly golden brown and the sweet magma top has melted.
Remove from the oven and place carefully on a cooling rack. Do NOT taste one yet, think boiling sugar, and now is a good time to carefully add a couple of fresh blueberries if you have. Good for freshness and texture.
For ‘party posh’ flay ( shake lightly from above ) a little confectioners/icing sugar and then grate over the zest of fresh lime before placing them on a funky glass serving platter or tier of cake stand. (Other ideas will arrive under amuse bouche, pre dessert and canapé asap).
Tip: Suggest make more that you had planned including sufficient to cover chefs perks and interested parties that always help themselves, they are yummy and disappear all too swiftly.