Thursday, 11 December 2014

Pear Puff Tart with Stilton and Walnuts

I was wondering, the other evening, what I could make to use up some pears that were sat in our fridge. I hate throwing away food and these pears were not going to be eaten unless I cooked something up with them - so my savoury pear tart was born......

I remembered seeing some savoury tarts/f'lans in a patisserie the other day, at little village near Bath, and I though I could easily do something like that especially as I had some ready made - and rolled - puff pastry - also sitting in the fridge!

Ingredients

1 sheet of pre-rolled puff pastry
3 firm pears
a large handful walnuts - halves broken into smaller bits
a large handful crumbled stilton
a jar of your favourite fruity chutney
chilli flakes
1 beaten egg or some milk
salt & pepper

Pre-heat oven to 200C/Gas 6

Gather together all your ingredients and slice the pears in to half inch slices lengthwise. The cut each slice in half and remove the core, seeds and any tough 'bits'.....


Lay your puff pastry out on a baking sheet (I lay it on to silicon paper) and grab a pizza cutter or knife score a line about an inch in from the edge - don't cut through the pastry just mark it.


Now spread about 2 dessertspoons of your chosen chutney onto the base - keeping within the lines - FYI I used a plum chutney.....


Sprinkle on about a third of your stilton chunks....


Lay on your pear slices - making sure you get loads on - so there is plenty for everyone!


Sprinkle on your chilli flakes - adding as little or as much as you want - or none at all!


add your walnut bits - make sure they are evenly distributed....


and then top off with the rest of your stilton, a sprinkle of salt and some black pepper....


egg wash around your edge or brush over with a little milk and then pop in your pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes.


Leave to cool slightly and then serve warm with a large green salad.

 pear and stilton tart

This flan is really versatile - it's yummy hot; lovely warm and very tasty cold. You can make it for a lunch; serve it with new potatoes and salad for a supper; you can take it on a picnic; you can make individual ones and serve it as a posh starter; and you can even cut it into bite size morsels to serve at a party.........wow all that from one very simple recipe......

Have a great Thursday
Love Lizx

p.s. have you started you Christmas decorations? Mine have started to gently drift into each room........