Pear and Fig Tarts with Goat Cheese and Honey

Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain goat cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 sheets puff pastry dough
  • 5 thinly sliced pears or a handful of fresh figs
  • 1 tablespoon of honey for topping
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat together goat cheese, egg, 3 tablespoons of honey, and the vanilla. Place in the refrigerator while preparing the puff pastry.
  3. Roll the pastry slightly and cut into ten 4-5" squares. Score a border into the pastry squares about ½" from the edge being careful not to cut all the way through. Dock the center of the square with a fork.
  4. Spread the cheese mixture into the inner square of each pastry piece. Top with a half pear fanned across the opening. Refrigerate or freeze for 10 minutes before baking.
  5. Bake at 425ºF for 10 minutes, then turn down the oven to 375ºF and continue baking another 10-15 minutes until pastry is golden brown and pears are soft and tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  6. For fig tarts, arrange sliced fresh figs across the top of baked tart. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with chopped rosemary before serving.
Notes
Alternatively, you can use pre-made puff pastry tart shells and fill them with the mixture rather than creating your own.
Author: Shaina Olmanson
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Recipe by Food for My Family at http://foodformyfamily.com/recipes/pear-and-fig-tarts-goat-cheese-honey