Brunch · Dinner · lunch · Mains

Pear & Dolcelatte Tart

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I am sooo excited about this recipe! Obviously, anything with cheese in always appeals to my inner cheese monster but the combination of the tangy dolcelatte and  sweet and juicy pear is just delicious, and I can’t think of anything better to serve this festive season. I recently made a batch of these and froze half as they can easily be cooked from frozen in around 20 mins perfect for a quick dinner or when unexpected guests arrive!

Ingredients: makes 4 individual tarts

  • pre-rolled puff pastry sheet
  • 125g dolcelatte
  • 2 pears cored and sliced with the skins left on
  • 1 brown onion sliced
  • 4 tbsp. soft cheese
  • 2 big sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsp. pinenuts
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 egg beaten

And how to do it:

Place the pears on a baking tray with the butter and drizzle the honey on top. Roast the pears on a medium heat for around 20 mins until the pears have softened. Remove from the oven, drain off the butter and honey juice and keep to one side then allow the pears to cool.

On a medium heat fry the diced onion and thyme in the butter and honey juice until the onion has softened and become slightly caramelized then allow to cool.

Dice up the dolcelatte and add to a mixing bowl along with the soft cheese and onion mixture, season with salt and pepper and mix well.

Toast the pinenuts in a dry pan until golden brown.

Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares/rectangles and place on a greased baking tray.

Evenly divide the dolcelatte mixture and place in the centre of each puff pastry square. Top the dolcelatte mixture with the sliced pears and pinenuts.

Pull each corner of the puff pastry sheet into the centre of the square.

Beat the egg and glaze each puff pastry tart with the beaten egg.

Bake the tarts on 190 c for around 25 mins or until golden brown

Serve with the salad of your choice…dyl-icious!!

Brunch · Dinner · lunch · Mains

Fig, Goats Cheese & Caramelized Onion Pizza

 

Although I do prefer to go to the farm shop in Skipton for my food shopping it just isn’t always possible, it’s at least a 2-hour round trip which can drastically cut in to my cooking time. So, I’ve been shopping at Aldi quite a lot recently and I’m loving their super six fruit and vegetable special buys which are such good value and encourage me to vary my shop and not be so bloody predictable. This lead to my discovery of the fig! I don’t know where figs have been all my life, but I have been seriously missing out and it is quite possible things might just get a little fig crazy here for the next few weeks as I let my obsession play out.

Usually I like to make my own pizza dough but this week I tried Aldi’s pre-rolled pizza dough and must admit I am really impressed with it, not only does it taste great there is also enough dough to make 2 decent sized pizzas and its great value for money.

So here it is ridiculously tasty fig, goats cheese & caramelized onion pizza.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 figs sliced into quarters
  • 75g soft goats cheese sliced
  • 75g mozzarella either grated or sliced
  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • good pinch of castor sugar
  • 4 tbsp. pizza sauce (homemade or store bought)
  • 1 pizza base (homemade or store bought)
  • handful of fresh basil to serve (optional)

And how to do it…

Grease your pizza tray with a drizzle of olive oil and roll your dough out onto it.

Add butter, red onion slices & castor sugar to a frying pan. Fry the onions until soft and caramelized around 4-5 mins.

Top your pizza base with pizza sauce then add the caramelized onions, mozzarella, goats cheese and figs.

Bake the pizza in the oven at 180 degrees for around 25 mins or until the base is firm and the cheese is bubbly and hot.

Top with fresh basil & serve with your favourite salad…dyl-icious!!

 

Brunch · lunch · Starters

Mushroom and Walnut Pate

My husband, being the carnivore that he is, loves a good traditional meat based pate but quite honestly the thought of blended liver really freaks me out. I can’t bring myself to even try the stuff let alone start cooking and blending the livers myself (i’d do almost anything for the husband but this is just not one of them…sorry babe!)

Fear not it’s mushroom and walnut pate to the rescue! Not only is it quick and easy to make its also pretty damn great and can be used for much more than just a pate why not give my courgette & mushroom parcels ago.

 

And here’s how to do it…

Ingredients: Serves 4 people

  • 250g chestnut mushrooms chopped
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 clove of garlic finely chopped or crushed
  • 1/3 grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup light soft cheese
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (retain a pinch for garnishing)
  • ciabatta loaf cut into slices
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • balsamic glaze optional

 

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized frying pan. Add the onions, garlic and thyme. Cook stirring occasionally until the onions are soft and caramelized.

Next add the mushrooms to pan as well as salt and pepper to taste and cook on low until the mushrooms are tender around 4-5 mins. Remove from heat and allow to cool for around 10-15 mins.

After the mushroom mixture has cooled drain off any excess liquid from the pan and place the mushrooms in a blender (or in my case my smoothie maker). Add the chopped toasted walnuts, Parmesan, soft cheese and blend. Personally i only lightly blend the mixture as i kinda it slightly lumpy but each to their own go for whatever consistency you prefer.

Refrigerate  for around 30 mins before serving.

Finally toast the ciabatta slices, load up with pate, drizzle with balsamic glaze, sprinkle with toasted walnuts and enjoy…dyl-icious!!

This mushroom and walnut pate also tastes incredible with a little crumbled feta on top, obviously you can never have too much cheese!!