Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tarts

Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tart
Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I have been sorting out my ingredients and shopping lists for a Wedding this weekend (the full details are in an up and coming post) that I am making the Vegetarian canapes and mains and salads for 11 wedding guests.

Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tart
Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was working through my recipes and it was staring me in the face, these wonderful buttery, puff pastry tarts with blue cheese, pears and walnuts, mmm, oh yes, delicious.

I often serve these tarts, as they are a great crowd pleaser, the richness of the blue cheese and the sweetness of the poached pears.

 

This recipe is a great go-to recipe, as it only takes some puff pastry, poached pears and some creamy blue cheese.

Which reminds me……

About 2 years ago, I was serving the tarts as a starter for guests we had coming to stay over for 1 night. We had gone to the supermarket in the Saturday morning to buy the weeks shopping and the food for the following evening when our guests were due to arrive.

It was a very nice day and we went off to a Chinese buffet restaurant for a lunch, and made the most of the buffet items, going back for 2nd helpings. We headed back home, unpacked all the bags and settled down to enjoy the evening with a little glass of wine and a bit of TV.

Just then the telephone rang at 7.15 pm, it was the guests to say they were 20 minutes away………..OMG  I got the date wrong, luckily the room was ready and of course we had all the shopping in……

So it was all hands to the pump, we went into work mode and started the food preparations.

The guests arrived, I showed them to their room and told them to come to the dinning room when they were ready.

The starters were these individual Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tarts, cutting the puff pastry sheets into the ideal size for individual tarts, then topping the pastry with the wonderful sweet poached pear slices and then the final flourish was the broken pieces of walnuts added to the top, then it was in the oven for 20 minutes, enough time to brown the puff pastry and to melt the cheese…. mmmmm…….. I can smell the aroma now.

We had another 3 courses to prepare, mains, cheese and dessert. As I have said already we had just been to the supermarket a few hours before and I knew what the menu was, of course, so it was just getting everything on the plates without the guests realising I wasn’t expecting them to the following day……

The tarts are wonderful for lunch and starters, you have the classic combination of the blue cheese, sweet pears and the creamy crunch of the walnuts.

You will have to take my word for it, but I can assure you that the guests thoroughly enjoyed their starter that evening, and so have the others that have also had the pleasure of enjoying them too.

I hope you enjoy this recipe, it is one of my favorites

 

Blue Cheese, Pear & Walnut Tart
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Buttery puff pastry tarts with Blue Cheese, poached pears and walnuts.
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4 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Blue Cheese, Pear & Walnut Tart
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Buttery puff pastry tarts with Blue Cheese, poached pears and walnuts.
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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  1. Pre-heat oven to 220°C.
  2. Roll out the puff pastry and cut out four circles. With a sharp pointed knife, carefully score a circle 1cm in from the edge of each disk. Place on a greased baking sheet
  3. Open the tin of pears and thinly slice them in the lengths.
  4. Crack and chop the walnuts for the topping.
  5. Place 5-6 slices of pears in a circle on to the prepared puff pastry circle, then crumble the blue cheese of them and then the walnuts.
  6. Bake in the centre of the oven for 15-20 minutes or so until the pastry has puffed up around the edges and is golden.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare a fresh green salad in a bowl and drizzle with a light dressing, (lemon oil, truffle oil).
  8. Remove the tarts from the oven and place in the centre of your serving plate. Place a small scoop of the green salad on top and serve immediately.
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16 thoughts on “Blue Cheese, Pear and Walnut tarts”

  • This looks like such an interesting combination! I am not a big blue cheese person, so I may try this substituting brie. YUM! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

    • Yes, it is great as a starter or main dish, its down to the size of the tart. I have made a large tart and cut it into triangles and it still looks fantastic on a plate with a little salad on the side.

  • Wow! Sounds like you really kept it together with your early guests!

    This sounds wonderful and I’m sure my husband would really enjoy them! I have recently, for health reasons, had to go gluten-free and haven’t yet came up with a gluten-free replacement for puff pastry. Pinning your recipe for later when I figure that out!

    • Hi, there are a number of options to make gluten free puff pastry, rye and spelt flour are good substitutes, I will post a recipe soon.

  • Oh My!! What’s not to love about this, I mean really, pears, blue cheese and pastry dough..YUMMY Yum Yum!!! I can’t wait to fix this up on our cold wet evening.

  • Anything blue cheese and walnuts is on my “yum” list. And pears or strawberries or blueberries always enhance these for me on salads as well. I eat a salad with these ingredients pretty much in every restaurant and every night at home. Love the tart idea too! Sounds delicious and decadent indeed!

    • Thanks, its amazing how adding fruit to salads is such a positive enhancement. I use orange and grapefruit on salads too, a great addition.

    • I think what makes this recipe is the sweetness of the pears and the saltiness of the blue cheese, and then the buttery puff pastry just rounds it all off.

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