Cherry and Camembert Tart with puff pastry

CHERRY SEASON!

Cherry season has arrived yet again and Maluti Cherries have been floating around the whole of Lesotho.  I decided to treat myself the other day with a delicious Cherry and Camembert tart which I decided to share with you because it’s just too good not to!

INGREDIENTS:

Serves four

Ingredients:

1 sheet Puff Pastry

1 punnet Cherries

1 ripe Camembert Cheese

1 bottle Sweet Chilli Sauce

1 punnet fresh Coriander

1 punnet fresh Basil

1 egg

 

HOW TO:

  • Pre heat your oven to 200 degrees
  • Making sure your puff pastry is totally defrosted, use a rather large cookie cutter or circle and cut rounds out of the puff pastry.
  • Make sure that you have a slightly smaller cutter and place that over the circle that you’ve already cut out making a small indentation that is clearly visible.
  • Place your puff pastry discs on a well oiled or sprayed over try and brush lightly with egg.
  • Bake until golden brown
  • Once the puff pastry has cooled down, using a sharp kitchen knife, remove the top part of the circle cutting on the lines of the indentation previously made.  Push back any leftover pastry so that it creates a basket or hollow shell.
  • Wash your cherries and remove the seeds cutting down the centre of the cherry and using a knife to remove the seeds so that your cherry keeps its shape.
  • Cut your Camembert Cheese into quarters and place one quarter in the puff pastry sheet, place a couple of cherries on top and put back into the oven to allow the cheese to melt.
  • Once out of the oven, place the Tartlet on a plate, drizzle with a sweet chilli sauce and top it off with the remaining cherries and fresh herbs. Serve warm.

 

CHEFS TIPS:

  • This is an easy recipe and most people will enjoy the simplicity of this so you can change and chop as you see fit.
  • Try and use industrial puff pastry, but if you can’t find some then your typical Store bought today’s puff pastry will also suffice.
  • Don’t use sweetened cherries, if you buy canned cherries for those days that fresh cherries aren’t available.

 

COMPLIMENTS:

  • A Red Wine Reduction can be used instead of Sweet Chilli sauce; it gives it a little something extra.
  • A nice Bordeaux Wine will go beautifully with this dish.
  • Instead of using Camembert you can replace it with a lighter cheese such as a Mozzarella perhaps or a stronger cheese such as Gorgonzola.
  • You can also use traditional savoury tart cases instead of Puff Pastry.

This dish is as versatile as your imagination.  It’s simple, luscious and brand new.  Have fun with it and remember to enjoy every moment just like every bite you take!

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