tarts

Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart with a Quinoa Crust *gluten-free 

I love this tart! It’s easy, simple and delicious.  And did I mention it’s vegetarian?

I’ll be honest, I was skeptical of my 6 year old son liking this tart due to the ‘green spinach’ layer under all that goat cheese but he devoured it for dinner alongside a vegetable soup. Yay!

It’s relatively easy if you follow my steps below and the pastry is quick and you can press it into the tart pan without having to fuss about rolling it out.  Easy peasy weeknight dinner sorted, great for meatless Mondays!

It’s the perfect main course served with a nice side salad or sliced into small squares or wedges and served as appetizers.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!

*And don’t forget, if you make this tart using my recipe below, please tag it #hautesucre on your social media accounts as I would love to see it!😊

Spinach and Goat Cheese Tart with a Quinoa Crust Recipe

Ingredients:

Crust:

1 cup quinoa flour

3/4 cup all purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)

3/4 cup cold butter, chopped

3-4 tablespoons cold water

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1 4×14 tart pan with a removable bottom 

Method:

1. Combine all the ingredients into a small food processor and pulse into a dough has formed.

2. Roll onto a flour surface or press the dough into a tart pan with a removable bottom. Set aside.

3. Preheat oven to 425°F

Filling:

Ingredients:

2 cups baby spinach

3 garlic cloves

1 large egg

1/4 cup cream

Salt

Pepper

Fresh thyme

200 grams fresh goat’s cheese

*Dried shallots (optional garnish or add to filling)

Method:

1. In a small food processor, add the spinach, garlic, egg and cream.  Pulse until the spinach breaks down and the egg is combined. Add the salt, pepper and fresh thyme.

2. Pour the filling into the prepared crust and smooth evenly.

3. Crumble the goat cheese over top the filling covering completely.

4. Bake for 30 minutes.

5. Remove and let cool 15 minute before cutting.

Enjoy!😊

Apple Pie

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For some, Autumn is a sad reminder that summer is over, but for me it is the pleasant and sweet smell of caramelized apples oozing out of the pie crust. Just as the leaves are starting to turn colour and start to fall to the ground; the orchards are filled with ripe apples to be picked and the air becomes cool and crisp.

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Autumn also reminds me of when I arrived in Paris at the beginning of a new adventure as I was about to start the fall semester at the Le Cordon Bleu. One of the first things I learnt to make at Le CordonBleu was an apple tart baked in a bottomless ring.

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Some of the simple techniques I learned  included how to properly peel and slice an apple; the perfect thickness of the slice and the most presentable size. So many miniscule details to make the perfect dessert.

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All of these things stay with you and sometimes when you bake familiar things, it evokes these wonderful memories and take your dessert to a whole new level.

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Last week I baked an apple pie with my 4 year old son,  Xander.  He loves to help in the kitchen and he has a soft spot for pies, especially in his tummy.  I’m so impressed that he’s almost mastered crimping the pie shell.  I hope he will remember and cherish these memories that we are creating together and I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. :)🍏🍎

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Apple Pie Recipe:

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Pie Crust:

Makes 2 single crusts or 1 double crust

2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 tblsp sugar
1 cup butter
1/4 cup or less cold water

Pulse the flour, salt, sugar and butter. Slowly add just enough water until the dough is combined.

Flatten and chill until ready to use.

Blind bake at 400F for 20 min or until brown 
*Do not pre-bake for Apple tart or Apple Pie

Apple Pie Filling:

4-5 apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced (any variety but I generally use a mix of red + green)
1/2 cup sugar
3 tblsp maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla bean paste or extract
2 tblsp flour
1 tblsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup butter, chopped

For the top:

1/4 cup cream (or egg wash)
Raw sugar for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 425°F

In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon,  salt, vanilla and flour.  Toss to evenly combine and layer into the pie dish.  Dot with the chopped butter.

Roll out your second pie shell and crimp the edges with the base layer overhang to create a sealed crust.  If you have any pastry leftover, you can make cutouts and decorate the top.

If you want to keep your pie eggless,  brush cream all over the pie crust (and edges) with a pastry brush and generously sprinkle the raw sugar over top.

With a sharp knife, make slits in a decorative pattern and bake in your preheated oven for approximately 40 minutes or until the crust is golden.

Let cool before slicing.  Enjoy! 

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Caramelized Coconut + Walnut Pandan French Toast

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Caramelized Coconut Walnut Pandan French Toast Recipe

1 extra large egg + 3 tblsp eggwhites
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
4-6 slices coconut pandan bread

2 tblsp melted butter
Maple syrup

Whisk the egg + eggwhites, add the sugar, coconut milk,  ground cinnamon,  and vanilla. Set aside.

In a frying pan, melt 1 tsp butter .
When the pan is hot, quickly dip a bread slice into the egg mixture, covering both sides and add to your hot pan. Cook for a few minutes until golden and then flip to cook the other side.
Once browned,  spoon over 1 tsp of maple syrup and ensure the top of the slice is coated. Quickly flip (on high heat) and sear for 1 minute to create a caramelized crust.   Repeat with the other side.
Put it onto a plate and top with fresh berries and more maple syrup, if desired. 
Repeat with remaining slices of bread until the egg mixture is used up.

*Take note that creating a maple crust will make it sweeter, so you may not want the additional sweetness. Enjoy! 🙂

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Puff Pastry Tarts

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I’m holding onto summer, the best way I know how.  To eat an abundance of in-season fruits and veggies and turning them into some of the easiest desserts ever, simple and delicious.
You don’t need a lot here, grab your favourite fresh fruits and some puff pastry and you’re ready to go!

This is a basic recipe for in season Ontario nectarines, sweet black mission figs and raspberries. You can’t go wrong with any combination.  Enjoy! 🙂

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Puff Pastry Tarts:

1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
3-4 nectarines,  sliced
5 black mission figs,  sliced
1/4 cup raspberries
1/4 cup blueberries
*Jam (optional)
Raw sugar for
Maple syrup (for the glaze)

Preheat oven to 425° F

Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the puff pastry on top.  With a sharp knife, section the sheet into 3 long rectangles.

Score the edges and top 2 rectangles with the sliced nectarines and raspberries or blueberries in desired pattern.

Arrange the sliced figs on the third and scatter with raspberries.
Sprinkle raw sugar over the top and bake for approx 25 minutes or until golden and the pastry has risen.
Glaze the top of the tarts with the maple syrup with a pastry brush.  Slice into pieces just before serving or when fruit has set.
Top with fresh whipped maple cream or serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.  Enjoy! 🙂

*optional ~ you can brush the base of the pastry with your favourite jam before topping with fruit.

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Summer Zucchini Tart

image Recipe: 1 sheet of puff pastry,  thawed 1 large zucchini,  sliced into thin ribbons with a mandolin 100 grams sheep’s feta Fleur de sel (or kosher salt) Fresh black pepper Herbs de Provence Olive oil Fresh rosemary sprigs Preheat oven to 425° F Line a baking sheet with parchment Roll out your puff pastry and sprinkle some feta and drizzle a little bit of olive oil. Place an even layer of zucchini ribbons over the pastry and  then sprinkle with salt, pepper,  herbs de Provence, olive oil,  and feta. Repeat layers with remaining zucchini. Top with fresh rosemary sprigs and bake for approx 25 min or until golden brown and the pastry has risen. Slice when slightly cooled. Great as a main or as an appetizer. Enjoy! 20140724-143555-52555255.jpg