Mini Savoury Apple Tarts

Mini Savoury Apple Tarts

Mini Savoury Apple Tarts

News flash! Baking can be so very therapeutic! There has been a lot of strife in my work life lately. Stress levels have reached epic proportions and yoga classes just don’t seem to cut it. For a few days last week, I felt a nagging sensation bubbling up inside me: there was a deep craving, a need to get my hands on something malleable and create something beautiful, and uber-delicious in my kitchen! My brain was bursting with images of chocolate, sugar, pastry, cakes, and pies (and I rarely bake!). But then I found this savoury recipe in a binder where I collect ideas for future consideration. This recipe called out to my frazzled nerves and began to pull me away from the ugly tensions and power-plays of work, even before I had begun to bake. The moment I had my hands on the dough, a calmness settled over me. Butter and fresh rosemary became my tonic and apples and cheese, my escape. The aroma from my oven literally transported me and once baked, a single fork full made everything right in the world again! So my friends, there you have it! The next time I need a boost, I am heading to the kitchen and I am going to bake!

I am bringing a big plate of these warm, savoury apple tarts to Angie’s Fiesta Friday. I don’t know if any of the guests have had a stressful week, but if they have, they are sure to be lulled by these amazingly flavourful,  little tarts! And by the way, if you haven’t visited Fiesta Friday yet, get your butt over there! You will never ask yourself what you’re doing on a Friday night again!

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Mini Savoury Apple Tarts

 Ingredients:

Crust:

2 cups all-purpose flour

½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra for sprinkling)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon cornmeal

½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

½ teaspoon baking powder

¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces and chilled

¼ cup cold water

2 tablespoons sour cream

Filling:

1/3 cup apple butter

1/3 cup sour cream

3 cups Gala apples, peeled and diced

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped

½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped

½ cup medium cheddar cheese, grated

4 ounces Brie or Camembert cheese cut into 1 – inch slices

4 ounces Blue cheese, crumbled

1 egg yolk, mixed with 2 tablespoons water for egg wash

Method:

Crust:

In a food processor, combine flour, Parmesan, sugar, cornmeal, rosemary, and baking powder. Add the butter and cut in until a rough, crumbly texture.

Stir the water and sour cream together and add to the flour mixture. Combine just until the dough comes together.

Remove from the food processor and shape into 2 logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill until firm, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375° F. Line a large baking tray with parchment paper.

Filling:

Combine apple butter and sour cream. Set aside.

In a large bowl, toss apples, with sugar, green onion and rosemary.

Cut each log of dough into 15 discs. (Fewer if you want your tarts to be a bigger size)

On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disc into a circle to just under ¼ inch thick and about 3 inches across. Place on the prepared baking tray.

Place a dollop of the apple butter mixture in the centre of each dough circle. Spoon about 2 tablespoon of the apple mixture on top.

Top 10 tarts with a sprinkle of cheddar cheese; 10 tarts with a small slice of Brie; and 10 tarts with some of the crumbled Blue cheese.

Fold edges of the dough over the apples and cheese, leaving an opening in the centre. Brush pastry with egg wash.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Sprinkle with a bit of the grated Parmesan cheese at serving time.

Tarts can be prepared ahead of time and reheated at 325° F for 10 minutes.

These tarts are best served warm.

This recipe is from Chef Anna Olson. I found it in the Taste Magazine distributed by BC Liquor Stores. I don’t know the month or year. (Torn out of the magazine before I knew I would have to reference this information)

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91 Responses to “Mini Savoury Apple Tarts”

  1. Lori

    Sorry to hear that you have had a stressful week and that things have been hard at work Julianna! So glad cooking was refreshing for you! And these savory apple tarts are both adorable and delicious!!

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  2. Patty Nguyen

    I’ve always found that cooking/baking has a tendency to calm my frayed nerves as well. I hope you’re feeling a big better now. Your savory apple tarts look scrumptious! 😀

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey Adrea! Thanks for the lovely comment! Yup, apple is so wonderful with many different kinds of cheese. Give it a try and let me know what you think! 😀

      Reply
  3. sabine

    I totally agree – to me, kneading a yeast dough is THE therapy whenever something´s wrong….! Lovely combination in your tarts !

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    • chefjulianna

      Hey Sabine, isn’t it so comforting? It must be something in the primitive part of our brains…who knows, but it really works! 😀

      Reply
  4. Jhuls

    Even I didn’t have stressful week, I’d love to have these gorgeous and delish savoury apple tarts. What a beautiful treat to bring to FF. Thank you, Chef Julianna! Happy FF20! ❤

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      • Jhuls

        I wish I could bake everyday, Chef Julianna. It seems to be everyday is a stressful day for me. 😀 I hope you have a lovely week. ❤

  5. theseasonedtraveler

    These apple tarts look wonderful, and I love that they are savory with the cheese and herbs. Isn’t it great when cooking/baking melts all the stress away? I think I need to get my hands on some dough too and just create something beautiful as you’ve done. Have a lovely weekend!

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hey Laura! Yes, and I’m going to use it as a stress reliever again Look out FF!! 😀
      Looking forward to what you come up with too. You have a great week as well 😀

      Reply
  6. petra08

    Oh my! move over, shall firmly place myself next to these gorgeous sounding tarts and I can’t guarantee there will be any left!
    Seriously I love the sound of them, the apple and the cheese! It would even get me baking! Not sure I can make them look as pretty but would love to have a taste! Beautiful! 🙂

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Oh Petra, I have complete confidence in you!! They will be beautiful and delicious! Have a great week, my friend! 😀

      Reply
  7. illcookyouwash

    This looks so delicious, Julianna! My dad loves apples and I think I
    ll try this out this weekend for Father’s Day. I’m sorry your week was so stressful and I’m glad you found such a nice outlet to help you. Baking really is wonderful!

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Thanks Indira! I hope you get to make these for your dad and that he loves them as much as we did! Have a great week! 😀

      Reply
  8. Kaila511

    These tarts are beautiful, and perfect size for a sweet, small dessert! Thanks for sharing, and I must admit sometimes I find cooking therapeutic as well. (Other times, I wish I didn’t have to cook as often!) Have a wonderful weekend, and happy Fiesta Friday 🙂

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Well, that is so true! Sometimes I find the day to day cooking a bit tedious, but when I get to be creative, I just love it! Happy Fiesta Friday to you!

      Reply
  9. Sinfully Tempting

    I love the different combinations of ingredients in these apple tarts. They sound absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe at FF! 🙂

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  10. apsara

    Couldn’t agree more that baking is a stress reliever! Beautiful little tarts, love the filling.

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  11. Nancy

    Time spent in the kitchen is my favorite way to de-stress…unless it involves cake decorating, lol. Hope things level out for you soon, and a calmness will return, Julianna. 🙂
    The little tarts sound fabulous…and from the looks of them, there’s no doubt in my mind they are delicious. Yummy!

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hey Nancy! Thanks for your lovely comments! I’m with you on the cake decorating thing. Yes, a calmness will return soon, I’m sure…some things are just out of our hands But in the meantime, we can bake!! Hope you are feeling well and I wish you a good week! 🙂

      Reply
  12. Selma's Table

    Julianna, these sound amazing and I just love those blue plates too. Sorry you’ve had a stressful week but yay for the stress busting powers of pastry! Wonderful looking tarts – bookmarking!

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    • chefjulianna

      So glad you like my little plates, Selma. I have been waiting to photograph some thing on them for some time now and I think it really works! Thanks for your support! 😀

      Reply
  13. Arl's World

    I love anything with apples. I love the combo of cheese and apples …I sometimes put a slice of cheese on my apple pie. These look so appetizing! I hope you made a lot of them for this hungry crowd Julianna! Here is hoping your weekend is very peaceful. 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      Oh I made a massive mound of them for the FF goers! Our numbers have been increasing too, have you noticed? Happy Fiesta Friday to you too, Arl!

      Reply
  14. Fae's Twist & Tango

    Happy Fiesta Friday #20, Julianna! These tarts are so~ cute and perfect. I love the recipe for the crust and I am so intrigued with the recipe for the filling. I should give it a try, because I know everything you make is special! 😛

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Oh, thanks so much, Fae! Coming from you, I take that as a huge compliment! I do hope you give the recipe a try and let me know what you think! Thanks so much for being a lovely co-host this week! I feel like we are in excellent hands with you and Suzanne!

      Reply
  15. Ahila

    While I love apples in cakes and tarts, I have never had a savoury apple tart before. I must try out this recipe sometime. Have a lovely weekend, Julianna! 🙂

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hi Ahila. I am finding that many people haven’t tried a savoury tart before, but I highly recommend the combination! Have a great week. 🙂

      Reply
  16. apuginthekitchen

    Those tarts are absolutely gorgeous. I love that they are savory. Apples can go either way and I love that about them. Hope you have a great and relaxing weekend.

    Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hey Suzanne. I wanted to thank you for being one of our lovely co-hosts this week. I feel like we are in such good hands with you and Fae at the helm!! Glad you like the look of the tarts – I couldn’t stop “sampling” them 🙂 You have a wonderful weekend too 😀

      Reply
  17. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs

    Oh Julianna…I’m so sorry that stress levels are so high… that’s just not good…but I’m glad you found a way to relieve that stress. And my goodness…what beautiful tartlets you made! They sound so delicious, and I’m in love with those plates. Absolutely gorgeous photos… I just love everything about this post….except…for your stress! ❤

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    • chefjulianna

      Oh thanks so much for your kind words, Prudy! Well stress comes and goes, doesn’t it? I just want this to be gone!! But FF and all of my wonderful bloggy friends really help too! Glad you like the look of the tart and the photos! Happy FF to you! 😀

      Reply
    • chefjulianna

      Hi MB! Well, I do love the silver lining more than anything! The stress will go away, soon I hope! You have a wonderful weekend too! 😀

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    • chefjulianna

      This is a big challenge indeed, but let me know what you come up with. I’d be very interested to know. Have a great week! 🙂

      Reply
  18. Noony

    Baking always makes me feel better. I think it has to do with feeling creative and useful, not to mention the physical action of kneading (if kneading is required). I should make more time for it!

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    • chefjulianna

      I agree with you! I think I am going to start making some of the wonderful yeast and herb recipes from the last challenge. Many of those involve kneading and look so delicious. Wow, that would be the equivalent of months of therapy!! LOL!

      Reply
  19. catherinecuisine

    Hello Julianna! I knew this was your creation as soon as i saw these little tarts on FF #20! We can see your special touch in the way they look 🙂 What a lovely idea…. cheese + apples AND rosemary in the crust… wow!

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  20. indusinternationalkitchen

    wow these look so delicious and enticing, Julianna ! And so sorry to hear about your work stress! I agree with you that baking and cooking can help relieve stress…it works for me too! That is exactly the reason I cook and bake vigorously some days despite having a busy day at work! Anyways, I do hope the stress levels at your workplace subside! Take care my friend! If it’s any comfort I am in the same boat myself! 🙂

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    • chefjulianna

      Hi Indu. Thanks so much for the very kind comment. And I’m sorry to hear that you are in the same boat too! Well, here’s to baking – the stress buster! I could think of far worse ways to relieve stress. I hope you have a wonderful week with less stress! 😀

      Reply
  21. Chhapan Bhig

    Hey Juliana,got to know about your blog from one of my foodie friend.. It’s a n amazing work..
    Loved these apple tarts on my to do list… 🙂

    Reply

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