Friday, October 28, 2011

Camembert Tarte with Pears

With the change of the seasons the smell of change is in the air and this means busy, busy times over here in Berlin. That's why I haven't been cooking much new stuff lately.
But I thought I share this nice recipe here with you. I made the tarte shortly after the calvados chicken (previous post) cause I had plenty of cidre left. And there is some of it required in this tarte, as well.
I found the recipe in the lates issue of Lust auf Genuss mag, again.
I love tartes and quiche and savory cakes! They look pretty, taste good and are so French!
Also camembert in combination with apples and/or pears is so, so good, 
and the tarragon (I LOVE TARRAGON!) is so aromatic and adds a wonderful flavour to it. 

What you need:

either a square (28x12cm/11x5inch) or round (∅28cm/11inch) tarte baking tin.

250g / 2 cups all-purpose flour
salt, pepper
75ml / 1cup water
50g / 2oz. cold butter
dried pulses for blind-baking
2 sprigs tarragon
3 pears (à approx. 100g / 4oz.)
1-2 tsb lemon juice
250g / 9oz. Camembert 
200g / 7oz. sour cream
4 Tbsp cidre (alternatively apple juice)
2 eggs


Mix flour with 1/2 tsp salt. Cut the butter in flakes and mix into the flour.
Add 75ml water and, using your hands, knead everything to a smooth dough.
Form the dough to a ball, wrap it up in plastic foil and cool in the fridge for at approx. 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180°C.

Grease the baking tin.
On a floured surface roll out the dough so that it is a little bigger than the baking tin.
Place the dough in the baking tin and press on the edges. Prick the bottom with a fork several times.
Cover the bottom with baking paper and place the dried pulses on top of it.

Pre-bake/blind-bake in the middle of the preheated oven for approx 15minutes.
Take the dough out of the oven, remove the pulses and baking paper and let it cool down.

Pull off the tarragon leaves from the sprigs. Wash the pears, halve them, remove the cores and cut them along their length into thin slices. Sprinkle the slices with lemon juice.
Remove the rind from the camembert and cut the cheese into slices.  Mix sour cream, cidre, eggs and tarragon leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Place first the pears then the camembert slices on the bottom of the pre-baked dough. Pour the egg-tarragon-cream over it and let the tarte bake in the middle of the oven for about 20-25minutes.
Last but not least, let the tarte cool down for 5 minutes before serving.

Et voilà!

Even though this tarte is more of a savory meal, the pairs add quite a bit of sweetness to it. Therefore you're actually best to have it for dessert, paired with a nice digestif or dessert wine.


I thought the dough tasted pretty bland. Next time I definitely would add more salt and some sugar to it, and maybe use whole wheat flour. I could have also baked it longer...both just the dough, 
and the whole tarte.

The other thing was that it was far too much egg-tarragon-cream for the tarte. It almost felt like a quiche.
I'd rather pour less over the dough or use a bigger baking tin. Maybe it works better with a square one. 

Last but not least, I would always recommend to take nicely riped camembert. It's harder to remove the rind, cause it's so soft. So what you don't get removed I would just leave on. But I was thinking that a second strong cheese would be a nice addition, as well. I was thinking about grated gruyere or parmesan to sprinkle on top...

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