Fall is officially here. And while we try to cling on some more late summer days we are also looking forward to autumn produce, cozy cooking evenings and hefty food to warm the soul. Our favorite harbinger of fall have always been apples. Packed with vitamins to prepare our immune system for colder days this classic, yet delicious and juicy fruit is super versatile. You can use it in salads, soups, cakes, baked or fresh, in savory or sweet dishes.
With their first appearance in the Garden Eden, apples have been cultivated since the beginning of time and became a fruit basket staple. One more reason to love apples is because of their pretty names; Golden Delicious , Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Gala & Honey Crips are only few. Check out Good Eggs for some crispy, sweet local apple deliciousness and varieties like Newton Pippin or Spitzenberg you won’t easily find elsewhere.
To tune in for the season of apple picking and hot apple cider I’m sharing an easy apple-goat cheese tart you can enjoy on a lazy Sunday morning or to bring to your next potluck brunch. Gala apples and goat cheese create the perfect sweet and savory mix with a hint of honey and thyme. This apple-goat cheese tart tart will make it easier to let summer go and dash into fall magic.
APPLE GOAT CHEESE TART
1 stick butter, soft and chopped
½ cup brown sugar
2/3 cup agave syrup
2 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
4-5 gala apples ( you can use any other apples too)
8 oz soft goat cheese
3 tbsp cream cheese
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp brown sugar
honey to drizzle
2 springs fresh thyme
1 tbsp butter, melted
To make the dough place the butter and the sugar in a bowl and beat with an eclectic mixer until the mixture is soft and creamy. About 5-7 minutes.
Add agave syrup, flour and baking soda and beat until the mixture starts to come together. Use your hands to make a smooth dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile combine goat cheese, cream cheese and mild and whisk to make a smooth cream. Set aside.
Roll the dough out already on the baking sheet into about ½ thick circle.
Spread the goat cheese mix evenly onto the dough leaving about 1” border.
Place apples on top, sprinkle with sugar, drizzle with a little bit honey and top with some thyme. Fold the edge, place in the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.