Beefy Pear, Roquefort, and Walnut Free-Form Tarts Recipe

Beefy Pear, Roquefort, and Walnut Free-Form Tarts Recipe
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Beefy Pear, Roquefort, and Walnut Free-Form Tarts

Helene Dujardin

Beefy Pear, Roquefort, and Walnut Free-Form Tarts

This free-form savory/sweet tart (aka a galette) is drenched in the pungent flavors of the Mediterranean. Local honey and fresh lemon juice provide the sauce that gently envelops soft Bartlett pears and toothsome walnuts. Bresaola — air-dried salted beef that hails from Italy — gives it beefy depth and chew. It all gets topped off with mild Roquefort cheese and a generous dusting of freshly ground black pepper.

8
Servings
450
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

For the savory pastry

  • sticks unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour, preferably White Lily, plus more for dusting
  • 2  teaspoons  sea salt or kosher salt
  • 2  teaspoons  dried thyme
  • 3  tablespoons  ice-cold water, or just enough to hold the pastry together

For the tart

  • firm-ripe Bartlett pears, cored and sliced thinly
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4  cups  coarsely chopped dried apricots
  • slices bresaola, chopped coarsely
  • 3/4  cups  coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4  cups  local honey
  • 1  teaspoon  coarsely ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of  salt
  • Dash of  cinnamon, generous
  • 2  tablespoons  flour, plus more for rolling the dough
  • egg wash (1 egg yolk, pinch of salt, and splash of water, blended)
  • 1/2  cup  crumbled Roquefort or other mild blue cheese

Directions

For the savory pastry

Place the butter in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the freezer and let stand for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse 10-12 times (or blend in a bowl with a pastry blender). Cut the butter into ¼-inch cubes and place in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse 40-50 times quickly, just until it resembles the size of very coarse sand or sea salt. (With a pastry blender it takes about the same number of times cutting the butter into the flour.) Add the thyme.

Next, trickle the water very slowly into the pastry while pulsing/cutting. At the second the pastry begins to form a big, messy ball, stop. (If it's gummy and sticky, work 2 additional tablespoons flour into the dough.)

Lightly flour your work surface and turn out the pastry. Very quickly shape it into a 2-inch-thick round disk with your hands, scooping up any stray bits and working them into the disk. (It should feel and look like Play-Doh. Look for bits of butter peeking through the pastry — this is a good thing.)

Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or better yet, overnight.

For the tart

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, gently toss together all of the ingredients except for the egg wash and cheese, being careful to coat all the fruit and filling completely. Chill for 20 minutes.

Lightly flour your work surface and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the pastry from the refrigerator and split it in ½. Press the top of each pastry 3 times with a horizontal impression of the rolling pin.

Turn them over and roll out the pastry in two 10- to 12-inch rounds, each ¼-inch thick. Keep the top and bottom of the pastry lightly coated with flour at all times, and turn the pastry intermittently in quarter turns as you work. Roll gently but quickly, pushing out evenly as you go along.

Using your rolling pin, ease each pastry onto the baking sheet. Plop the filling into the center of the pastry circle and spread evenly into a circle, until the filling is about 1-inch thick. Trim the borders of the pastry circle with kitchen scissors so you have about 2 inches of free pastry space all around the filling. (It does not have to be perfectly symmetrical.)

Use your palm to cup the pastry around the filling, folding in creases about every 2 inches as you move around the filling. Press gently with the palm of your hand to make sure everything is sealed. Brush the pastry top and sides lightly with egg wash.

Sprinkle the open part of the filling with cheese and pepper. Transfer to the oven and bake until golden and bubbly, about 45-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
12g
17%
Sugar
12g
13%
Saturated Fat
3g
13%
Cholesterol
16mg
5%
Carbohydrate, by difference
75g
58%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
42µg
6%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
38µg
42%
Calcium, Ca
53mg
5%
Choline, total
13mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
29µg
7%
Iron, Fe
3mg
17%
Magnesium, Mg
24mg
8%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
98mg
14%
Selenium, Se
22µg
40%
Sodium, Na
369mg
25%
Water
46g
2%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Beef Shopping Tip

Most cattle are fed a diet of grass until they are sent to a feedlot – where they are finished on corn. When possible, choose beef from cattle that are “100% grass fed” - it will be more expensive, but better for your health.

Beef Cooking Tip

The method used to cook beef is dependent on the cut. Cuts that are more tender, like filet mignon, should be cooked for a relatively short amount of time over high heat by grilling or sautéing. While less tender cuts, like brisket and short ribs, should be cooked for a longer time with lower heat by braising or stewing.