I've only been apple picking once when I was 12 if I'm not mistaken. The experience of actually picking them off of the tree branches was really fun and made me appreciate the fruit alot more then when just pulling them out of the bins at the grocery. Visiting an apple orchard to do some picking is definitely on my list of things to do this fall and I think my son would love joining in.
The Rosh Hashana holiday is just a few days away and the main food attractions at the meal are apples and honey which symbolize having a sweet new year. This can be achieved by simply slicing up some apple wedges and passing them around with a dish of honey to dip in but there are lots of more creative ideas for incorporating these two into one beautiful dish.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of cooking apples is apple pie which just so happens to be a real family favorite, I can't really remember a birthday where my father didn't celebrate with some good American apple pie. With this dish, I decided to take apple pie to another level with some goat cheese, lemon juice, mini pie shells, sweet honey butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
If you want to make this dish non dairy then just skip the goat cheese and use another fruit as a base. And if goat cheese doesn't sound appealing to you there are so many other spreadable cheeses to choose from. Also, these can be made into one large apple pie if you would like, just use a large pie shell instead of the mini ones shown here.
Goat Cheese Apple Tartlets
16 Mini Pie Shells
6 Ounces Fresh Plain Goat Cheese
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
3 Medium Red Apples
3 Tablespoons Butter
1/3 Cup Honey
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1. Take the goat cheese out of the refrigerator to let it warm to room temperature and soften a bit.
2. Peel your apples and slice them from the core. Then slice them up into 1/8 inch thick slices.
3. Once the goat cheese has warmed to room temperature and seems a bit softer place it in a small bowl and add the lemon juice. Mix them up together with your clean hands or with a mixer until it is smooth and almost buttery like in consistency.
4. Spoon 2 Tablespoons of the goat cheese into each of the mini pie shells.
5. Top the goat cheese with the apple slices. Overlap each one in a line across the pie shell.
6. Heat 3 Tablespoons of butter in a medium saucepan and add the honey once it is almost completely melted. Stir the two together for 2-3 minutes until they have come together.
7. Use a pastry brush to coat the top of the apples and rim of the pie shell with the honey-butter. Be generous with it.
8. Put each of the assembled tartlets onto a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350. Then put the baking sheet in the oven and allow them to bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the apples are softer and the pie shells golden.
9. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over each tartlet. Drizzle a plate with some honey remove the tartlet from it's silver foil tin wrapper. Then place the apple tartlet at the center of the plate and serve.
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