Stilton, bacon & maple pear tart

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by: Jenny Eatwell






One of my recipes, dreamed up over successive car journeys! Utter gorgeousness. The use of maple syrup is optional, so if you don't have such a sweet tooth, just leave it out. The tart won't notice it's loss. I served the tart with a mixed salad, which was perfect as it made a lovely palate cleanser for this very intensely flavoured tart.




ingredients

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serves: 4

250 g smoked streaky bacon (sliced into small pieces)

1-2 slices Comice pears, peeled, cored and cut into 2-3mm thick

1 tbsp Maple syrup (optional)

160 g of puff pastry, ready rolled sheet

170 g Stilton cheese

Nutrition Facts
Stilton, bacon & maple pear tart

Servings Per Recipe: 4

Amount per Serving

Calories: 560

  • Total Fat: 43.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 11.7 g
  •     Trans Fat: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 44.2 mg
  • Sodium: 916 mg
  • Total Carbs: 30.1 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 1.7 g
  •     Sugars: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 11.4 g
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preparation

1.  Pre-heat your oven to 190degC/375degF/Gas 5. Take a frying pan and add the bacon. Dry fry over a medium heat, to render the fat out of the bacon and until it has just begun to crisp. (Don't cook until crisp, or the bacon will overcook in the oven). Remove and set aside to cool. In the bacon fat, place the slices of pear and cook over a high heat until caramelized. Don't keep turning the slices - just leave them where they are, but check the underside until it has reached a nice golden color - then turn. If you are using the Maple syrup, drizzle it over the pears after you have laid them into the pan.

2.  Once the pears are done, turn the heat off and begin to assemble the tart. Take a large baking tray that is bigger than your sheet of pastry. Lay the pastry onto the baking tray and make sure it is evenly flattened out. Then taking a sharp knife, score - without cutting through - a line 1" inside the edge to demark where the tart crust should be.

3.  Taking the pear slices, lay each one onto the middle of the tart in a pleasing and even arrangement. Do not be tempted to pour the pan juices over, or the tart will become too greasy. Next, sprinkle the bacon pieces evenly over the pear slices, remembering to leave the crust edge uncovered. Crumble the Stilton cheese evenly over the bacon. Place into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust has risen and browned to a deep gold. Remove from the oven and leave for 5 minutes or so, just to settle, before slicing and serving.

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