The success of this tart, much like a successful living in general, will depend almost entirely on the quality of your cheese and the sweetness of your apples.
Very much unlike life, however, the baking of this tart is a simple endeavour and perfectly suited to the lazy and the cowardly.
You will notice that the guidance to follow is rather vague. The tartlets are so easy (so well suited to the cowardly and lazy) that they barely require a recipe at all. Your only real responsibility is toward the puff pastry, that asks to be handled gently and kept cool until it is time for the oven. For the rest you may feel free to muck merrily about.
- Some store bought puff pastry
- Some sweet firm apples like Golden Delicious (about 3/4 of an apple per person)
- Some blue cheese (I suppose you could choose whatever cheese you like)
- Some fresh thyme
- You may also want to add some roughly chopped walnuts
Quarter and core the apples, then cut the quarters into quarters. Pre-heat your oven to 190 C. Place your apple slices in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle over some thyme and season with pepper (the blue cheese in this dish is salty enough so you do not need to add any now). Roast the apples until they are soft and beginning to brown, drizzle over some honey and put the apples back in the oven for about five minutes. Remove from the oven and leave them to cool.
Cut your pastry into the shape you would like and place onto a line baking tray. I used a huge pastry cutter to make individual size circles. Arrange the cool apples on top of your cut out pastry. The apples will soft and pliable so you can get quite creative here- curving them around to fit the shape of your tart. Now stuff loads of blue cheese (and chopped walnuts if you are using them) into the nooks and crannies of your arrangement of apples, sprinkle over some thyme and bake in a 190 C oven until everything (including the bottom of the pastry) is golden brown and gorgeous.
Variations: I suspect that some caramelised onion will do very well as a bottom layer to this tart. The apples could very well be pears.