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Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts

Apple cheddar tart with caramelized onions and pine nuts by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012


Easy Apple Cheddar Tart With Caramelized Onions & Pine Nuts
Makes one tart


* 1 sheet puff pastry, defrosted
* 2 medium or 1 large apple, cored and sliced (not too thick – you want to avoid too much weight or liquid as it will make the pastry soggy)
* 2-3 branches fresh thyme, chopped
* Handful of fresh basil and/or oregano, chopped
* 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (you could also use goat or Gruyère cheese)
* 1 large onion, sliced
* Extra-virgin olive oil
* Freshly ground black pepper
* Sea salt
* Handful of toasted pine nuts


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. While you’re waiting for the pastry to defrost, sautée the onions in a frying pan in olive oil until translucent.

2. Lay the sheet of puff pastry out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Prick the dough inside the border all over with the tines of a fork to prevent it from puffing up too much during baking.

3. Spread a layer of cheddar (or whichever cheese you choose) on the pastry. Top with the onions, then arrange the apple slices on the pastry in a single layer (crowding or overlapping them could make the puff pastry soggy). Scatter the fresh herbs over the apples. Drizzle the tart with some olive oil and season with salt and pepper. If using Gruyère, reserve a little cheese to sprinkle over the top.

4. Bake the tart until the pastry is crisp and deeply browned on the bottom and around the edges, 30-40 minutes.

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer or 2-3 as a main course.

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Eve Fox

Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmers’ markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.


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4:15AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014

Thank you :)

2:26AM PDT on Oct 4, 2014


6:47AM PST on Jan 22, 2013

Thank you Eva, for Sharing this!

1:58AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

I enjoy reading this food blog site, the Garden of Eating, but not this recipe. I can't see how apples and onions can be tasty.

2:48AM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks, think I will try to make this one.

4:45PM PDT on Oct 10, 2012


12:13PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Interesting. I wouold not have thought of combining these things, but they might be interesting.

6:03AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

Good option for the lunch box, a fresh apple and piece of cheddar. :)

12:22PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Looks amazing- what a great seasonal treat I have to try! Thanks!

4:32AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thanks for sharing the recipe Eve. Sounds really wonderful.

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