Thursday, September 18, 2014

The South-Arya's Tarts

Hey there! 
Okay I finally made Arya's Snitched Tarts from the Game of Thrones Cookbook. I chose to do the modern version, which is a little less complicated. 
Still...I had some problems with execution, but the overall taste of the tarts turned out really well. 

The problem I had involved not having the right "tools" and that the instructions on how to prepare the dough-sheets is a little confusing. I did not have a round cookie cutter and none of my glasses turned out to be sharp enough to make a proper circle (that was the plan). I ended up with only a few to work with. I should have been more prepared to begin with LOL! But that's how we learn. Shall we begin?

To start you want to lay out your pastry sheets on a flowered surface. Then use a 3 to 4 inch round cookie cutter or glass to cut out 4 rounds from each sheet to make 16 total. Place 4 pastry rounds on each baking sheet and pierce with a fork, all over.  
 Next use a 3 1/2 inch round cutter to cut out smaller rounds from the center of the remaining 8 rounds, to form rings. Brush the outer edges with whisked/beaten egg, and top each with the pastry ring. Then set in freezer for 30 mins. Preheat the oven to 375. 

Unfortunately I am pretty sure that I did this part wrong (making the pastry rounds)...or just not exactly as they intended me too. Either way they still turned out delicious, maybe I can play around with the extra dough and find myself a good cookie cutter he he. 

Remove pastries from freezer. 
Mix the cheese, salt and lemon juice together. Spread mixture inside the rings of each frozen pastry round. 
Cut Gala apple into slices/wedges and overlap on top of rounds. Combine butter and honey and brush over top of the apple slices. Add a sprinkle of allspice and candied nuts on top (optional). 
Then place in the oven for 30 mins or until apples tender and pastries are golden. Remove tartlets from oven, let cool for a few mins. Drizzle some extra honey on top and serve!

Arya's Tarts are savory and as the name suggests, tart. You can taste the goat cheese well and it mixes wonderfully with the apples. The bit of candied pecans and allspice really add more flavor too, so would suggest using them.

I will definitely try these again.