Pear Walnut & Brie Tart – Nadia Graves

image12Pear Walnut & Brie Tart by Nadia Graves

Nadia says: “The flavour combination of these tarts is truly a match made in heaven. Sweet, soft pears, baked with honey and balsamic, with delicious, ripe, creamy brie, all piled on flaky puff pastry and scattered with crunchy walnuts. I serve these with a dollop of creamy, thick crème fraiche on the side.”

Serves 4

1 sheet store bought frozen puff pastry, thawed (25 cm x 25cm / 10″ x 10″)
2 small pears, peeled, cored and cut into 6 wedges each
1/2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
125 g / 4 1/2 oz brie, sliced
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped roughly (not too small pieces)

Preheat the oven to 180° C / 360° F
Combine the pears, butter, honey, sugar and balsamic vinegar
Place in an ovenproof dish and bake for 10 minutes or until slightly soft and golden
Cut the puff pastry sheet into 4 equal squares
Place the pastry squares on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
Par-bake for 10 minutes
Top with the pear mixture, brie and walnuts
Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until the pastry is puffy and the brie has melted slightly
Serve warm

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Nadia GravesNadia Graves

I have always had a passion for food. Growing up in South Africa with a French mother who loved travel and was a great cook, I developed very early on a love for cooking and eating. I started off my career as a Chartered Accountant working in the accounting world, hospitality, and entertainment world before moving to Paris in my mid twenties. This was heaven for a foodie like me, daily trips to my local market, glorious food everywhere.
While pregnant with my daughter, Nicole, now 22, I attended courses at Le Cordon Bleu. A few years later that included a stint in Copenhagen, London and back to Paris, my ex-husband, daughter and I moved to Los Angeles, for what we thought would be two years. Well, 17 years later a lot has happened. I changed careers to being an educator and worked in a private girls school, got divorced and then met the most wonderful man, my husband, Stuart. We married in January 2015. All the while, I continued my passion for cooking and food. Loving nothing more than trying out new recipes, experimenting in the kitchen and of course, eating. I have taught small group and private cooking lessons for 20 years now and as we embark on a new life in France in July 2015, I am so excited about the experiences awaiting us.
I look forward to discovering new foods and wines from every region of France and especially the Dordogne.
Food and life is about sharing and I can’t wait for you to join me in my adventures in my home and kitchen!

Visit Nadia’s lovely website – CLICK HERE

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