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Walnut Gorgonzola Rustic Tart


1 Pâte Brisée (tart dough) for a 10-inch tart (see all butter crust recipe) or

1 packaged, flat pie crust


1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


1/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese (or blue cheese)


1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped, or 1/2 teaspoon dried


2 Tbsp maple syrup


2 large granny smith apples (or other good cooking apples such as

jonagold or fuji), peeled, cored, chopped


1 teaspoon of lemon juice (optional)




1 Toss the walnuts, gorgonzola, thyme, chopped apples, and maple syrup together in a medium size bowl. As you are working with the apples, squeeze a little lemon juice on them to help keep them from discoloring. Cover the mixture with plastic wrap while you prepare the crust.


2 Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll out pastry dough to 13-inches, at an 1/8 of an inch thickness. Place pastry dough on a rimmed baking sheet. (Rimmed is important as the pastry will leak butter during the cooking process.) Mound the filling in the middle of the rolled out dough, and spread out evenly to 1 1/2 inches to 2 inches from the edge of the dough. Pleat the edges of the dough over the filling if you want it to look more like a pie instead of a pizza.


3 Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, until crust is nicely browned. If at any time it looks like the walnuts are getting a little burnt, you can lightly tent a piece of aluminum foil over the center. 


Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes before serving. A pizza wheel works great for slicing up the tart!




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