Cakes, Pies & Tarts

We’re Playing Favorites

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As a rule, you should refrain from favoring one child over the other.  It can create animosity, jealousy and kicks and bites when you’re’re not looking.  You’re bound to create a problem if you have a favorite kid.  We don’t have children, but this seemed like a fun metaphor.  Food is not like a child.  You can have a favorite food, and no one will be upset or vengeful.  You can indulge in it everyday if you like.  It can be your secret, or you can proclaim it loud and proud.  If you saw our Southern cookin’ post, then maybe you recall a mystery final course we mentioned. This is it. Hands down, this is probably our new favorite dessert, and we’re letting you know right here and now.  OK, so the picture above is probably not the best one in the world, but wait.  Just wait until you see the next one.

There are a lot of tasty sweets out there, and we’re equal opportunity lovers of desserts, but this one…This one really has the others working hard to stay in the ranks!  Here is the land where savory meets sweet and smooth says ‘How ya durin’?’ to creamy.  When we say this is a favorite right now, we mean it.  It doesn’t mean that something can’t take its place, but for now, it is the one that we’re craving day and night.  If you’re a cheesecake or goat cheese fan, this will be your new best friend. This is another recipe we tried to replicate from a class at Hipcooks, but we added the sauce and nuts as our own little shazam!  There is a little prep work involved, so if you’re making your tart shell from scratch, give yourself enough time. We can’t give you the exact recipe for the tart itself, but we’ll share our strawberry sauce, so you can use it for any dessert.

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Goat Cheese Tart with Strawberry Wine Sauce – Serves 14 to 16

1 pint strawberries, chopped
1 1/2 cups red wine
1/2-3/4 cup sugar

1.  Drop strawberries, wine and 1/2 cup sugar in a wide sauce pan.  Allow to cook down and thicken, approximately 15-20 minutes.  (Mash strawberries occasionally as you stir.  Dip your finger in and taste as you stir, adding a bit more sugar if it’s not sweet enough.)

2.  Carefully pour strawberry mixture into a food processor or blender.  Zap until smooth.  Set a small bowl down and pour liquid mixture through a sieve to eliminate any potential seeds.  (Mixture may be thick, so use a spoon or a flat utensil to scrape underside of sieve.)  Allow to cool and place in fridge until ready to use.

*We also sprinkled a few almonds on top–balsamic almonds to be exact.  Take a handful of raw almonds and teaspoon or two of butter and place in a pan on stove.  Add a bit of brown sugar and balsamic vinegar.  Toss to mix well.  Pop in freezer until ready to use.

Click HERE for the printable recipe.


44 thoughts on “We’re Playing Favorites

  1. You guys are my heroes O.O I love cheesecake & I especially love goat cheese (Court too!)… this dessert sounds like my downfall.

  2. This sounds really, really good! I’ve heard about goat cheese tarts but I still haven’t tasted one. Excellent idea to add the strawberry wine sauce – that sounds just heavenly.

  3. Duo – I seriously almost jumped out of my chair to run around with excitement. This looks and sounds beyond spectacular. My husband thanks you, all future eaters of this tart thank you and I thank you!

  4. When, I’m sorry, when did you say I could be a guest?? You are beyond amazing with your creations, this looks beyond belief delicious!

  5. Oh my! Oh my! This looks utterly incredible and fantastic! Goat cheese tart? Absolutely! And with strawberries and wine? Gotta have!

  6. This looks amazing! I am always on a search for desserts that incorporate goat cheese and this is out of this world! I work with Chavrie (the pyramid-shaped cheese) and this recipe will get a lot of buzz, diggs from me!

  7. Well I am not so sure about equal opportunity when it comes to desserts!! This looks amazing…and the fact that it makes not one, but two….what more could an indulgent dessert eater want???

  8. I. Love. Goat. Cheese. Goat cheese tarts are almost too good to be true. I mean seriously. It’s a goat cheese PIE, pretty much.

    But I’m going to have to disagree with you about the favorite child thing. I’m definitely my parents’ favorite child. I mean, they don’t say it, but it’s pretty obvious.

  9. looks delicious! I remember buying some goats cheese and reading up on it before eating it. The text read something like, the cheese smells like a shepherd. That did it… that poor cheese lay uneaten as I didn’t have the courage to unwrap and try it out. 😦

  10. I’m so happy I don’t have my skinny jeans on as I read this because it sounds like self control is out of the question.

  11. Now, let me get this straight. Goats cheese in the tart, strawberry/red wine sauce on the side *and* balsamic almonds just scattered about? I might just have to lie down for a bit while I digest that loveliness!

  12. Oh my sweet beautiful lord… If I had this goat cheese tart, I would have to say it would be my favorite too. The orange zest and balsamic almonds would have me crippled over in ecstasy! I am almost afraid to try this dessert, because it sounds so delicious!

  13. How interesting! I’ve never had goat cheese in a dessert!

    Thanks for your comment on my grape pie 🙂 I agree that the fewer the number of ingredients, the better!

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