I love planning parties. I love being invited to parties. I love being a part of parties! Parties, parties, parties! They’re events that bring people together. Whether it’s family, friends, coworkers, or strangers, parties are a place to relax, have fun, and get to know new people. Okay I have to be honest, I’m getting anxiety just from typing about the existence of parties. I like planning and throwing parties because that means I get to be behind the scenes and busy. I get very shy when faced with new people which makes socializing at parties a weak point in my personality. If I can be involved in the planning and throwing in some way, though, then it is easier. Because then I at least have the party and the party food to talk about with strangers.
This social anxiety makes virtual parties a perfect place for me. I have a small list of blogs I love to read, and one of those bloggers is expecting twins very soon. This is a virtual party for Bev of Bev Cooks! Congratulations Bev, and Surprise! It’s your virtual baby shower! When I heard that a group of bloggers were getting together to throw this virtual baby shower I knew I needed to join (scroll down for the full menu). Babies are a blessing, and Bev gets to have two of them! She is one of the funniest food bloggers out there and I can only imagine she’ll be a fabulous mommy to those two bundles of joy.<
To celebrate Bev and her family, I am contributing this Apple Pear Tart to our virtual baby shower. And because I love a good theme, this tart can be prepared two ways… did you catch the theme? Twin babies, twin tarts. I have heard that twins share a special connection, but I also know that every person is their own being with their own amazing traits. These tarts share ingredients, but can be paired with various flavors. Serve them as appetizers (as intended for this virtual shower) or as desserts by switching up the flavor profile.
Did I really just compare babies to food? Yes, I did. I’m a little bit sorry.
Congratulations Bev! Enjoy your virtual shower and get ready to enjoy your two little precious babies!
The sweet apples and pears balance the tart goat cheese well while the toasted hazelnuts lend a satisfying crunch. You can also simply drizzle the baked tart with honey for a light dessert. Sometimes I’ll sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg on top for a bit of warmth and spice. Any way you serve it, this tart will surely be a welcome addition to your next dinner party, or a quiet dinner at home for one (or two).
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted
- 2 apples (gala, pink lady or braeburn)
- 2 pears (I like to use red)
- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 ounce goat cheese
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 400 Fahrenheit.
- Open the puff pastry sheets and cut each into 3 strips.
- Thinly slice the apples and pears, remove cores and seeds.
- Decoratively arrange the apple, pear and hazelnuts on the puff pastry and bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Crumble the goat cheese onto half of the baked tarts and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
- Drizzle honey onto the other tarts and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg.
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