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Rustic Tart of Fresh Apricots and Goat Cheese Cream

Rustic Tart of Fresh Apricots and Goat Cheese Cream

This utterly simple tart is made with easy-to-use purchased puff pastry. Any seasonal fruit, such as nectarines, peaches, or plums can be used, as can thinly sliced apples.


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8 apricots pitted and halved
1 12x14-inch sheet of frozen puff pastry thawed according to package directions
4 ounces of soft goat cheese 
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of sugar 
1 egg 
2 to 4 tablespoons of heavy cream


  1. Preheat an oven to 375° F.
  2. On a floured work surface, spread open the puff pastry sheet, if folded. Roll to a scant 1/4 inch thick. To make a tart, trim the corners to make a round. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the round to the paper. Pinch the edges up to form a generous 1/2-inch rim. Place in the freezer and chill 15 minutes to firm edges, or refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the goat cheese, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the egg, and the cream until a smooth paste forms. Spread the paste evenly over the bottom of the round. Arrange the apricot halves on top, cut side down, in concentric circles. Sprinkle the tablespoon of sugar evenly over the apricots.
  4. Bake until the pastry is puffed and browned and the apricots are soft and slightly golden, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let stand for 10 minutes.