Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lemon, Cheese and Honey Tart


You are going to LOVE these little tarts! If you like a touch of lemon and the hint of cinnamon let this middle eastern dessert tantalize your senses as it bakes and cools in your kitchen. Years ago I was treated to a slice of a delightful cheese tart...not too sweet and a cross between an egg and cheese tart. I've looked and tried similar recipes but without success....until today. I seriously modified a recipe I found on Global Gourmet and ended up with something very similar to the tart that I first tasted years ago. More importantly, it went over well with the guys at home...what more could I ask?!

I made 18 mini-tarts...but this is enough for a 'pie' which was how it was served to me. If using it in a pie I would use a deep crust and not a sweet crust. For this posting I used pre-made tart shells from the frozen section of the grocery store.

Pastry (your own but not toooooo sweet now)

Filling:
  • 1 cup of cottage cheese
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • finely grated rind of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon.

Partially bake your pastry shell...about ten minutes in a 350 oven. Remove from oven

Place ingredients of filling into food processor. Blend until smooth. Fill tart cups full - they will sink in the middle later. Lower oven to 200. Bake tarts for 30 minutes or until firm and top is golden brown and puffed up. Serve plain...the simple cheese and lemon infused with the cinnamon/honey will be all that you need.

10 comments:

  1. These look delicious, Trish! Lemon, cinnamon, honey, cottage cheese..what's not to like??
    My taste buds thank you..

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  2. Trish, the flavours sound really great. I guess every cuisine has their own version of cheesecake.

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  3. Trish, this looks like something my extended family would enjoy. My mom has a lot of Middle-Eastern influence in her cooking living in Iran for several years. I'm going to try them for an open house we're having after the elections here in the U.S. We don't know yet if our get-together will be a celebration or a WAKE! :0)

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  4. These look yummy. Might have to give them a try soon. We make butter tarts in the winter months and the family loves them so I am sure the family will love these too

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  5. these sorta kinda remind me of the german cheesecake made with quark...i like the ingredients so i am sure i would like the tart.
    charlotte

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  6. Made with quark? Has that been posted? Charlotte...it sounds great...can you bake it for us some day?

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  7. This looks like a great winter treat.
    I agree with Char, I thought it was quark.
    It's so yummy.

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  8. This one's for me...I'm a sucker for all things lemon.

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  9. Hi! Your lemon, cheese and honey tart looks great! Would like to try it, but have one question. What kind of cottage cheese? Wet or dry? Thanks.

    Vera

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  10. Vera, I used a cream cottage cheese but as it was only 1% it was not too creamy...just right.

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