Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets with Icewine Glaze

Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets With Icewine Glaze IMAGE Author: Canadian Living Credits: Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets With Icewine Glaze IMAGE

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These sweet-tangy pastries are ideal for easy  holiday entertaining. Bake them straight from  frozen for instant hot hors d'oeuvres or pair them  with a crisp salad for an elegant first course.  Make sure to cut the apple into paper-thin slices  so you have enough to garnish each tartlet.

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: December 2015


  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 sheet (half 450 g pkg) frozen butter puff pastry thawed
  • 1 sweet-tart apple (such as Empire) cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Canadian Blue cheese (such as Bleu Bénédictin)
  • 1/4 cup red or white icewine
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 shallot sliced
  • 1 teaspoon mixed peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon leaves chopped


In small bowl, mix mustard with thyme. Set aside.

On lightly floured work surface, gently roll out pastry into 12-inch (30 cm) square; prick all over with fork. Cut into 16 squares; transfer to parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheets. Brush tops of pastry with mustard mixture, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) border. Arrange 3 apple slices in centre of each. (Make-ahead: Freeze until firm. Layer between waxed paper in airtight container; freeze for up to 2 weeks. Add 2 minutes to baking time.)

Whisk egg with 1 tsp water; generously brush over pastry edges. Bake, 1 sheet at a time, in 400°F (200°C) oven until pastry is crisp and golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Sprinkle with Blue cheese.

While tartlets are baking, in small saucepan, bring icewine, sugar, shallot and peppercorns to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and syrupy, about 6 minutes.

Strain syrup through fine-mesh sieve, pressing on solids with back of spoon; discard solids. Drizzle syrup over tartlets. Sprinkle with tarragon.

Tip from The Test Kitchen: Sprinkle the cheese over the tartlets as soon as they come out of the oven so that it will melt slightly.

Nutritional facts per tartlet: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 101 mg
  • Sugars 3 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 83.0
  • Total fat 5 g
  • Potassium 25 mg
  • Cholesterol 10 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g


  • Iron 3.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 2.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Apple and Canadian Blue Cheese Tartlets with Icewine Glaze