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*Scroll down for the recipe for tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese*

I recently discovered the joy of tarte tatin.
Now I hear you thinking, you live in France half the time, how could you have missed tarte tatin?? Well, I didn’t miss it, I’ve ordered it many times for dessert when eating out. But, that’s always a tarte tatin with apple. The classic so to say. A very tasty classic (they don’t become classics for no reason!), but not a very interesting for me one as far as cooking goes. I was perfectly happy with eating a slice once in a while in restaurants.

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese, by Eva in the Kitchen

That was until I made a tarte tatin with prunes, and fell in love with how the fruit caramelized (what can I say? it’s caramel!) on the bottom of the tin. Combined with sweet, crusty dough was pure bliss. So we ate the whole (!!) pie the same day. 2 people, 1 pie, 1 day….That’s how good it was.

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese, by Eva in the Kitchen

And so I started thinking, what if I used the same principle (caramelizing something on the bottom of the tin, covered in pastry) for a savoury tarte tatin? Like, let’s say, a tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese?

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese, by Eva in the Kitchen

I don’t want to brag, but let me tell you, that was a good idea. Carrots (with honey) caramelize just as delicious as their fruity counterparts. The goat cheese, thyme and puff pastry made sure it stayed a savoury pie, perfect for lunch or dinner. I like to serve this tarte tatin with a big green salad, for balance in flavor (a sour vinaigrette works well with the sweetness of the carrots).

Bon appétit!

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese
 
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Ingredients
  • Carrots, 6, scraped and cut in half, lengthwise (you want to keep the full length of the carrots)
  • Butter, 50 gr (1/4 cup)
  • Honey, 1 tsp
  • Salt, pinch
  • Goat cheese, 30 gr (1/8 cup) + a bit extra to garnish
  • Fresh thyme leaves, 1 tsp + extra to garnish
  • Puff pastry, 1 roll of ready to use pastry
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / 390 F
  2. Place the halved carrots in a mould (traditionally a round one)
  3. Melt the butter in a pan, on low heat
  4. Add the honey and the salt, leave to boil for two minutes
  5. Pour over the carrots
  6. Crumble the goat cheese over the carrots and sprinkle with thyme
  7. Take the pastry and place in on top, it must fully cover the carrots
  8. Tuck it in, like a blanket, if you have to much excess pastry, cut it off with a knife
  9. Using a fork, punch a few holes in the pastry (to let the hot steam escape) and bake for 30 minutes
  10. Take out of the oven, let cool off a bit and gently turn the mould over to release the pie
  11. Garnish with fresh thyme and some extra goat cheese

Tarte tatin with carrots and goat cheese, by Eva in the Kitchen
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