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Apple and Honey Goat Cheese Tartlets


2 17.3-ounce packages frozen puff pastry (4 sheets), thawed

1 egg, beaten to blend

6 ounces soft fresh goat cheese (about 3/4 cup packed)

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt

3 medium Gala apples, peeled, quartered, cored, cut into 1/8-inch-thick slices

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

3/4 cup honey (preferably dark), divided

1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground allspice


1. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. Roll out each puff pastry sheet on lightly floured surface to 11-inch square. Using 5-inch-diameter cookie cutter or bowl, cut out 4 rounds from each pastry sheet, forming 16 rounds total. Divide 8 pastry rounds between prepared baking sheets; pierce rounds all over with fork. Using 3 1/2-inch-diameter cookie cutter or bowl, cut out smaller rounds from center of remaining 8 rounds (reserve 3 1/2-inch rounds for another use), forming eight 5-inch-diameter rings.

3. Brush outer 1-inch edges of 5-inch rounds on baking sheets with beaten egg; top each with 1 pastry ring. Freeze at least 30 minutes. These can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and keep frozen. Do not thaw before continuing.

4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix cheese, lemon juice and salt in bowl; spread mixture inside rings on frozen pastry rounds. Overlap apple slices atop cheese. Mix butter and 1/4 cup honey in small bowl; brush over apples. Sprinkle with allspice. Bake until apples are tender and pastry is golden, about 35 minutes.

5. Place tartlets on plates. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over each and serve warm or at room temperature.

6. Bake the tartlets four to six hours ahead, then store them uncovered at room temperature. Rewarm in a 350°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes. Drizzle tartlets with honey just before serving.

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