Goats Cheese Tart

This is the perfect food as a light starter or simply as a canapé served with drinks on the patio. It can also double up as a light lunch when served with a salad.

2 large pears
30ml butter
30ml honey
1 lemon
500g ready-made pastry
200g goats cheese
a handful of pecan nuts
a handful of thyme leaves
egg-wash: 1 egg + 15ml milk

Preheat your oven to 200℃ and line a baking sheet with baking paper.
Peel and core the pears and cut them into thin wedges lengthwise.
Place in a bowl and squeeze the lemon juice over. Mix up the slices with your hands so that the pear is covered with lemon juice.
Add the butter and honey to a large frying pan over medium-high heat.
Add the pear slices and any lemon juice from the bowl and cook for 2-3 minutes a side, until the pear is caramelised.
Remove the pear slices but reserve the honey caramel in the pan.
Roll the pastry to a 28cm X 38cm rectangle and score a 2cm border all around the edges. Place the pastry on the lined baking sheet.
Arrange the pear slices over the pastry within the border.
Now break up the cheese and arrange it randomly between the pear.
Scatter the pecan nuts and the thyme leaves over the pear and goats cheese.
Drizzle the leftover caramel from the pan over the tart.
Whisk the egg and milk together and brush the pastry border with it.
Bake the tart for 20 minutes until the pastry is beautifully golden.
Serve slightly warm.

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