Inne’s Log Goat’s Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum and Sloe Gin Sauce

Inne's Log Goat's Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum Sloe Gin Sauce

Once I’d sampled some of my Innes Log last week, I was still left with quite a chunk and with the in-laws coming over and expecting sustenance, I decided to make some goat’s cheese tarts as a starter, also using up some of the windfall apples I was given recently.

I’d been pondering for a while how I could combine the two magical foodstuffs that are gin and cheese (or perhaps gin is a drinkstuff?) and all the recent autumnal talk made me rummage about in the cupboard in search of sloe gin. Here it is, Mother’s Little Nearly-Empty Helper:

Inne's Log Goat's Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum Sloe Gin Sauce left over sloes

It’s always a first world problem to know what to do with the gin-soaked berries that are left at the bottom and so I felt it was time – and indeed, a human imperative – to experiment with gin and cheese. And if I do say so myself through a slightly ginnish haze it turned out really well, with the sweet and slightly boozy sauce going well with the creamy, nutty goat’s cheese and squidgy apple. And yes, I know I should probably call it a ‘jus’ or a ‘reduction’ but I just can’t. So it’s a sauce.

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you gin and cheese. Together. Oh yes.

Ingredients

375g ready-made puff pastry (there will be some left over but you could always make some Goat’s Cheese Straws on the side)
115g soft goat cheese ( I was a bit worried about using a goat’s cheese with a rind but it all mashed up and melted down perfectly)
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt
1 eating apple, peeled, quartered, and sliced
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsps honey
3 tbsps of sloe gin berries from the gin bottle, plus a tablespoon of the gin
3 ripe plums, destoned and chopped up
1 tbsp demerera sugar

Basic recipe for the tarts adapted from here.

Inne's Log Goat's Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum Sloe Gin Sauce left over sloes

Preheat the oven to 190˚c / 170˚c fan-assisted / Gas Mark 5.

Lay the pastry out onto a chopping board. Using a 5-inch biscuit cutter (or an overturned bowl and a sharp knife), cut four 5-inch circles from the dough. Place the rounds on some baking paper (or I used kitchen foil).

Press a 3½-inch biscuit cutter into the middle of each round, stopping ¾ of the way down so that it just makes an indent. This will allow the outer ring to rise around the middle. Pierce the middle all over with a fork.

Put the goat’s cheese, lemon juice and salt in a bowl and microwave it until it’s soft but not melted (probably less than a minute). Stir and mash to mix it all up and spread it over the middle of each round. Top with overlapping apple slices, making sure to stay within the middle.

Inne's Log Goat's Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum Sloe Gin Sauce left over sloes

Combine the butter and honey in a small bowl and microwave until the butter is melted (it happens quickly so keep an eye on it). Stir to combine and brush some over the entirety of each round.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the apples are tender and the pastry is nicely browned.

Meanwhile, put the plums, sloes, gin and sugar in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes or until the plums are soft. Put it all into a food processor and whizz it up. At this point the processor will start protesting about the sloe stones so, boring though it is, pick out the stones (think of the gin, think of the gin…) Whizz up the mixture again until smooth (if it needs loosening, add some more gin). Drink some gin.

By this time the tarts should be cooked. Remove them from the oven and serve with the sauce on the side. And some gin.

Because I’ve used home-made sloe gin in this recipe, I’m adding it to the Baking With Spirit Challenge over at Cake of the Week.

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10 responses to “Inne’s Log Goat’s Cheese and Apple Tarts with Plum and Sloe Gin Sauce

  1. Cheese AND gin?! Be still my beating heart!

  2. I bet the tartness of the sloes in the gin works really well with the cheese. This is definitely a tart for my to-do list! Thanks for entering Baking With Spirit – I hope to see you back again some time soon;

  3. Now, you’ve got me thinking. How about fig leaves soaked in gin, then used as a wrap for goat cheese? I have a cheese maturing in the fridge right now that’s in a drunk fig leaf, but not gin. Hmmm…next experiment!

  4. What a great combination. Very annoyed with myself as, funnily enough, was just wondering what I could do with gin soaked sloes at the bottom of bottle (this would’ve been great) when I knocked the bottle on the floor in the middle of getting tea for kids and they ended up on kitchen floor amongst shards of glass. What a waste of boozy fruit! And I honestly hadn’t been on the mother’s ruin when my clumsiness struck.

  5. Perfect idea! Thanks for this and for stopping by my blog.

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