Saturday, July 4, 2009

Caramelised onion and feta tarts..(and baked chocolate parcels!)

Last night I decided to pull some puff pastry out of the freezer and jazz up dinner with some caramelised onions and feta tarts to accompany it. They were absolutely delightful, and I'd certainly make them again, especially as a starter or interesting side: Ingredients: 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry, thawed 1 onion, chopped 1 or 2 tomatoes
Danish feta cheese (or your preferred feta - I am particularly partial to Danish style)
Olive oil
garlic, salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tsp water


Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees Celsius
On high heat, heat the oil and garlic, and add onion and tomato.
Cook onion mix until onion is well cooked and golden

Cut pastry into small squares and prick each one with a fork.
Brush egg over squares
Spread feta onto each square, leaving a small border around each side
Place onion and tomato mix onto squares.

Place on a greased tray into oven on highest shelf, and cook for 12-15 minutes until nicely risen and browned

If you have any leftover pastry squares at this point (like I did!), you could make these divine little chocolate parcels...


Add about a teaspoon chocolate of your choice to each square, (I still have all that hazelnut praline to use up! But you could use chocolate pieces, whatever takes your fancy, really) and roll up or fold over into a triangle.
Fold over tightly so they are sealed.
Make a small slash in each one.
Place onto a greased baking tray, and chill, covered, until just before dessert time.

Bake on highest shelf in oven for 12 or so minutes, until pastry is brown and fluffy in a hot (250 degrees Celsius!) oven.

Serve immediately in a bowl (they are messy!)with whipped cream and broken chocolate pieces on top. Spoon over any chocolate that has escaped onto your baking tray. Yum! A perfect winter dessert.

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