Saturday, 29 September 2012

I freak out or ... rather have some Puff Pastry Courgette Tarts

I had a beautiful day yesterday ... not!
Anyway, no need to complain. All settled! I came home kind of late-ish, moved around some furniture in the living room just for the wind of change, went to the kitchen to do some cooking for one hour or even more and ... had some chilli sin carne, but instead with about 10 hot chillies. Well, that should have settled things ...
But now there is another day and lots of time to do lovely things, digging a bit in memories and preparing some nice puff pastry courgette and bacon tarts.

Those are lovely as a snack or an entrée. Well, you will figure that out by yourself anyway.
Well, before we can start, I just like to mention something else.
Two other things lately happened in my life. I started reading a book about food photography and I found my old camera. I hope I will be able to work with that a bit.
Let's get the puff pastry and other things ready and start cooking or baking or ... ah ... just do it.

250 g sour cream (yeah, we could call them Puff Pastry Sour Cream Courgette and Bacon Tarts, if you prefer that)
125 g cubes of bacon (or goats cheese for a vegetarian version)
Leaves of 3 sprigs of thyme
1 small courgette, cut into small cubes
1 egg
275 g of puff pastry (or in whatever size they sell it)

The first step is very very simple. Just mix everything apart from the puff pastry together in an appropriate sized bowl.

Then roll out your puff pastry. Cut the pastry into squares and then cut angles in two opposite corners of the squares as you can hopefully see on the picture.
Yes, I forgot a few cuts before I made the picture. Found out later. No worries!

Place one tablespoon of filling on each square or in other words, divide the filling among those squares.
Now you can fold those cut corners towards the middle and stick them together somehow.
With having achieved that, they go into the oven for 30 minutes at 200°C. They should gain at least some colour.
After that you can enjoy your puff pastry courgette and bacon tarts.
If you can not enjoy them, because you don't want to eat bacon, simply do a vegetarian version with maybe some strong and tasty cheese. I would go for goats cheese. I can imagine that to be very lovely as well.

This is how the puff pastry tarts would have looked 6 months ago.
No, we can not sell it that way.

Maybe some decoration ... a sprig of parsley will do. A bit better. I'm not sure. We should do some more. Well, there is still a lot to learn and bit by bit things can be improved.

What about some background. Anyway, I look really look forward to read through that book. So far I haven't even finished the first chapter.
I hope you can't resist those puff pastry tarts and give them a shot. If, let me know, how you liked them.


  1. wow, these are so pretty, thanks for the tutorial! they sound delicious too - I would love the goat cheese version, please! :)

    1. Thank you very much! Yep, goats cheese is always very luvly.

  2. love the shape of your puff pastry tarts. I am going to steal that!

    1. Really? Feel free to do so! Actually, you could even cut all four corners and then fold it towards the middle.

  3. OMG, I love this! so pretty! I love puff pastry!

    1. Thanks! Above that, it's so easy, too.

  4. Very pretty Chris, I'm planning on stealing the cutting plan too!!!

    1. Thank you, Fiona! So I shall be happy that everyone likes with what I came up. Enjoy it!

  5. Love how cute these look!The filling sounds incredible and I cannot wait to try these :)Lovely pics!

    1. Thanks! They taste really great. When I eat one I can hardly resist a second one ...

  6. Really pretty! They sound good too. I have a couple of annual parties that I'm always looking for new finger foods to make- this just went on my list!

    1. Yep, that absolutely fits. Glad I could help!


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