Prosciutto and Brie “Cheese Board” Tart

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

This tart makes me want to throw a cocktail party.

Prosciutto and Brie "Cheese Board" Tart by My Utensil Crock

And what do you know … ‘Tis the Season!

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

This Prosciutto and Brie “Cheese Board” Tart is just what was missing from your holiday party buffet. It would also serve well as a cheese-course-dessert for a dinner gathering, if you should have occasion.  (Note: “just because” is a pretty good occasion.)

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

This dish includes all the things you love from a cheese board. Brie, of course, but also fig jam, appleprosciutto, bites of french bread, and chopped dates. And wine, but just a splash; soooo… you can serve the rest of the bottle to your guests when this tart hits the table. There are a few tablespoons of ground, toasted pecans mixed into the crust. You can omit them if you aren’t into nuts, but they add delicious depth.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

The recipe that inspired this dish uses a store-bought pie crust as the base.  You certainly can, too, but I generally don’t keep them in my freezer, and I always forget to defrost them an hour in advance. I made this crust using a delicious Williams-Sonoma recipe, with ingredients I always have on hand. I just used my fingers to press it into the tart pan.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

If you don’t have this type of tart pan, at about 1″ high, it doesn’t take up much room in your cabinet. And at $15-20, after just a few uses, I think it’s worth the investment. The removable bottom makes for easy transfer.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil CrockThe fig jam is added twice. First, as a base layer – like a sauce on a flatbread; second, diluted with a bit of water, as a glaze on top. If you can’t find fig jam at your grocery store, apricot is a good substitute. But ask if they have it, because fig jam is so good. And feel free to use something natural or with less sugar. It will still be great.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

Not only is this recipe mouth-wateringly attractive, but your guests will love the variety of flavors served as a single dish.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

Don’t be surprised if a hush falls over your guest when you serve this Prosciutto and Brie “Cheese Board” Tart. They are merely in awe, and savoring your creation!
Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

Prosciutto and Brie "Cheese Board" Tart
 
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All the flavors you love from a cheese board, baked together on a buttery, nutty tart. Topped with prosciutto. For. The. Win.
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Recipe type: Appetizer, Dessert, Party Snack
Serves: 10" tart; 10-12 servings
Ingredients
For the tart crust (if using store-bought pie crust, skip these ingredients):
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 T very cold water
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1.25 c flour
  • 2 T toasted, ground pecans {optional}
  • 1⁄3 cup sugar
  • .25 t kosher salt
  • 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
For the topping:
  • 2 c French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (you can leave the crust on)
  • 1 apple, peeled and cut into .5-inch cubes
  • .5 c dates, pitted and chopped (you can just carefully chop around the pits)
  • 3 T butter, melted
  • 2 T Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, or white table wine {serve the rest with the completed tart}
  • 2 t fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 jar fig jam (about 7 ounces)
  • 8 oz brie, sliced into 8 thin pieces
  • 6 pieces of prosciutto, torn or cut with a kitchen shears into bite-sized pieces
Instructions
Make the tart crust (if using store-bought pie crust, skip these steps, and prepare the pie crust according to package instructions):
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the egg yolk, water, and vanilla; set aside.
  2. If using a stand mixer, fit it with the flat beater. Add the flour, ground pecans, sugar, and salt to the mixer bowl and mix until combined. Add the cold, cubed butter and beat on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the egg yolk mixture and beat just until the dough comes together.
  3. If mixing by hand, in a large bowl, stir together the flour, ground pecans, sugar, and salt. Using two knives, cut the butter into the flour mixture until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the egg yolk mixture and mix with a fork just until the dough pulls together.
  4. Pick up the dough with your hands and work in a little flour if it's very sticky. Flatten it as much as possible with your hands and transfer it to a 10" tart pan lined with parchment paper. Push the dough into the corners using your fingers.
  5. Place the tart pan on a cookie sheet, then place in the freezer for 15 minutes. {And start prepping the topping!}
  6. Heat the oven to 350.
  7. Place a piece of parchment paper over the frozen crust, and top with pie weights or dried beans.
  8. When the oven is heated, bake the frozen crust topped with weights for 12-15 minutes (leave it on the cookie sheet).
  9. Remove from the oven, and remove the paper and weights.
  10. Return the tart to the oven without the paper and weights for 5-7 minutes.
  11. Let the baked tart cool a bit. Leave the oven on.
Add the toppings:
  1. In a large bowl, mix the apple, dates, butter, wine, and thyme, until the ingredients are evenly distributed. Set aside for a moment.
  2. Stir the fig jam in the jar with a flat knife until it's loosened up. Top the tart with about half of the jar, or enough to make a thin layer of jam, leaving some in the jar. Spread the jam around the tart crust with the knife. Leave a little exposed crust around the edge like you would for a pizza.
  3. Top the tart with the bread mixture and spread it around evenly.
  4. Top the bread mixture with the brie slices. I like to lay two pieces down cross-wise, and then add another two pieces to divide the tart into quarters. Repeat until the brie is all on the tart.
  5. Add a little water to the jam jar and stir well (or mix a few tablespoons of jam with 1-2 T of water in a small bowl.
  6. Using a pastry knife or your fingers, "glaze" the brie and bread mixture.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the brie gets all melty and all components of the tart are heated through.
  8. Remove the tart from the oven, and top with bites of prosciutto.
  9. Sit back and accept compliments from guests.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

BG helped me out with serving skills, below.

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil Crock

 

Prosciutto and Brie Cheese Plate Tart by My Utensil CrockAdapted from: http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/sweet-and-savory-brie-tart-clinton-kelly and http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/basic-tart-dough.html

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