Goats’ Cheese Tarts with Caramelised Onions

  • Goats’ Cheese Tarts with Caramelised Onions

Goats’ Cheese Tarts with Caramelised Onions


Photo Credit:  Murray Lloyd


(makes 30 small muffin size tarts)



2 eggs

75g goats’ cheese (chopped)

175ml (2/3 cup + 1 tsp) cream

100ml (1/3 cup + 1 tbsp) milk

Maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 x 175g ball Moise Cerson’s Short Crust Pastry

½ Recipe Caramelised Onions




Preheat oven to 200ºC.

In a large bowl place eggs and whisk till fluffy.

Add cheese whisking to break it up.

Pour in cream and milk and mix together.

Stir in salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside till ready to use.

Roll pastry to 2mm-3mm in thickness.  Using a straight edged cutter, cut out 30 x 6.5cm rounds.

Grease 30 baby muffin tins and line each muffin cup with pastry.  Rest in refrigerator 20-30 minutes.

Place a second baby muffin tin on top of the pastry lined trays and press down firmly.

Place muffin tins in oven and bake 10-12 minutes.  Remove from oven and remove top muffin tray.

Return to oven and cook till pastry is crisp but not entirely cooked 2-3 minutes.  Cool.

Pour goats’ cheese mixture into tart cases and cook 6-10 minutes till mixture is set and pale golden.



Top each tart with a teaspoon of caramelised onions.

Serve warm seasoned with salt and pepper.

Note: To reheat to serve warm place in oven at 125ºC for 5 minutes.  Top with warm caramelised onions and serve immediately.



Moise Cerson’s Short Crust Pastry

(Makes 4 x 175g ball)
Moise is the owner/operator of Le Pomnier Bakery in Greytown.



200g unsalted butter (chopped and at room temperature)

1 egg

75ml (1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp) water (lukewarm)

8g (1 tsp) salt

250g (1 + 3/4 cup + 1 tbsp) white flour

125g (1 cup) cornflour




In the bowl of an electric mixer place butter, egg, water and salt.  Beat till combined.

In separate bowl combine flour and cornflour.

On a low speed on electric mixer gradually add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix for 1 minute or till dough forms a ball of pastry.

Form pastry into a disc and refrigerate from 30 minutes to up to 3 days.



Caramelised Onions

(yields 2 cups)



560g (4) red onions

30ml (2 tbsp) olive oil

24g (2 tbsp) brown sugar

15ml (1 tbsp) balsamic vinegar 

125ml (½ cup) water

½ tsp finely chopped rosemary leaves

½ tsp salt

several grinds black pepper




Peel 4 red onions, halve then cut into thin wedges.

Place in heavy pan with olive oil, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, water, rosemary, salt and black pepper.

Cover and cook gently for 10 minutes.  Remove lid, stir and cook a further 5-8 minutes, gently stirring now and then. Cook till water has evaporated.

These will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.