Fall is upon us. Time for picking apples, making hot beverages, and baking a sweet and savory Brie and Pear Tart Recipe. Maybe the latter isn’t a traditional fall activity, but I assure you, it should be at the top of everyone’s list!
If you’ve been reading ASP very long, you know, there are very few things I enjoy as much as cheese. In fact I believe cheese to be an ingredient that makes every other ingredient better. Don’t believe me?
Cheese and Chocolate: Ricotta Chocolate Chip Muffins
Cheese and Seafood: Southern Shrimp and Cheesy Grits
Cheese and Pumpkin: Creamy Chocolate Pumpkin Bar
Cheese and Pickles: Ploughman’s Lunch
Cheese and Beets: Roasted Beet and Radicchio Salad
See… and you doubted.
Recently I received a package from Ile De France Cheese. I couldn’t have been happier receiving a box of Italian shoes or rare gemstones. Ile De France asked if I would taste their brie and goat cheese then compare them to other popular brands. They wondered if I could taste a difference.
As I sat in giddy euphoria, scooping little nibbles with a cheese knife that I put STRAIGHT into my mouth, I did notice some differences…
First the brie: A small, but note-worthy observation, the Ile De France Brie was packaged better than the other two cheeses. No, I was not swayed by pretty packaging. Better air-tight wrapping gave the Ile De France brie a much fresher taste. The brie was bright and ripe with a nutty back note. The texture was also extremely creamy, while one of the others was dense and the third was a bit gummy.
As for the goat cheese: I noticed again, a distinct freshness that was not apparent in the other two cheeses. It was delicately tangy with a smooth texture, yet crumbly when cold and spreadable at room temperature.
The reason, I learned, for the impeccable flavor is the Ile De France “La Creme du Jour” crafting process. They make their cheeses the same day the cream is extracted–within 48 hours of the time of milking. The cows and goats are grass-fed to guarantee superior taste, better health benefits, and a much more eco-friendly cheese. It’s comforting to find companies who put that much thought into what they offer us.
I adore pairing fruit and cheese. This simple, yet elegant, Brie and Pear Tart recipe holds the perfect balance of sweet and savory. It is not exactly a dessert, or an appetizer… it’s both!
Serve this as a luxurious first-course, as a main course with a salad, or as a european-style dessert (meaning not super sweet.) Anyway you serve this tart, it’s sure to be a show stopper.
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