I came across this recipe on the internet site simplyrecipes.com and thought it would be interesting to make for several reasons. I like walnuts, apples and blue cheese and I thought that the combination of all three of them would work well. Secondly, it looked more simple to make as you only needed one pie crust instead of the usual two for a pie. The recipe calls for a 10 inch pie crust. You can buy a flat pie crust or make one. I made my pie crust and since my recipe makes two pie crusts, I froze one of them for future use.
WALNUT APPLE BLUE CHEESE RUSTIC TART
1 - 10 inch flat pie crust
½ cup walnuts, chopped
¼ cup blue cheese, crumbled
1 tbsp fresh thyme or ½ tsp dried
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 large granny smith apples or other good cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 tsp lemon juice
1- In a medium bowl, mix the walnuts, blue cheese, maple syrup, thyme and apples. Add lemon juice to keep the apples from discolouring. Cover with plastic wrap while you prepare the crust.
2- Preheat the oven to 350 degres F. Roll out the pastry dough to 13 inches.
3- Place pastry dough on a cookie sheet or in a large pie plate. Mound the filling in the middle of the rolled out dough and spread out evenly to about 1 ½ or 2 inches from the edge. Using a pie plate you would go to the edge of the plate. Pleat the edges of the dough over the filling.
4- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until the crust is nicely browned. If it looks like the walnuts are getting burned, you can lightly tent a piece of foil over the centre.
5- Remove from oven and let cool before serving.
Adapted from http://simplyrecipes.com