The Hunger Games movie is finally here! To be honest, I didn't have to wait long. I only finished the first book on Sunday, but let me tell you, I'm fully on the Hunger Games bandwagon!! To celebrate the book and the movie, I made some delicious apple and goat cheese tarts. If you've read the book, you may remember the part of the book where Peeta mentions to Katniss that his family's bakery makes apple and goat cheese tarts, but that he's never actually had one. Peeta and Katniss come from one of the poorest districts in Panem, so even though the bakery is in the "nice" part of the district, I made these tarts a little bit "rough," with a whole wheat crust and formed freely instead of in pretty tart pans. The tarts are not overly sweet - more of a cross between sweet and savory. I intended to make the lamb and dried plum stew that Katniss describes as her favorite thing about the Capitol, but it was almost 80 degrees in Ottawa this week, and eating stew, let alone cooking it for a few hours was not my idea of fun. So I made the tarts because they reminded me of one of my favorite parts of the book, and these tarts are quite a treat.
So tell me, are you going to see the movie this weekend? (Or maybe you went to one of the early showings?) Will you wait til the crowds die down? Or have you not read the books? I highly recommend the books (well at least the first one since that's all I've read). Even though they are written for teens, the themes are universal and the dark tone makes the books a bit more "adult." I couldn't put the first book down and I will definitely be seeing the movie (which apparently is quite true to the book, given the heavy involvement of author Suzanne Collins).
Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts
Makes 4 (4-5") tarts
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup whole oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
Whisk together the dry ingredients until well combined. Add the oil and stir. Gradually add the water and mix until the dough just starts to form. Form the dough into two balls and refrigerate for an hour.
2 Honeycrisp apples (mine were huge! so you may need 2 to 3 apples)
5 ounces soft goat cheese (140 grams)
Zest of half a lemon
Juice from half a lemon
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 425°F.
Stir together goat cheese, lemon zest, and thyme. Set aside.
Peel the apple and cut it into thin slices, and put it in a bowl. Pour the lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon over the apples and stir to coat the slices.
When you are ready to make the tarts, divide the dough into 4 balls. Roll each ball out to 1/4 inch thickness. Transfer the dough circles to a rimmed baking sheet. Spread each circle with the goat cheese mixture, leaving an inch and a half around the edge of the cheese. Arrange apple slices on the cheese, then fold the edges of the dough over, pleating it as you move around the circle. Bake the tarts for 20-23 minutes at 425°F.