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Spiced honey tarts with Oka

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Preparation 20 minutes
Makes 10 Tarts
Cooking 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1/2 lb (250 g) puff pastry (homemade or store-bought)
1/4 cup (50 mL) butter, melted
2/3 cup (150 mL) liquid honey
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) freshly ground pepper
1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger
1 tsp (5 mL) ground coriander
1 small round (225 g) Canadian Oka, cut into 10 wedges about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
1 cup (250 mL) your choice of mixed fruit, diced (strawberries, figs, mangoes, peaches or pears)

Preparation:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).

2. Roll out dough about 1/4 inch (5 mm) thick and cut out 10 circles 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Place on a cookie sheet. Brush each circle with melted butter and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from oven and set aside.

3. In a microwaveable bowl, stir together honey, pepper, ginger and coriander. Microwave on HIGH for about 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds.

4. To assemble tarts, place a wedge of cheese on each pastry circle. Top with 1 tbsp (15 mL) of fruit, then glaze with a tsp (5 mL) of spiced honey. Serve hot or lukewarm.

Variation:

Replace the spices in the honey with cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.

Oka:

All the science and secrets of the monks of yesteryear can be found in this wonderful, subtly flavoured cheese. A semi-soft, surface-ripened cheese that has been made in Quebec since the 19th century, Oka was originally produced by the Trappist monks in the village of Oka.