Peach and Goat Cheese Tart with Rosemary Cornmeal Crust

By • August 21, 2011 • 9 Comments



Author Notes: I really dislike using a rolling pin - it never ends well for me and I hate cleaning the counter afterward - but I saw this dough cutting idea in Real Simple and am totally a convert. Super fruity desserts have never been my thing, so the rosemary and goat cheese in this tart keep things from getting too sweet. The crust is adapted from a pot pie topping in Food and Wine. - VanessaSVanessaS

Food52 Review: This was ridiculously easy. The directions were crystal-clear. VanessaS is absolutely right about the ease of the dough. It came together quickly and easily, as did the other components. As much as I appreciated the ease of the dough, it did go soft once the filling went in but that was really the only drawback. While I like the idea of a more savory dessert, I may try this again with a sweeter and more sturdy sable dough to balance the filling which, though delicious, is not terribly sweet. - cinnamongirl
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Serves 10

  • 1 cup unbleached, all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely ground white cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, which has sat in the freezer for 10 minutes or so
  • 1/4 cup ice water
  • 3/4 cups soft goat cheese
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 5 medium peaches, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 10 inch spring of rosemary
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  1. Whiz the flour, cornmeal, sugar, rosemary and salt in a food processor until combined. Cut butter into ½ inch cubes and add to food processor. Pulse until large crumbs form. Add ice water, pulsing until incorporated, but the mixture still looks like crumbs – the dough shouldn’t come together until you pinch it with your fingers. Pour crumbs out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, press together into a disk, wrap, and refrigerate for at least a half hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400. Spray a 9 inch fluted tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. Unwrap the dough and cut ¼ inch slices off of it, laying slices in the bottom and sides of pan to cover and cutting more as you go. Press the slices together to smooth and cover the pan evenly. Stab the dough with the tines of a fork a few times, cover with parchment paper and fill with beans or pie weights. Bake for 10 minutes, remove the parchment and beans, and continue baking 10 to 15 minutes, until golden. Cool completely.
  3. While the crust is baking, combine the water, sugar, and rosemary spring in a small saucepan over high heat. Swirl until the sugar dissolves, then swirl occasionally while mixture boils, turning the heat off when the mixture just starts to look thick - about 3 minutes. Let the syrup cool for 10 minutes, reserve the rosemary for garnish, and pour the syrup into a wide, shallow pan (like a lasagna pan). Place the peach slices in one layer on top of the syrup and let them sit for at least a half hour - there will be more peach slices than neccessary to account for any unattractive slicing casualties (those can be your snack). After a half hour, flip the slices and let the other side sit for at least a half hour.
  4. Just before serving, mix the goat cheese, cream cheese, greek yogurt and sugar. Spread the goat cheese mixture into the tart shell and arrange the peach slices in circles on top. Use the reserved rosemary to garnish.
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about 1 year ago Katie1

Beautiful tart! This photo makes me hungry.

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almost 3 years ago Sagegreen

This sounds like a cheesecake that is both sweet and savory. Delicious and beautiful!

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almost 3 years ago VanessaS

Thanks, Sagegreen!

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almost 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Beautiful photo and really nice tart I love the not too sweet pies and tarts.

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almost 3 years ago VanessaS

Thanks, sdebrango!

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almost 3 years ago Niknud

What a beautiful picture. Sounds like a fantastic recipe - love the cheeses and yogurt combination. Inspired!

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almost 3 years ago VanessaS

Thanks, Niknud!

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almost 3 years ago Dessert's On Me

Very pretty! Sounds yummy, too!

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almost 3 years ago VanessaS

Thank you!