Books & Baking – The Hunger Games

Hey, lovelies! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, mostly because life gets busy and I’m horribly forgetful. This was the hardest recipe that I’ve attempted so far, mostly because of the apples (you’ll see what I mean about the apples once you get to the part with the pictures.)  I also did this forever ago, like before Christmas forever ago. For this edition of Books & Baking, I’ve chosen to attempt a recipe from The Hunger Games.

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Book:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Read my full review here!

If you don’t know what The Hunger Games is about, what cave do you live in? I have loved this series for so many years. I love the strong female that is Katniss Everdeen. I love the creativity of this potential future world. This series will always hold a special place in my heart.

“Stupid people are dangerous.”

“I don’t want to lose the boy with the bread.”

“Kind people have a way of working their way inside me and rooting there.”

“For there to be betrayal, there would have to have been trust first.”

Baking: Peeta’s Goat Cheese & Apple Tarts

Find the full recipe here!

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I chose to make Peeta’s goat cheese & apple tarts for two reasons. The first because there was a recipe for it and second because I didn’t want to make bread.

“We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,” he says.

“Bet that’s expensive,” I say.

“Too expensive for my family to eat. Unless it’s gone very stale. Of course, practically everything we eat is stale,” says Peeta, pulling the sleeping bag up around him.” 

Crust Ingredients

all purpose flour
powdered sugar
almond meal
room temperature butter
vanilla extract
whole eggs

Goat Cheese Filling Ingredients

softened goat cheese
sour cream
egg
honey

Apple  Topping Ingredients

gala apples
honey
lemon juice
apricot jam

Instructions

Cream butter until it resembles mayonnaise. Add powdered sugar and mix on medium. Add vanilla and egg. Combine almond meal and flour, then add in batches. Wrap dough, once fully combined, in plastic and refrigerate for two hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease twelve small tart tins (I used a mini muffin pan.)

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut circles a bit bigger than your tart tins (or muffin pans). Gently form circles into pan. Bake tarts for about ten minutes with parchment paper and baking beans. Remove paper and bake another five minutes. Then let cool and prepare the filling. Mix together goat cheese, sour cream, egg, and honey. Then set aside.

Slice apples into quarters and remove core. With a very sharp knife,  thinly  (like a thin as you can possibly cut them) slice apples Toss with the honey and lemon juice. Microwave the apples for a few seconds, until warm and the apples are flexible.

Fill tarts about 3/4 of the way with filling. Create the apple flowers by first creating a cone shape with one apple slice. Start layering the slices around the cone while making sure to leave the larger slices for the outside petals. Place the flower on the tart. Fill in any open gaps with more apples. Bake for 10 minutes or until the filling is just set. Let cool and carefully unmold it from the tin. Brush the apples with the jam to finish.

And here’s the final product! These were a total hit in my house, they were gone in literally two days. They were sweet, but not overly so. Tasty and perfectly bite-sized.

Is this something you would make?  Let me know in the comments!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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