Possibly Losing My Mind

Goat Cheese The Past few weeks I feel like I have been slowly losing my mind. I just generally feel out of it. I think its the stress of my work and the upcoming holidays which I am wholly unprepared for. And because of that I have been really slacking around here. I am still cooking and baking, but I don’t have the mental ability to formulate cohesive sentences after working all day and still trying to lead a normal life. So my Blog Posts would have been something like this.

“ I made this Tart and it was good, it has pears in it. You should make it because it tastes good”

“I like pears, goat cheese and puff pastry, they taste good, and this is easy.”

I’m not kidding here people. That is what you would have gotten from me. So instead of making you want to reach through your computer screen and strangle me for my horrible sentence structure and grammar. I figured I should wait this out and wait until I could formulate a half way intelligent for you all. So I’m hopefully on the up and up, and should be posting more than one Blog post this week. So with out Further Ado, the Post I promised weeks ago.

Balsamic Syrup

Balsamic Goat Cheese and Pear Tart

1 Sheet of thawed puff pastry

1 1/2 cups of Left over Pears from THIS

5 oz of Goat Cheese

1 1/2 teaspoons of Dried Thyme

1/3 cup of Balsamic Syrup – Recipe below

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a bowl combine the pears and thyme and set aside. Crumble the goat cheese over the puff pastry in a nice even layer and then top with the pears. Bake for 14-18 minutes or until the puff pastry is a nice golden brown. Drizzle liberally with the balsamic syrup all over the tart.

Balsamic Syrup

1 1/2 cups of Balsamic Vinegar

2 tablespoons of sugar

Cook Vinegar and Sugar over medium high heat until the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. About 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Pear Tart


  1. I totally understand the inability to write sometimes. It's amazing how I'll find the strength to cook most of the time, but I'll struggle with much more than "yum, this was good" on my blog posts. And then, all at once, I'll have a streak where I can crank out the blog writing in like 20 minutes. Guess we all go through phases. This tart looks great.

  2. lol...I feel you! I often feel like I have lost my brain!!!

  3. Love this! I don't think my brain is working either:)

  4. Katie, I think you will find you are not alone! I have not posted as much myself because I have so much going on in my personal life that I can barely stand to think about my blog. I actually started a post today and have saved it thinking I have to come back later. My mind isn't working....

    BTW, that tart looks really yum. I haven't eaten a thing today with the exception of some butterscotch candy in the office and I'm ready to tear into something delicious about now!

  5. What a beautiful recipe - well worth the wait! With a tart like this, I would have forgiven any grammatical indiscretions.

  6. very interesting and flavorful tart!
    love the combination of everything!

  7. i never heard of combining pears and balsamic but definitely sounds like a good match. gotta try it!

  8. love the sweet and savory aspects of this--very nice combo! once again, i raise my glass to the wonder that is puff pastry.
    also, please don't lose your mind. :)

  9. I am a huge fan of balsamic syrup....and here in this tart with goat cheese and pear--wonderful!

  10. Love balsamic..love pears...love puff pastry! A winner all round!

  11. This looks so good! And OMG - holidays? So not on my radar yet!

  12. Completely understand. I'm in a nearly vegetative state when I get home at night and try to fit all the cooking, shooting & writing on the weekends. Um, right. So not fun. But this tart is amazing. LOVE the flavors you've chosen. Very nice.


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