Rustic Carrot Tart

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Serves: 4
- 12 carrots (about 1 1/4 pounds) cut into 1-inch chunks
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 small bunch fresh thyme, chopped
- 1 sheet ready-to-bake puff pastry, thawed, if frozen
- all-purpose flour, for dusting
- salt and pepper, to taste

Step 1

Bring a large saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the carrots, bring back to a boil, and cook for 10–15 minutes, until just tender. Drain, toss with the honey, butter, and thyme and season with salt and pepper.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 400∘F. Spoon the carrots over the bottom of an 8-inch tart pan or round cake pan with a depth of about 1 1/4 inches. Roast in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, or until the carrots are caramelized.

Step 3

Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface into a circle large enough to fit the pan and form a 3/4-inch overlap. Lay the pastry carefully over the carrots and tuck the edges down between the carrots and the side of the pan to make a border. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden.

Step 4

Remove the tart from the oven and turn the pan over onto a plate to release. Cut the tart into slices and serve immediately.

Step 5

Excerpted with permission from "Step By Step Vegetarian: The Perfect Guide to Meat-Free Meals," published by Parragon Books.

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