• February 6, 2021

Mediterranean Tart

Mediterranean Tart

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This is the most delicious tart to accompany a fresh salad for supper, or just a slice of it on its own when you’re peckish, because you blinkin’ well deserve it! The sun-drenched Mediterranean ingredients will help you feel that sunnier days are definitely on the way.

I’ve used this recipe as a little pastry masterclass as well – because I think the actual ‘how to do it’ with pastry is often overlooked.

Mediterranean Tart

Recipe by Gemma SimmoniteCourse: MainDifficulty: Medium

Ingredients

  • For the shortcrust pastry
  • 200g plain flour

  • 100g butter chilled and cubed

  • 1 large free-range egg

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 1 tablespoon of cold water

  • Filling ingredients
  • 3 large free-range eggs

  • 250ml double cream

  • 1 tsp of salt

  • 4 tbsp of tomato sauce (you could use roasted cherry tomatoes instead)

  • 180g extra mature Cheddar grated

  • 75g of feta cheese, cubed

  • A handful of roasted vegetables

  • 4 tsp of fresh pesto

  • A handful of sliced black olives

  • Snipped chives

Directions

  • Method for Pastry
  • Pour all the ingredients into a food processor and use the pulse button to blitz the ingredients gradually. Do this carefully – it will start to turn into breadcrumbs, then will turn into clumps. When it gets to this stage, empty onto a floured surface and bring together gently – the less you knead the better your pastry as you won’t over work the glutens and end up with tough pastry.
  • Wrap the pastry and chill in the fridge for an hour – doing this will help the pastry relax and will prevent it from shrinking when baking.
  • On a floured surface roll out the pastry from the centre, moving it around to ensure equal thickness. Roll the pastry’s diameter 3inches larger than your tart tin.
  • When you’ve rolled to the right size, about the thickness of a pound coin, roll the pastry towards you over your rolling pin, then unroll the pastry over your tin starting closest to you.
  • Gently ease the pastry into the tin using the heel of you hand, whilst pushing up a little at the same time.
  • Cut the over-hang by angling the rolling pin.
  • When cut gently push up the pastry from the sides, then prick all over with a fork.
  • Chill again in the fridge for at least an hour.
  • When chilled, line with crumpled baking parchment and line with baking beans.
  • Put in a 205C/400 pre-heated oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the parchment and beans and bake for a further 3-4 minutes until just golden.
  • Your pastry case is now ready for filling.
  • Method for filling
  • Lower the oven to 175C/350F.
  • Crack the eggs into a jug and whisk with the double cream and salt.
  • Spoon the tomato sauce thinly into the pastry case, followed by the cheeses – reserve some of the cheddar and the feta for the final topping.
  • Layer with the roasted vegetables, black olives and chives and drizzle over the pesto sauce, again reserve a little of all of these for the final topping.
  • Carefully pour over the egg custard, and finish with more of the cheeses and leftover ingredients.
  • Carefully transfer to the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
  • Allow to cool in the tin.

Notes

  • Allow to cool in the tin.
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