Asparagus & Goat's Cheese Tart
PREPARE 20 MINUTES COOK 30 MINUTES
200g Plain flour
100g Salted butter, kept cold in the fridge
Cold water, as needed
2 happy egg Yolks
(keep the whites for glazing the pastry)
6 Asparagus spears
100g Mild Goat’s cheese
150ml Double cream
2 happy eggs
2 happy egg yolks
Pinch of salt
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In a bowl, scrape the butter into small pieces, then, whilst slowly
adding the flour, press and mix the ingredients to make a crumble
mixture. Once it’s crumbly, add the egg yolks and mix through to
bind the mixture loosely. If the mixture will not bind together, add
1 tsp of cold water and continue to mix. Only add 1 tsp of water at
a time and never more than 4 tsp of water in total.
Place the pastry on a piece of clingfilm, wrap tightly, then roll into
a sausage shape and place in the fridge for 60 minutes
We need to blind-bake the tart base. On a floured surface, roll-out
the pastry to a thickness of a £1 coin. Gently place the pastry in a
floured tart tin and mould it into the corners with your fingers;
don’t tidy the edges yet because the pastry will shrink when it is
baked (save a little of the pastry in case cracks or holes form
during the blind baking)
Prick with a fork all over, to stop it from rising and place in a
preheated oven at 180°C for 8 minutes.
Remove from the oven, check for any holes or cracks and patch
them with your spare pastry. Allow the tart to cool for 5 minutes,
glaze it with the beaten egg white (this will seal the base of the tart)
and place back in the oven for a further 2 minutes. Remove from
the oven, and trim the edges with a sharp knife
Make the custard by whisking together the eggs, egg yolks, cream,
milk and salt. Whisk until it is smooth and fully combined. Cut 5
slices of Goat’s Cheese and set aside for decorating the tart.
Crumble the rest of the Goat’s Cheese into the bowl and gently
Turn the oven down to 140°C. Pour the filling into the tart,
decorate with the slices of Goats cheese and the asparagus
spears. Place the tart in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Check
it’s cooked by lightly shaking the tin, the mixture should be firm
but still a bit wobbly, like a jelly (it will continue to cook for a
while once removed from the oven)
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