Delicate, nutty pastry provides a perfect backdrop to the creamy filling of this mouthwatering meat-free main course.
Preparation Time: 40 Minutes
Cook Time: 1 Hour 20 Mins (Plus Chilling & Cooling)
*For the pastry:
- 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting.
- 50g walnuts (shelled weight)
- 50g cold butter, chopped into small pieces
- 25g vegetarian hard cheese (or Parmesan if you're not making a strictly vegetarian version)
- 1 medium egg, beaten
*For the filling:
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 shallots, sliced
- 3 large garlic clovers, finely chopped
- 1 whole egg, and 2 egg yolks
- 200m double cream
- 140g vegetarian Taleggio, rind removed, cut into 1cm in chunks.
- 1 punnet cress
- Zest, 1 lemon, plus extra to serve.
1. To make the pastry, whizz the flour and walnuts in a food processor until the walnuts are very fine. Add the butter and cheese and whizz again until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the beaten egg and 1 tsp cold water. Pulse until the mixture forms a dough, adding a little more water if needed. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.
2. Heat oven to 200°c/180°c fan/gas 6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to the thickness of a 50p piece and use it to line a 23cm tart tin. Prick the base several times with a fork and return to the fridge to chill for a further 15 minutes. (Don't be tempted to skip this step - it will help prevent any shrinkage).
3. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and add the shallots and garlic. Fry for 5-10 minutes until the shallots have softened and are golden. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
4. Line your pastry with baking parchment, fill with baking beans and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes. This will allow the base to dry out before you add the filling. Reduce to the oven to 160°c/140°c fan/gas 3.
5. Crack the egg into a medium-sized serving mixing bowl and add the yolks. Beat lightly with a fork before pouring in the cream. Stir in the shallots and garlic, as well as three-quarters of the Talegio, three -quarters of the cress and the lemon zest. Season.
6. Pour the mixture into the tart case, add the remaining cheese and season with pepper.
7. Bake for 40-50 minutes until the filling is set and feels firm to touch. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Scatter over the remaining cress and lemon zest.
Credit: Georgina Fuggle