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Squash, Thyme, and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Variation

If you want to make small individual tarts, use 6 round 10cm (4in) round loose-bottomed fluted tart tins. Cut the pastry into 6 rounds, and use to line each tin.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface, and use to line the tart tin. Trim away the excess, line the pastry shell with greaseproof paper, and fill with ceramic baking beans. Bake in the oven for 15–20 minutes until the edges of the pastry are golden. Remove the beans and paper, brush the bottom of the pastry shell with a little of the beaten egg, and return to the oven for 2–3 minutes to crisp. Remove from the oven, and set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).


  2. 2

    Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over a low heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sweat gently for about 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, squash, and half of the thyme leaves, and continue cooking over a low heat for 10–15 minutes until the squash softens and begins to turn golden. You may have to add a little more oil.


  3. 3

    Spoon the squash and onion mixture into the pastry shell, then crumble over the goat’s cheese. Mix the cream with the remaining beaten egg, and season well with salt and black pepper. Carefully pour the cream mixture over the tart filling, and sprinkle with the remaining thyme leaves. Bake in the oven for 20–25 minutes until the tart is puffed and set. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes before releasing from the tin. Serve warm with a rocket salad.


Ingredients

  • 300g ready-made shortcrust pastry
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 - 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded, and chopped into small cubes
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 125g soft goat’s cheese
  • 200ml double cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper

Serves 4

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Recipe published with permission from © Dorling Kindersley Limited. Cook Express 2009.

http://www.dorlingkindersley-uk.co.uk/

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