Fay Ripley's smoky cheese and onion tart

These delectable tarts work with any grated hard cheese, but its the smoke that makes them super-popular.

Enjoy this easy but tasty recipe from actress Fay Ripley - the perfect accompaniment to any summer gatherings. Makes: 4 Ingredients:
  • a splash of olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and fi nely sliced
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
  • 180g (6óoz) smoked Cheddar, e.g. Applewood, grated
  • 200mI (7fl oz) half-fat crème fraîche
  • 320g (11óoz) pack ready rolled
  • shortcrust pastry (or homemade)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the sliced onion until soft and starting to go golden at the edges, about 10 minutes. Throw in the thyme leaves and transfer to a large bowl along with the grated cheese and crème fraîche. Add some black pepper and mix well.
  3. Unroll the pastry onto a lined baking tray. Fold over the edges of the pastry, 1cm (óin) in, all the way around to give the tart an edge. Use a fork to press it into place and mark the border.
  4. Spread the cheesy mix over the base of the tart and scatter with the tomato halves.
  5. Allow to cool slightly and serve on a big wooden board with a crisp green salad.
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