Vegetable tart

This vegetable tart recipe by Juliet Sear is packed with colourful vegetables and delicious spring/summer flavours.

Vegetable tart Image credit: © River Thompson
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Perfect for family gatherings, this vegetable tart is totally worth the effort! 

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Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 250g (9oz) plain flour, plus a little extra for dusting
  • 125g (41/2oz) cold butter, diced
  • 30g (1oz) Parmesan, grated grated zest of 1 lemon (you will need a pinch)
  • 1 medium free-range egg yolk

For the filling

  • 2 carrots, peeled
  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 courgettes
  • juice of 1 lemon, plus a pinch of grated zest
  • 250g (9oz) mascarpone
  • 2 medium free-range eggs
  • 50g (13/4oz) Cheddar, finely grated
  • 50g (13/4oz) Parmesan, finely grated
  • 150g (51/2oz) pesto
  • 100g (31/2oz) sundried tomato, finely chopped
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • green salad, to serve (optional)

Instructions

1
To make the pastry, blitz the flour and butter to a crumb. Mix in the cheese and a pinch of lemon zest until just incorporated using the pulse setting.
2
Add the egg yolk and pulse to form a dough. If necessary, add a little ice-cold water.
3
Wrap up the dough and leave in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes before using.
4
Using a mandoline or a sharp knife, slice all the vegetables lengthways as thinly as possible. Brush the aubergine with the lemon juice to prevent it from turning brown.
5
Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas Mark 4. Microwave the carrot slices in a bowl with a few tablespoons of water for 1 minute, then leave to cool. Repeat this process with the other vegetables but only cooking them for 30 seconds. Alternatively, steam for a minute or 2, or pour boiling water over the vegetables and set aside for 20 minutes, to make the vegetables flimsy enough to bend. Drain and leave to cool.
6
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to approximately 5mm (1/4in) thick and line a 20cm (8in) (3cm deep) loose bottomed fluted tart case, trimming off any excess.
7
Line the pastry-lined tin with parchment paper and baking beans and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the beans, then bake for another 5 minutes until golden.
8
To make the filling, mix together the mascarpone, egg, cheeses, pesto, sundried tomato, a pinch of lemon zest and season with salt and pepper. Spread the filling into the base of your tart case.
9
Pat the vegetables dry and season them well. Roll up a stack of the sliced vegetables, aubergine, carrot and courgette to form a spiral and place this in the centre of your tart. Continue wrapping vegetable slices around the spiral, one by one, to form a large rose-like effect. Drizzle the tart with olive oil.
10
Bake for 30-40 minutes until the filling has set and turned lovely and golden. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before serving – I like this best with a green salad.

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