Category Tarts

Easy beetroot, goats’ cheese & walnut tart

This is a very simple tart that is great eaten either hot or cold and is, for me, tart that can be enjoyed at any time of the year. It can be assembled in minutes so that is is merely a matter of baking the tart. It is even easier using bought pastry, but if […]

Pea and ham filo bites

This is a such a simple bake, and is ideal using left-over ham at Christmas and bits and bobs lurking around: frozen peas, a dollop of chutney and mustard……The actual proportions are only a guideline, so add more or less depending on what you have to hand. It can be made even speedier using bought […]

Tarte tatin

After a very inspiring run of many years, bringing so many food bloggers together, the Secret Recipe Club is sadly coming to an end. I gate-crashed this wonderful party very late in the game (just a few months ago), but it has been an exciting part of each month: I have discovered new blogs and have cooked my way through […]

Salted Honey Tart

For this month’s Secret Recipe Club assignment, I was allocated Emily’s delightful Life on Food blog. I love Emily’s enjoyment of creating meals from scratch: it’s a great approach to food and I share her feelings on how rewarding it is to do this. I also love the idea of Emily’s annual trips to Disneyland: I […]

The simplest asparagus & chicken tart

This is a very simple tart using what is the last of this year’s allotment asparagus, the rest of some chicken breasts I had gently poached for another dish and some general left-over bits and pieces. I always have a stash of all-butter puff pastry in the freezer for quick bakes such as these and […]

Passion fruit & peach tarts (lower-fat!)

Inspired by a passion fruit pannacotta I had a few months ago, these are very simple fragrant tarts that I made for a friend’s birthday: the tarts have a full-on passion fruit flavour, a kick of rum-soaked peaches and the richness of white chocolate in the background. Ideal for a party, buffet or any occasion when you […]

Lemongrass custard tarts

Hot-smoked salmon & horseradish tart (low-fat)

This is a very simple, low-fat tart using hot-smoked salmon: one of my favourite ways of eating salmon! With its rich, deep, smoky flavour a little goes a long way: about 200g of the salmon will make this tart, with generous chunks of salmon in each bite. Very little is needed in the filling with […]

Absolute Spice: product review & recipe ideas

I love focusing on flavour in my bakes; flavour is by far the key consideration when I am baking, whether I am recreating a favourite bake or working on a new idea. And excellent quality ingredients are always my priority. I was very fortunate to have received some spices from Absolute Spice and I cannot stop using them! In fact […]

Spiced smoked cod & fennel tart

This is a lightly spiced tart with rich, smoky cod and the subtle aniseed flavour of fennel. It is very much a comfort-eat and makes a satisfying light meal served warm or cold. About this recipe This is a variation on my kedgeree-style tart that I was so proud to have been selected by BBC […]

Treacle tart with a hint of orange

For me, a treacle tart is the epitome of comfort food, especially with the nights drawing in and the temperature outside dropping of an evening! This rich, sticky tart has just a hint of orange in both the pastry and the filling, and is a version of a recipe I have been making for decades. It has a […]

Roasted cauliflower cheese tart

If you love cauliflower cheese you really must make this tart! I have been making this particular tart for well over a decade, inspired initially by a savoury crumble I ate at a restaurant. Essentially this tart is a wholemeal pastry case filled with cauliflower cheese and topped with a savoury crumble. Perhaps the topping makes this […]

Shortcrust pastry & fool-proof blind-baking

This post is part of my Baking Tips page (whivh also has tips for macarons, croissants, cake decorating ideas and bread.) Key pastry tips Flavouring the dough Recipe: standard shortcrust pastry Flavour variations: flavouring the dough for both sweet & savoury pastry Rolling out tips Lining a tin Baking blind Using the blind-bake pastry case Gluten-free shortcrust […]

Wild mushroom tart (gluten-free)

A mixture of rehydrated dried mushrooms and fresh wild mushrooms, cooked down slowly for intensity of flavour, makes a wonderful tart/quiche. Second only to a cheese and onion quiche for me, this is great served warm for so many occasions when good comfort food is the prder of the day. I have been making this […]

Beetroot, caramelised shallot & goat’s cheese tarts with walnut pastry

  This is an unapologetically rustic tart: the balance between the earthiness of the beetroot, the tang of the goats’ cheese and the sweet-sharpness of the caramelised shallots is fantastic; even friends of mine who claim not to like either beetroot or goats’ cheese (and shame on them!) polish off this tart quite easily! The […]

Simple Crab & Asparagus Tart

Wonderfully simple and very quick to prepare, this is a recipe in a similar vein to my salmon and asparagus tart, created with the aim of using the asparagus from my allotment in different ways. Still, whichever way I go for with the asparagus, steamed asparagus with a little salt, some melted butter and a […]

Poached Salmon & Asparagus Tart

I adore tarts: served warm with a good salad, perhaps with some cheese, a few pickles and some good bread they make for a satisfyingly light meal. As salmon and asparagus are such great partners they make a truly wonderful tart. I very lightly poach the salmon and steam the asparagus and set these in […]

Smoked Haddock Tarts – my nod to kedgeree

  Update: this recipe is one of my favourite savoury bakes and I was delighted that BBC Good Food Magazine selected it in their 25th Anniversary issue in 2014. These are very special tarts: crisp, melt-in-the-mouth and gently spiced pastry cases filled with buttery leeks, and flakes of smoked haddock in a just-set and subtly flavoured curried […]

Tomato & Pesto Canapés

Home-grown tomatoes with freshly made pesto make for one of my favourite flavour combinations and I have been making simple tarts using these two ingredients for many years. As with many of my bakes, I love eating miniature versions, as the idea of grazing casually on finger-food never fails to excite me, so these canapé-sided tartlets […]

Smoked Salmon Tart

This is my version of the classic smoked salmon tart: a great retro-bake that is always a joy to eat. For this version I use those wonderful smoked salmon fillets you can buy rather than the thin slices of slimy smoked salmon that comes flat (mind you, I do have a weakness for the thin, […]

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

  A tarte tatin is a wonderful thing to eat, more commonly as a dessert when made with fruit and served warm with cream. However, a savoury tarte tatin works very well indeed and this is one of my favourites, with simplicity being very much the key: the soft onions and the saltiness of the […]

Quick Apple Tart

This is lovely dessert that is both simple and quick to make. It is equally lovely served either warm or chilled, with a dollop of cream or ice cream. The tart can also be made very small and served as petits fours. I tend to make a quick rough-puff pastry for this tart but a […]

Bacon and Brie Tart

Fresh onion chutney, crisp bacon and creamy brie are an excellent combination and they make for a light, flavoursome tart. This tart is perfect served with a green salad dressed with a lemony vinaigrette. I tend to make puff pastry, often doubling up the ingredients in order to freeze half for a later time. However, […]

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