Broad bean & Lancashire cheese tart

Broad bean & Lancashire cheese tart

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Cooking time

Cook: 1 hr - 1 hr, 50 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Moderately easy


Serves 4

A beautifully British tart to make a picnic special

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



For the pastry

  • (Or use 300g/10oz bought shortcrust pastry )
  • 200g plain flour, sifted
  • 100g chilled unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 medium egg, beaten

For the filling

  • 300g shelled fresh broad beans (about 900g/2lb in their pods)
  • 100g honey roast ham, diced
  • 175g farmhouse Lancashire cheese
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 200ml tub crème fraîche
  • 100ml milk
  • green salad, to serve

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  1. Make the pastry. Tip the flour, butter and salt into a food processor and process briefly, add the egg and process until it forms small clumps. Remove and form into a ball, then wrap in cling film and chill for about 30 minutes. Roll out to fit a 4cm deep, 23cm round loose-bottomed flan tin. Prick the base and chill for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Cook the broad beans in boiling salted water for 3-4 minutes until just tender, drain and refresh in cold water. Pat dry.
  3. Bake the pastry case blind for 15 minutes. Remove from the foil and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Reduce the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan170C.
  4. Scatter the beans and ham in the pastry case and crumble the cheese on top. Whisk together the eggs, crème fraîche and milk and season with salt and pepper. Pour over the beans and bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown and puffed. Serve warm, with salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2002

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Snowdychef's picture

I also struggled with this pastry, whereas my usual pastry recipe doesn't crumble. I was worried that this tart might be a little bland, but I very much enjoyed the subtle flavour. I poded the skins off the beans and that's took me an hour. I dont think the ham added anything to the recipe, so id probably leave it out next time. if you use your own pastry recipe, it's a really nice lunch or dinner option.

fliss3's picture
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pastry recipe wasnt good, it crumbled when i tried to roll it out, perhaps i did something wrong?? made my own twist on filling used cooked shredded chicken, added a bit of brocoli and didnt use creme fraiche just milk.

notmum's picture

Honey roast ham?vegetarian?