- 500g pack all-butter shortcrust pastry
- knob of butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 2 large leeks, sliced
Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…
- 250g ricotta
Ricotta is an Italian curd cheese. Made from whey, it is traditionally a by-product of making…
- 100ml double cream
- 2 eggs
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…
- 2 tbsp chopped tarragon
A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…
- 100g Gruyère or vegetarian alternative, grated
Gruyère is an undoubted pinnacle of traditional Swiss cheese-making, a culinary masterpiece as…
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Roll out the pastry and use to line a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Prick the base with a fork and line with baking parchment and baking beans. Sit the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 10 mins, then remove beans and parchment and return to the oven for a further 5 mins until pale golden. Reduce oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pan and gently cook the leeks for 10 mins until softened. Beat together the ricotta, cream, eggs, tarragon, a little salt and plenty of black pepper. Stir in the leeks and all but a handful of the cheese.
Pour the mixture into the tart case and scatter over the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 mins until golden and set. Leave to settle for 5 mins, then carefully remove from the tin and allow to cool a little on a wire rack. Serve warm.