Asparagus & cheese tart

Asparagus & cheese tart

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins

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Cuts into 8 slices
Bring together seasonal British flavours in this springtime quiche

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal329
  • fat24g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars2g
  • fibre1g
  • protein14g
  • salt1g
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    For the pastry

    • 140g plain flour
    • 85g butter, cubed



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 85g cheddar (such as Montgomery or vegetarian alternative), or other hard cheese, finely grated



      Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

    For the filling

    • 5 eggs



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

    • 175ml milk



      One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

    • 100g cheddar (such as Montgomery or vegetarian alternative), or other hard cheese, grated



      Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

    • 300g asparagus, trimmed and cut in half lengthways



      Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They're…


    1. Put the flour in a bowl, add the butter to the flour and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Add the grated cheddar into the pastry and mix. Add 3 tbsp cold water and mix until the pastry forms a ball. Wrap in cling film and chill for 5 mins. Butter a 20 x 6cm deep loose-bottom tart tin, or a 35 x 12cm rectangular tart tin.

    2. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Lightly dust the work surface with flour, roll out the pastry and line the tin. Chill in the freezer for 20 mins, then line the pastry case with baking paper, fill with beans and cook for 15 mins. Remove the beans and paper, then return the pastry case to the oven for 10 mins.

    3. Crack the eggs into a jug, whisk, then add the milk and whisk again. Sprinkle half the grated cheese over the pastry case, then add the asparagus, egg mix and remaining cheese (if using a rectangular tin, you may not need all the mixture, so add it gradually). Bake in the lower half of the oven for 30-35 mins or until the egg mix is set.

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    22nd Jan, 2020
    A comforting way to use asparagus and well received as a side dish with chicken casserole... I added grated parmesan and grilled pancetta cubes to the recipe and plenty of seasoning.
    23rd Apr, 2013
    I tried this because of the good reviews, but I am afraid that I found this too 'eggy'. I have made lots of other far better tart recipes from tis site. It was okay, but I would not make it again.
    4th Mar, 2013
    Yumyum what size round quiche tin did you use/how much milk did you reduce it to? really wanna make it but don't have a rectangular baking tin and don't want it to go wrong if I haven't modified the ingredients properly
    10th Sep, 2012
    Is it ok to freeze this once it is cooked.
    23rd May, 2012
    Really enjoyed this recipe, it was easy to make and looked and tasted good. I substituted the asparagus with spring onions as I couldn't get green asparagus. The cheese & onion combination was great and I would definately make again. The pastry was light and crispy.
    17th May, 2012
    Loved this recipe! Even the husband who doesn't like asparagus enjoyed it. Will be making this again very soon!
    6th Jan, 2012
    It's really nice , goes well with a nice salad.
    7th Aug, 2011
    Charli - the recipe wants you to chill the pastry once it is lining the tart tin. So roll out the pastry, line the tin and then stick the tin (with pastry) in the freezer for 20 mins. The beans are baking beans and are used to stop the base of the pastry rising. You first cover the pastry in the tin with some greaseproof paper and then stick some baking beans on top. You can buy baking beans from most supermarkets/cooking shops and they're only about £4. If you don't have any though you can use anything that will weigh the pastry down such as dried pasta, pulses etc.
    21st Jul, 2011
    can someone explain step 2 for me please? is it just a case of chilling pastry then putting it in tart tin and baking for a few mins on its own? what beans is it referring to? thanks! looks yummy... i wanna try!
    11th May, 2011
    Absolutely delicious, the pastry is fantastic. I did it in a round quiche dish and reduced it to 4 eggs and reduced milk in proportion as I didn't have a long tin. Worked perfectly!


    10th Jul, 2013
    Can this asparagus and cheese tart be frozen?
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