- 3 carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthways, or about 10 baby carrots left whole
The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…
- 2 tsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree…
- 15 x 12cm rectangle of all-butter puff pastry from a 320g roll
- 1 banana shallot or 2 normal shallots, very finely diced
Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…
- small knob of butter
Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…
- 140g chestnut mushroom, very finely chopped
- 1 tbsp chopped roasted hazelnut, plus a little extra to garnish
Grown in Europe and the US, hazelnuts are encased in a smooth, hard brown shell but are most…
- 3 tbsp low-fat cream cheese
- a few tarragon leaves, chopped, plus a few leaves to garnish
A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pop the carrots in a pan of boiling water and cook for 4-5 mins until tender. Spread the carrots out in one layer on a baking tray. Carefully toss with olive oil, seasoning and half the maple syrup. Bake for 20 mins, turning once.
Next, place the pastry rectangle on a baking parchment-lined baking sheet. Score a 1cm border. Prick the centre area with a fork and put in the oven for 12 mins with the carrots.
Fry the shallot in butter until totally soft, then stir through the mushrooms. Fry for several mins until mushrooms are tender and the mixture is dry. Spread out on a plate to cool. Whizz a third of the mushroom mixture with the nuts, cream cheese, tarragon and seasoning, so you have a coarse texture. Tip into a bowl and stir through the remaining mushroom mix.
Remove the pastry base from the oven and gently press down the centre area with the back of a spoon. Spread the mushroom mix inside and lay the glazed carrots on top. You may need to tuck the ends round to fit the carrots in. Drizzle over the remaining maple syrup and bake for a further 12-15 mins until the pastry is golden. Sprinkle with a few tarragon leaves and some more chopped nuts to serve.
Make aheadMake the mushroom mixture ahead of time and store in the fridge, or assemble the tart up to the middle of step 4, just before you drizzle with more maple syrup, and chilli for up to a day.