Mushroom & baby spinach tart

Mushroom & baby spinach tart

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(9 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr, 15 mins

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Cuts into 12 slices

You can't have a buffet without a homemade quiche, and everyone is bound to love this vegetarian classic

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal395
  • fat31g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs21g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre1g
  • protein11g
  • salt0.88g
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  • 500g block all-butter shortcrust pastry
  • flour, for dusting



    Flour is usually made from grinding wheat, maize, rye, barley or rice. As the main…

For the filling

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 175g button mushrooms, sliced
  • 140g baby spinach leaves, roughly chopped
  • 5 eggs, beaten



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

  • 100ml milk



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

  • 200ml double cream
  • 200g mature English cheddar, grated



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

  • 2 thyme sprigs, leaves stripped


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…


  1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line a deep 22cm flan tin. Let the edges overhang, don’t trim them yet. Chill in the fridge or freezer for at least 15 mins.

  2. Line the tart case with baking parchment and fill it with baking beans. Place on a baking tray, then bake for 15-20 mins. Remove the beans and parchment, then return to the oven for another 5 mins to cook the base. Remove, then reduce oven temperature to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.

  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan, then cook the mushrooms for 1 min. Add the spinach, then cook for 3 mins more or until wilted down. Combine the eggs with the milk and cream in a jug and season well. Build up the tart by sprinkling the cheese onto the base, then scatter over the vegetables and pour over the cream and egg mix. Sprinkle the thyme over the top, then bake for 40-45 mins or until set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool. Trim the pastry edges and serve in slices with the salads, below.

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13th Jan, 2017
Lovely! Made pastry using Angela Nilsens recipe "ultimate quiche lorraine". Only used three eggs. Replaced the milk with creme fraiche and the double cream with normal cream. Also followed the advice from one of the other comments and fried the mushrooms in a couple of cloves of garlic (minced).
Monkey Binstead
10th Aug, 2015
Sautéed the mushrooms with a couple of cloves of crushed garlic which added real depth to the flavour. Definitely making this one again.
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24th Oct, 2013
I thought I had mushrooms, but there was only 1 left... Then I saw some fresh pumpkin and made this recipe with pumpkin and spinach (I baked the pumpkin with half an onion and some rosemary and sage, then added the spinach. I only used 4 eggs, 150ml thick cream and about half a cup of milk. I put two third of the grated cheese in the egg mixture. It turned out a great quiche and definitely worth making again. I might try adding some nuts or seeds next time to give it a nice crunch!
9th May, 2013
I had a bit of a fail with this one. I think I needed to cook it for longer as the middle was a bit wobbly still, and the flavour was a bit too creamy and cheesy for me. I did use a reduced fat cream though, so maybe this was the problem?
5th Apr, 2013
Lovely! I made my own pastry and included ham as well as mushrooms and cheese and it came out great! Lovely cheesy taste, had a bit of the cream egg mix leftover though. Will definitely make again and maybe experiment with some different fillings.
18th Aug, 2012
Fantastic! I look forward to the leftovers tomorrow.
22nd Feb, 2011
I made my own pastry for this, then swapped half the cream for creme fraiche, and the other half for ricotta cheese. I accidentally forgot the milk (which was fine) and it was completely delicious.
18th Sep, 2010
I used half-fat cream and 3 eggs and semis-skimmed milk, 3 eggs instead! The result was a lighter version of the same
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