- 500g pack 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 aubergine, cut into 2½ cm
Although it's technically a fruit (a berry, to be exact), the aubergine is used as a…
- 1 courgette, thickly sliced
The courgette is a variety of cucurbit, which means it's from the same family as cucumber,…
- 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into strips
Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…
- 1 red onion, thickly sliced
- 3 large garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 3 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- 250g cherry plum tomato
- 300ml pot double cream
- 3 eggs
The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…
- ½ small bunch basil, leaves only, plus a few extra leaves to serve
Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…
- 150g pack hard goat's cheese
- handful toasted pine nuts (optional)
Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Toss the aubergine, courgette, pepper and onion together with the garlic, olive oil and some seasoning. Tip onto a large baking tray (you may need to use 2 trays) and roast for 20 mins. Toss through the tomatoes and roast for a further 15-20 mins or until the vegetables are tender and beginning to caramelise.
Meanwhile, roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm loose-bottomed tart tin. Chill for 30 mins.
While the vegetables cool, reduce oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Prick the base of the tart case with a fork, line with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Pop on a baking tray and bake for 15 mins, then remove the beans and parchment. Bake for 10-15 mins more until the pastry is lightly golden.
Reduce oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Squeeze the garlic from their skins into a jug and mash with a little salt to form a paste. Slowly whisk in the cream, followed by the eggs and some seasoning. Toss the basil through the cooled vegetables, then tip two-thirds into the pastry case, spreading out to an even layer. Crumble over three-quarters of the goat’s cheese, then pour over the cream mix. Top with the remaining veg and cheese. Bake for 40-50 mins until the tart is just set, with a slight wobble in the centre. Serve warm for lunch or cold on a picnic, scattered with extra basil leaves, and some toasted pine nuts, if you like.