Sprout, comté & walnut tart cut into slices ready to serve

Sprout, comté & walnut tart

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins


Serves 6-8

Make the most of seasonal sprouts this winter with this tasty tart. It combines comté cheese and walnuts in a wonderful spelt and pumpkin seed pastry case 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving (8)

  • kcal672
  • fat56g
  • saturates29g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre5g
  • protein18g
  • salt1.2g


  • flour, for dusting



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

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

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

  • knob of butter



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

  • 1 leek, sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 1 sharp green apple, diced



    Grown in temperate regions, apples are one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits. There are…

  • 200g Brussels sprouts, shredded
    Brussels sprouts

    Brussels sprouts

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    The quintessential Christmas dinner veg, Brussels sprouts are thought to have been cultivated in…

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 200ml double cream
  • 50g natural yogurt
  • 100g comté (or vegetarian alternative), grated, plus extra to serve
  • 3 eggs



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

  • freshly grated nutmeg



    One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury

  • handful of walnuts

For the pastry

  • 50g pumpkin seeds, blitzed to a crumb
  • 150g spelt flour
  • 1 tsp dried thyme


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

  • 5g grated parmesan or vegetarian alternative



    Parmesan is a straw-coloured hard cheese with a natural yellow rind and rich, fruity flavour. It…

  • 125g butter



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

  • 1 egg yolk


  1. First off, make the pastry. Put the pumpkin seeds in the bowl of a food processor and pulse briefly to a crumb. Add the flour, thyme, parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) and ½ tsp salt and pulse again to combine. Add the butter and pulse to a breadcrumb consistency, then add the egg yolk and blitz again. Add iced water to the mix, 1 tbsp at a time, blitzing between additions until the dough clumps together (ours took 2 tbsp to reach this consistency). Tip the dough out into a bowl and bring together into a smooth ball with your hands, adding a little more flour if it’s sticky. Wrap in baking parchment and chill for 30 mins.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Once rested, dust a work surface with flour and roll the pastry out to the thickness of a £1 coin. If it’s difficult to work with, you can do this between two pieces of baking parchment. Line a 23cm round tart tin with the pastry, prick the base, then fill with parchment and baking beans. Blind bake for 15 mins, then remove the beans and parchment and cook for a further 12 mins. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. 

  3. Heat the olive oil and butter over a medium-high heat. Gently fry the leek with a pinch of salt and a grinding of fresh black pepper for 6-8 mins until softened and aromatic. Add the apple and sprouts and fry for a further 5 mins until the sprouts are softened and the apple is colouring. Remove from the heat and squeeze over the lemon juice, tossing to coat.

  4. Combine the double cream, yogurt, cheese, eggs and a good grating of nutmeg. Season and whisk until combined. Pour half the custard into the tart case and top with half the leek and sprout mix. Pour in the rest of the custard and top with the remaining sprout mixture. Dot the walnuts around the top of the tart.

  5. Bake for 20-25 mins until puffed and golden, then remove from the oven and allow to settle for 10 mins before slicing. Scatter over a little of the grated comté (or vegetarian alternative) to serve.

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