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Spring Garden Green Tart

This great spring tart looks and tastes like a morning walk through a beautiful vegetable garden. It is so fresh, and you can use whatever vegetable is in season in your ‘potager’ or at your greengrocer.

Ingredients

  • butter, for greasing

  • plain flour, for dusting

  • 350g (11.oz) shortcrust pastry

  • (see page 10)

  • 200g (7oz) green asparagus,

  • ends trimmed

  • 70g (2.oz) fresh garden peas

  • 70g (2.oz) fresh broad beans

  • 3 eggs

  • 75ml (3floz) Greek yoghurt

  • 200ml (7fl oz) double cream

  • 100ml (3.fl oz) dry white wine

  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon thyme leaves

  • 1 tbsp snipped chives

  • 100g (3.oz) Parmesan cheese,

  • freshly grated

  • salt and freshly ground

  • black pepper

Method

  • 1.

    Butter a 26 x 20cm (10. x 8in) rectangular tart tin, 3cm (1.in) deep.

  • 2.

    Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use it to line the tin.

  • 3.

    Lightly prick the base with a fork. Allow to rest in the refrigerator while preparing the filling.

  • 4.

    Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the asparagus and cook for 5 minutes, or until cooked but still firm. Remove with a slotted spoon and refresh under cold running water. Repeat with the peas, cooking them for 3 minutes, then the broad beans, cooking them for 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C (fan 160°)/350°F/gas mark 4.

  • 6.

    Beat the eggs in a bowl and add the yoghurt, cream, wine and finally the fresh herbs. Beat well to blend, then season with salt and pepper.

  • 7.

    Cover the bottom of the pastry case with half the Parmesan and arrange the asparagus, peas and beans over the top in an attractive way. Sprinkle over the rest of the Parmesan. Carefully pour over the egg mixture – it should come right to the top. Bake in the oven for 30–35 minutes, or until set and nicely golden.

  • 8.

    At home, I serve this lovely tart with a celeriac remoulade and a few thin slices of baked ham.

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