A handful of a walnuts transform this cheese tart from tasty to terrific. Not only do they add texture and colour, but their nuttiness goes really well with the creamy but sharp cheese. With a tomato salad, and a bottle of red wine, it makes a very fine lunch indeed.


  • 50g walnut halves

  • 300g plain flour

  • 150g chilled, salted butter, diced

  • 450ml double cream

  • 2 large eggs plus 2 yolks

  • 150g good mature vegetarian Cheddar, grated

  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

  • Tomato and red onion salad, to serve

  • Red wine vinegar, to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6.

  • 2.

    Place the walnuts in a food processor and whiz until ground.

  • 3.

    Add the flour and butter and whiz again until the mixtures forms fine crumbs.

  • 4.

    Pour in 3 tbsp very cold water and pulse again to form a firm dough.

  • 5.

    Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and use to line a 20cm loose-bottomed tart tin then chill for 30 minutes.

  • 6.

    Prick the base, fill with crumpled foil and bake for 10 minutes then remove the foil.

  • 7.

    Lower the oven to 180C/gas 4.

  • 8.

    Beat together the cream and eggs until well blended. Stir in the cheese and chilli flakes and pour into the tart case.

  • 9.

    Bake for 25 minutes until just set.

  • 10.

    Leave to cool for a few moments the lift out of the tin sliced.

  • 11.

    Serve with a tomato and red onion salad drizzled with red wine vinegar.

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