Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

Prep time 2 hours
Cook time 1 hour
Servings 4

If you don’t want to make your own shortcrust, use store-bought shortcrust pastry. Then simply begin from the blind baking step.

Ingredients

Shortcrust Pastry
225g plain flour
125g butter, cold and cubed 
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp cold water


Filling
3 bunches of asparagus, cut in half, stalks peeled and trimmed
200ml Bulla pure pouring cream
3 eggs
Pinch of nutmeg
60g Gruyere (or cheddar) cheese, coarsely grated
Salt and pepper

Asparagus and Gruyere Tart

If you don’t want to make your own shortcrust, use store-bought shortcrust pastry. Then simply begin from the blind baking step.

Method

For the pastry, place flour, butter and a pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until it forms a crumb-like consistency. Add the one egg yolk and water, and blend for a few more seconds until it just comes together. Tip pastry out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a rough rectangle. Wrap pastry in cling wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Bring a pot of water to the boil and add the asparagus. Once the water comes back to the boil remove asparagus and chill in iced water before patting dry with paper towel.

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Grease a 10cm x 34cm (approx.) rectangular tart tin with butter. Roll out pastry into a 2-3mm thick rectangle and then line tin with it. Trim and place back in the fridge for 1 hour. Now prick with a fork and cover pastry base with baking paper. Fill with pastry weights (or rice or dried beans). Blind bake for 15 minutes. Remove the pastry weights and paper and allow pastry to cool slightly.

Whisk the three whole eggs with the cream and add the nutmeg, salt and pepper. Arrange asparagus in the tart shell. Scatter over the cheese and carefully pour cream mixture over the asparagus.  Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Serve warm or cold.