Warm puff pastry tart with goat's cheese, figs, olives and capers

 

About

Geoffrey Smeddle’s tart recipe carries lots of flavour, with the dream combination of goat’s cheese, olives, capers and figs really packing a punch. Preparation is relatively simple for this tart recipe, developed by the chef for the Sunday Herald, but the results are stunning. As is the case in many fig recipes, the figs add a level of sweetness to a collection of savoury ingredients. Have a look through of vegetarian recipes for more meatless dish ideas.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 log of goat’s cheese
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 knob of butter
  • 150ml of double cream
  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, rolled out to about 30cm by 40cm
  • 1 potato
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten with a dash of milk
  • 2 fresh figs
  • 1 tbsp of mini capers
  • 1 tbsp of black olives, stones removed
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves, picked
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper

Method

Step 1.

Peel the onions and halve them. Cut out and discard the root then slice the onions finely

Requires

  • 2 large onions
Step 2.

Heat a wide-based pan and add a film of olive oil, then the onions. Season well with salt and fry gently, allowing the onions to soften. Stir regularly, adding the knob of butter after five minutes

Requires

  • 1 knob of butter
  • olive oil
  • salt

 

Step 3.

Continue cooking until the onions have totally collapsed and are soft to the bite, then add the cream and allow to boil

Requires

  • 150ml of double cream

 

Step 4.

Transfer to a food processor and blitz to a smooth purée. Season to taste and set aside

Requires

  • salt
  • black pepper
Step 5.

Set the oven to 200˚C/Gas mark 6. Place the puff pastry on a baking tray lined with parchment paper

Requires

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
Step 6.

Cut the potato into 1cm thick rounds and place them in each corner of the tray. Cover the pastry sheet with another piece of parchment paper then place another flat baking sheet on top

Requires

  • 1 potato
Step 7.

Cook in the oven until golden, turning the tray halfway through. Once it is a pale gold, remove the pastry from the oven and brush it with egg wash, returning it to the oven for 2 minutes to glaze

Requires

  • 1 egg
Step 8.

Once cooled, store in an airtight container until needed or cover tightly in clingfilm

Step 9.

Set the oven to 190˚C/Gas mark 5. Spread the onion purée across the pastry base. Slice the goat’s cheese into rounds about 0.5cm thick then arrange them across the pastry sheet

Requires

  • 1 log of goat’s cheese
Step 10.

Slice the figs into slim wedges and arrange them leaning against the cheese and across the tart. Scatter the olives, pine nuts and capers over the pastry before sprinkling the thyme leaves on it

Requires

  • 2 fresh figs
  • 1 tbsp of mini capers
  • 1 tbsp of black olives
  • 2 tbsp of pine nuts
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
Step 11.

Drizzle with olive oil, season with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper, and bake in the oven until the cheese starts to soften – it should take about 6 or 7 minutes

Requires

  • olive oil
  • salt
  • black pepper
Step 12.

Using the parchment paper to help you, slide the tart on to a serving platter, drizzle with a touch more olive oil and finish with a last sprinkling of pepper. Serve while still warm

Requires

  • olive oil
  • black pepper
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