Asparagus tart with tomato salad

  • Preparation time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking time: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

320g pack puff pastry sheet
Egg wash, for brushing
50ml crème fraîche or soured cream
2 medium Waitrose British Blacktail Free Range Eggs, beaten
50g Gruyère, grated
2 tbsp tarragon, finely chopped
12 asparagus spears, trimmed and halved lengthways
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp olive oil
100g ricotta

FOR THE TOMATO SALAD
½ red onion, very thinly sliced
400g Waitrose 1 Red Choice Tomatoes, thickly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
A few basil leaves, for garnish
 

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Unroll the pastry, leaving it on its baking parchment and place on a baking tray. Score a 1.5cm wide border around the edge. Brush the pastry with egg wash and prick over the whole area within the border with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes until a light golden brown. Leave to cool.

2. Mix the crème fraîche, eggs, Gruyère and tarragon together and season. Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for 2 minutes, then refresh under cold water. Put in a bowl, season, then toss with the zest and oil.

3. Spread the crème fraîche mixture over the pastry, avoiding the border, then dot over teaspoons of the ricotta. Top with the asparagus. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until the filling has just set and the asparagus has started to brown.

4. To make the salad, sprinkle the onion with salt and cover with iced water. Leave to soak for 10 minutes, then drain. Arrange the tomatoes and onions on a plate, then season. Drizzle over the olive oil and lemon juice. Garnish with a few basil leaves and serve with the tart.