Cheese and pastry are a match made in heaven, which gave Gizzi the idea for this delicious tart. It’s very simple to make and perfect for lunches!
For the pastry
- 225g plain flour
- 100g butter, ice cold and cut into cubes
- 1 free range egg
500g packet of shortcrust pastry
For the filling
- 3 egg yolks
- 150ml double cream
- 100g Parmesan cheese, grated
- a small handful of mint, finely chopped
- 1 green courgette, sliced into ribbons with a potato peeler
- 1 yellow courgette, sliced into ribbons with a potato peeler
- 100g good soft mild goat’s cheese
- 50g toasted pinenuts
- If making the pastry place the flour, butter and a pinch of salt into a food processor and blitz until it resembles breadcrumbs. Crack the egg in and bring together until it forms a pastry ball. Wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface then line a 25cm tart case. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 20 mins.
- Heat oven to 200C. Line the case with baking paper and fill with baking beans. Bake blind for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and finish baking for a further 10 minutes until the pastry is golden. Leave to cool in the case, then carefully trim the edges of the pastry
- Gently beat together the eggs and cream. Add in the Parmesan cheese and mint, then season with salt and pepper. Fill the tart case with the filling. Mix together the courgette ribbons and heap into the tart. Dot with the crumbled goats cheese and pine nuts, then pop in the oven to bake for 20-25 mins until just set and golden.
Top Tip for making Gizzi Erskine's courgette, goat’s cheese and toasted pinenut tart
Mint may seem like a strange ingredient with this but it goes well and really livens up the courgette and goat’s cheese
Gizzi Erskine is the phenomenal chef behind many of the nation’s much-loved cookery programmes such as Cook Yourself Thin, Cookery School, The Wine Show and Cooks to Market. She has also appeared as a chef on daytime television shows, such as Good Morning Britain. Born as Griselda Erskine in Dumfries, Scotland in 1979, Gizzi moved to London with her parents as a child. She graduated top of her year from the prestigious Leith’s School of Food and Wine before going on to launch her career as a chef. Since 2010, Gizzi has released eight cookery books focused on foolproof meals and a love of eating.
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