Gizzi Erskine's courgette, goat’s cheese and toasted pinenut tart recipe

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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!

  • Vegetarian
Makes6 slices
SkillEasy
Preparation Time30 mins
Cooking Time1 hours
Total Time1 hours 30 mins
Cost RangeCheap

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!

Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 225g plain flour
  • 100g butter, ice cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 free range egg

Or

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

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Method

  1. 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.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface then line a 25cm tart case. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 20 mins.
  3. 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
  4. 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 around foolproof meals and a love of eating. Her first book, Gizzi’s Kitchen Magic (opens in new tab) gave readers a break from the pressure of creating fantastic (but one-off) recipes and focused our attention on how to create great meals every time. Within just one book she covered how to master pasta dough and pastry, as well as tips on how to make perfect poached eggs and other exciting recipes. Gizzi Erskine is perhaps most renowned however, for her passion for pop-up eateries. She has been on many ventures inspired by food from all over the world including Korea, Lebanon and California. In 2020, she launched The Nitery on St Martin’s Lane in London, in the space once occupied by famous fusion restaurant, Asia de Cuba. Previously, Gizzi ran a vegan pop-up burger bar in Shoreditch, London. Her most recent book, Slow, was released in 2018. It encourages readers to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and take time to create something special in the kitchen. If you’re looking to do the same, we’ve got plenty of Gizzi’s most famous recipes (opens in new tab) to indulge in on our site. You might enjoy her Instagram-famous chicken katsu curry (opens in new tab) recipe, or this Vietnamese pot roast chicken (opens in new tab). If you’re looking for dessert, then Gizzi’s unique recipes for ice cream (opens in new tab), cake and cookies will appeal to any sweet tooth. Gizzi lives in East London, in an apartment that marks her passion for the loud and lairy, with her two cats, Ponzu and Kimchi.