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taste test: which supermarket makes the best savoury summer tart?

Who makes the best summer tart? We took over the olive test kitchen to taste and rate supermarket savoury tarts. See who comes out on top in our taste test. Contenders include M&S, Tesco, Co-op and Morrisons.

How we did our taste test

We asked supermarkets to send in their best egg-based savoury tart, ideally one that could be served cold for a picnic.

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After trying the tarts cold from the pack, we thought all of them were hugely improved by heating as it gave the pastry a chance to crisp in the oven. 

All of the tarts were tasted blind. This taste test was done by food editor Janine Ratcliffe and cookery writer Anna Glover. 


JOINT WINNER!

M&S Pea and Ham Hock Quiche, £2.50/400g

We loved the texture of the whole peas, which retained a fresh ‘pop’ and gave it a really summery flavour. The little chunks of ham hock provided salty hits. The buttery pastry crisped up well after heating, and was the nicest pastry of the bunch.


JOINT WINNER!

Morrisons Signature Maple-Cured Bacon and Gruyere Tart, £2.69/400g

This tart’s egg filling was the best we tasted. It had a creamy, super-light savoury custard and the bacon flavour really came through. The pastry is a little thick, which stops it crisping up as well as it could. The appearance of the tart was definitely improved by heating as the bacon on top looked a little pale when cold.


We also tried 

The Co-op Truly Irresistable Feta, Pine nut and Watercress tarts, £2.99/2 x 240g tarts

The pine nuts on top were a nice touch and this is an imaginative veggie choice. We liked the combination of feta and watercress but felt it could have done with a bit more filling to pastry.


Tesco Quiche Lorraine, £2.00/400g

The filling was more like a rich white sauce than the promised quiche and didn’t have the eggy lightness we were looking for. The pastry was a bit too thick and this one really needed heating to come alive.


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