Pear and Blue Cheese Tart With Walnut Pastry

Pear and blue cheese tart with walnut pastry

  • serves 6
  • Easy

A lovely vegetarian main for your Christmas dinner or a dish to add another element to a Boxing Day buffet. Shop-bought shortcrust pastry makes life easy and is given a clever twist with added walnuts. You can use up any leftover blue cheese for the wintery pear and blue cheese filling.

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Ingredients

  • shortcrust pastry 500g pack
  • walnuts 100g
  • plain flour for dusting
  • potatoes 150g, peeled and diced
  • butter 10g, plus a knob more
  • onion 1, sliced
  • pear 1, cored and diced
  • egg 1
  • double cream 100ml
  • whole milk 50ml
  • thyme leaves picked to make 1 tbsp, plus extra to decorate
  • blue cheese or vegetarian alternative (plus some Lancashire and goat’s if you have leftovers) 100g, crumbled

Method

  • Step 1

    Break the pastry into a few chunks and put in the food processor with half the walnuts. Pulse to finely chop into the pastry, then roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 23cm tart tin. Chill for 30 minutes while you get the filling ingredients ready.

  • Step 2

    Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the potatoes and simmer until just tender, then drain well, and tip onto kitchen paper to dry.

  • Step 3

    Melt the butter in a pan and fry the onions really gently until very soft. Turn up the heat to caramelise them a little, then remove from the pan to cool. Add the pears with a knob of butter, and fry over a high heat to add a little colour.

  • Step 4

    Whisk the egg, cream, milk, thyme and some seasoning – remember the cheese adds saltiness.

  • Step 5

    Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Line the tart tin with foil, add baking beans and cook for 15 minutes until the pastry is set and sandy in colour. Remove the foil and beans and continue baking for about 10-15 minutes, or until it is golden and cooked through. Turn down the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

  • Step 6

    Lift the pastry from the oven and scatter in the caramelised onions, pear chunks, cooked potatoes, remaining walnuts and most of the cheese. Pour over the egg mixture, top with remaining cheese and a little more thyme, and bake until the tart is set with just a slight wobble in the centre. Serve just warm or at room temperature.

Additional Information

Check out our favourite Christmas vegetarian dishes to try.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 734
  • Fat 53g
  • Carbs 47.3g
  • Fibre 4.6g
  • Protein 14.5g
  • Salt 1.3g
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