Pea, tarragon and cream cheese pithivier

  • serves 2-4
  • Easy

A pithivier is a classic French savoury tart, round in shape and marked with a sunbeam pattern. Once you have learnt the technique, it is easy to change the filling. This is a great vegetarian one to start with – peas, tarragon and cream cheese.



  • puff pastry 1 × 500g pack, rolled out and cut into 2 × 14cm circles and 2 × 16cm circles
  • onion 1, finely chopped and cooked in a knob of butter until soft
  • frozen peas 150g, defrosted
  • cream cheese 125g, beaten until soft
  • tarragon small bunch, chopped
  • lemon ½, zested
  • egg 1, beaten
  • parsley a handful, chopped


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Mix all the ingredients together except the pastry and egg. Lay the 2 smaller pastry circles out on a baking sheet and heap the filling in the middle, brush around the edges with egg and lay the bigger circles on top. 

  • Step 2

    Press the edges together with a fork, score a pattern on the top and brush with egg. Bake for 25 minutes or until puffed and golden.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 253
  • Carbs 95.3g
  • Protein 23g
  • Fat 89.2g
  • Salt 2.41g
  • Saturates 42.8g
  • Fibre 4.7g