Goat’s Cheese & Pepper Tart

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This post is inspired by Week 5 of GBBO which was tarts and pies. Although the tart they made in the show was sweet, I wanted to try a savoury one. I have been wanting to make a tart for a while now as my Mum bought be lots of baking bits for my birthday; including a tart tin and ceramic baking beans. I’ve only ever used shop bought pastry before because it is so convenient. I was slightly nervous about making it myself but it was very simple to make and turned out well. Goat’s cheese, peppers and thyme are a few of my favourite flavours so I knew I wanted to use them in my tart. I adapted a recipe from delicious magazine (http://www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/roasted-tomato-and-creamy-goats-cheese-tart) and used a BBC Food recipe for the shortcrust pastry.

For the shortcrust pastry
250g plain flour
pinch of salt
110g butter, cubed
5-6 tbsp cold water

  1. Put the flour and salt in a bowl and add the cubes of butter
  2. Rub the butter into the flour using your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Try to work quickly so it doesn’t become greasy
  3. Using a knife, stir in just enough water to bind the dough together
  4. Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for 10-15 minutes before you roll out

For the tart
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 peppers

2 tbsp fresh thyme
pinch of salt 

150g creamy goat’s cheese
200g low-fat crème fraîche

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Cut 2 peppers into strips and put them on a baking tray. Drizzle with the oil and vinegar and scatter with thyme leaves and salt. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes

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  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a circle about 4cm wider than the tin. Carefully lift the pastry into the tin (23cm tart tin) and gently press into the base and sides, taking care not to stretch the pastry. Trim any excess pastry and prick the base with a fork. Chill for 20 minutes

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  1. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Scrunch up a sheet of baking paper then smooth out to fill the pastry case and then fill with baking beans. Make sure they completely cover the base in a single layer. Bake for 15 mins

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  1. Remove the baking beans and paper and bake for a further 15 minutes, until golden and crisp. Leave to cool slightly
  2. Beat the goat’s cheese and crème fraîche together in a bowl until creamy. Season to taste. Spoon evenly into the tart case and arrange the peppers over the top. Spoon over any cooking juices

2014-09-06 15.34.43   2014-09-06 15.41.00 For my first attempt at a tart I was very happy – I was just happy I didn’t have a soggy bottom! The flavours were delicious and went really well with onion chutney. Please visit http://www.mummymishaps.co.uk/ to see other people that are joining in with The Great Bloggers Bake Off. GBBO

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