This tart is easy to put together but looks really impressive, and is great as part of a buffet. The recipe can also be used to make mini tartlets that make ideal canapés – simply cut the pastry into bite-sized squares and reduce final the baking time to 10 minutes.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
700g pumpkin (or butternut squash), peeled, deseeded & cut into 1cm thick slices
1 red onion, sliced
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
2tbsp olive oil
200g Tenderstem®, cut into 4cm lengths
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 x 375g pack puff pastry
2 tbsp pine nuts
4 tbsp creme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper & sea salt
What to do:
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.
2. Put the pumpkin, red onion and thyme in a roasting tin and pour over the olive oil. Toss to mix well and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Then add the Tenderstem® and garlic to the roasting tin, mix through and roast for a further 5 minutes.
3. Take a heavy bottomed baking sheet and line it with baking parchment. Roll out the pastry to whatever shape best fits your baking sheet. When the filling is cooked spread it over the pastry, leaving generous 1cm border all around the outside.
4. Sprinkle over the pine nuts, dot little blobs of creme fraiche over the surface and season with freshly ground black pepper and a little sea salt. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve with a simple green salad.