Nadiya’s cheese and pickle tart

prep: 25 min­utes, plus chill­ing. Cook: 1 hour 10 min­utes (serves eight)

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350g short­crust pas­try

1 tea­spoon pa­prika plain flour, for dust­ing

4 medium eggs

150ml whole milk

200g Branston pickle (small chunks) 250g ma­ture Ched­dar cheese, grated


Take the block of short­crust pas­try, flat­ten it out and sprin­kle all over with the pa­prika. Fold the edges in over the top, then knead the pas­try un­til all the pa­prika is in­cor­po­rated. If the pas­try starts to stick to the work­top, dust with flour.


Wrap the pas­try in cling film and place in the fridge for 15 min­utes. Mean­while, pre­heat the oven to 180°c/160°c fan/gas 4 and put a bak­ing tray in to warm.


Dust the work sur­face with flour and roll out the pas­try to the thick­ness of a pound coin and large enough to cover the base and sides of a 23cm di­am­e­ter, 3–4cm deep, loose-bot­tomed flan tin.


Line the in­side of the tin with the rolled-out pas­try. Press it into the edges, right into the grooves, leav­ing some over­hang. Pierce the base all over with a fork. This stops it puff­ing up while bak­ing.


cover the base and sides with a large piece of bak­ing pa­per and fill with bak­ing beans to weigh the pas­try down. Take the hot bak­ing tray out of the oven and place the pre­pared tart tin on it.


Bake for 25 min­utes, then, once the time is up, take the pas­try out of the oven, re­move the pa­per and bak­ing beans, and then bake for an­other 15 min­utes.


Mean­while, put your eggs into a jug and lightly whisk. Add the milk and stir.


once the tart shell is out of the oven, spread the pickle all over the base and cover evenly with the grated cheese.


Add the milky egg mix­ture and place the whole tray back in the oven, on the mid­dle shelf, for 25–30 min­utes, un­til the fill­ing is set and golden with just a slight wob­ble in the mid­dle.


once the tart is cool enough to han­dle, slice off the pas­try over­hang us­ing a sharp ser­rated knife. Leave to cool in the tin for 30 min­utes, then trans­fer to a wire rack to cool com­pletely.

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