SENSATIONAL SPINACH TART
Ready in 1 hour Makes 1 large or 2 medium tarts
4 sheets shortcrust pastry or about 600g homemade shortcrust
1 cup cream cheese
1 cup cream or milk
12 handfuls spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
2 spring onions, chopped
1 cup grated cheese
2 Tbsp pesto
2 tsp grated horseradish
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 180C fanbake and grease one 30cm diameter deep-sided flan tin or two 25cm diameter shallow flan tins. Roll out pastry thinly until it is large enough to press into the base and sides of the dish(es). Cover with baking paper, weight with baking beans or rice and bake until lightly golden (about 12-15 minutes). While the pastry cooks, prepare the filling by whizzing eggs, cream cheese and cream or milk in a food processor until blended. Add all remaining ingredients and whizz until the mixture forms a smooth, green puree. Remove pastry shell(s) from oven and lift off baking paper and baking beans, cooling and reserving for later reuse. Pour filling mixture into pastry shell(s) and bake for about 30 minutes until filling is almost set and lightly golden. Serve warm or hot.
Annabel says: My mother made this savoury tart often, and it’s still the best I’ve tasted. This recipe makes one large tart that feeds 10-12 or two medium tarts so you can freeze one for later.