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Caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tarts

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This is a stylish and simple starter for a romantic dinner, or even a light lunch with a little salad. Buy ready made onion marmalade if you want to cheat!

Key Information

  • Prep:
  • Bake:
  • Serves:4
  • Skill level:easy

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Ingredients

For the pastry

  • 100g 3½ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
  • Salt
  • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter (unsalted) cold
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Water cold

For the filling

  • 3 3 Onion(s) large, finely sliced
  • 15g ½ oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Olive oil
  • 2tbsp 2tbsp Unrefined light muscovado sugar (we use Billington's) Unrefined light muscovado sugar
  • 1tbsp 1tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 200g 7⅛ oz Goats' cheese
  • Thyme leaves
  • Olive oil to drizzle

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The Method Enter Bake mode

  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Place the flour, salt and butter in a mixing bowl and rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add about 1 tbsp cold water to make a firm dough. Wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 100g 3½ oz Plain white flour (we use Allinson) Plain white flour
    • Salt
    • 50g 1⅞ oz Butter (unsalted)
    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Water cold
  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Meanwhile, very gently fry the onions in butter and olive oil until transparent and tender.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 15g ½ oz Butter (unsalted)
    • 3 3 Onion(s) large, finely sliced
    • 1tbsp 1tbsp Olive oil to drizzle
  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar and cook until brown and sticky. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.

    Ingredients for this step

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Pre heat the oven to 220°C (200°C fan, gas mark 7). Cut the pastry into four, shape each into a ball, then roll out to line four individual fluted flan cases (about 10-12cm across). Trim the edge .

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Line each with a circle of baking paper and fill with baking beans . Bake for 10 minutes, then remove the paper and beans and return to the oven for a further 5 minutes until crisp. Reduce the oven to 180c (160c fan, gas mark 4).

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Divide the onion marmalade between the pastry cases. Cut the goats cheese in half to make four slices and place one on each tart. Sprinkle with fresh thyme leaves and drizzle with olive oil.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 200g 7⅛ oz Goats' cheese
    • Thyme leaves
    • Olive oil to drizzle
  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Bake for 8-10 mins until the cheese is just golden. Serve hot or cold.