Wedding bookings have been coming in fairly quickly for next year (I'm delighted. Thankyou, trusty brides!!) So I've been experimenting with some new recipes in advance of September next year. Beetroot is one of my favourite roots - I make icecream and crumbles and all sorts with it. But I decided on beetroot and feta tarts with coriander - and the salty feta worked really well with the earthy beetroot. It's important to have a really thin, crispy pastry - these are filling wee tarts and as a starter at a wedding meal you don't want to go too heavy, or too rich.
To test these delights, I sent a dozen tartlets off in a box with my husband - I reckoned that half way through a yacht race on the Firth of Forth on a truly windy day would be a good way to gauge response. The team ate them, and loved them. So guess what - they'll be featuring at weddings next year at a venue near you!!
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Recipe (Serves 8)
I use a food processor to make shortcrust pastry. It keeps the mixture cold. Also, keep the butter cold. It makes better pastry
- 250/8oz plain flourpinch of salt110g/4oz butter, cubed60-90ml/4-6 tbsp cold water2 beetroots - skinned and roasted, cubed and cooled.250g feta cheese, cubed.fresh coriander - chopped4 eggs6 tbsp double creamseasoning - go easy on the salt, the feta is salty already!Pulse the flour, butter and seasoning in the food processor until like breadcrumbs. Add the water slowly with the processor set to slow. Stop when the mixture forms one big ball.Roll out the pastry and line 8 individual loose - based tartlet tins. Don't grease the tins - the flour from rolling the pastry will be enough. Put a circle of greaseproof paper on top of each of the tarts and flatten with pasta or baking beans. Put in the fridge and chill for 30 mins. This stops the pastry shrinking when you bake it. Bake the tarts blind for 20 mins at 180 degrees. Remove from the oven and gently remove the beans and the greaseproof paper. Add the cubed beetroot, feta, coriander. Whisk the eggs and the cream together. Pour over the beetroot filling and bake for another 20 mins or until the custard filling has set.Serve with salad and balsamic dressing. (Equally delicious hot or cold.)