17 July 2011

Spinach & Onion Puff Tart


This is another recipe from The River Cottage Baby and Toddler Cookbook by Nikki Duffy. I was really pleased to receive a promotional copy of this book and I am just loving it.

Nikki, a mother of three herself, works at River Cottage and was able to take their ethos and combine it with her own common sense methods to come up with some great recipes and some very sound advice. She did also work with a paediatric dietitian when researching for this book, to make sure she got it right.

It is so easy to open this open and be inspired. I wanted to make a new dish for Cooper and was swithering between this and the Veggie Bean Curry, so I let Graham have his say and he plumped for this one. I think he was hoping he would get a slice too.



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Spinach & Onion Puff Tart
An easy and tasty seasonal tart that will delight both children and adults.
Ingredients
  • 350g-400g spinach
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
  • 1 onion, quartered and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, cut into slivers
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme leaves
  • 375g good-quality ready-made all-butter puff pastry
  • 50g Cheddar or other hard cheese, grated
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • sea salt
Instructions
Preheat the oven to 190c / gas 5. Grease a baking tray or line with a non-stick liner.

If the spinach is mature, tear out any tough stalks. Wash the spinach thoroughly, then pack it, with just the water that clings to it, into a saucepan. Cover, put over a medium heat and wilt the spinach in it's own liquid - this takes only a few minutes. Drain and leave in a colander to cool. When cool enough to handle, squeeze out as much liquid as you can with your hands, then chop the spinach roughly.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook gently, stirring often, for 10-15 minutes, until really soft and golden. Add the garlic for the last few minutes. Add the thyme leaves, then the chopped spinach, season if you like.

Roll out the puff pastry on a lightly floured surface to a square about 5mm thick, and lift onto the baking tray. Spread the spinach mix over the pastry, leaving a margin along the edges. Scatter over the grated cheese and bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry has puffed and golden, and the cheese is turning golden too. Serve warm or cold.

Notes:

I wash my spinach in a colander and then pour a kettle worth of boiling water over the spinach to wilt it. I feel there is no need for a pot. I also used dried thyme as I didn't have any fresh thyme.
Details
Total time: Yield: 1 tart







As you can see Cooper enjoyed his slice of tart and he very kindly shared it with us. It was extremely yummy and gorgeous cold the next day too. Cooper enjoyed it another night with vegetables and beans. We will be making it again soon.

30 comments:

  1. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
    Tell Cooper to save some for me.

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  2. To late Tanita, way too late, although I am sure he would have shared with you, he does like to share :)

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  3. What a great summer dish. This looks absolutely delicious!

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  4. glad cooper enjoyed this - sounds like a great dish and I love your tip about pouring hot water over the spinach

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  5. I like tarts like this where there are very few ingredients but whats in their does shine through. Great job and I quite fancy making this...

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  6. I think you can always rely on the River Cottage Books! We use them a lot.

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  7. oooo looks delish Jac. I love River Cottage

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  8. Looks lovely - my first thought was how nice it would be cold for a picnic...if it ever stops raining!

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  9. Thanks Mary :)

    Hey Johanna, It saves the bother of using a pot and wilts the spinach really quickly, I did forget to say, to give it a squoosh of cold water, before squeezing it out.

    Hi Jerry, it is lovely and so simple. I liked it even better the next day cold.

    This is my first of their books Adam and Theresa, but i think I will be purchasing more.

    Thanks Beth :)

    I know, the rain is dreadful CC. I has rained here solidly for longer than I care to remember. It would be great for a picnic. Hope the sun comes out soon.

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  10. Puff pastry tarts are the business!

    but forget the tart, I love Cooper's Moomin plate!

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  11. Cooper is a very lucky baby being fed such delightful food! The tart looks delicious, not surprised your Graham was hoping to eat some as well!

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  12. Looks quite yummy! Hello to Cooper!

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  13. It's cool isn't it Helen, he has a whole Moomin st. They are the cutest :)

    And he did, eat some, that is Anne :)

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  14. You must have been typing at the same time as me David. He is sleeping but I will tell him you said hello when he wakes up. We were at the ice rink for a spot of skating this morning, so he is shattered :)

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  15. Yum! That is my idea of dinner ;0)

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  16. We nearly had it tonight again Chele, but had a stirfry instead. Will keep it for another night.

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  17. Oh! That looks just delicious! I love spinach and cheese together; and puff pastry always is a great base for yummy ingredients.

    Ps. Great idea about wilting corriander without a pot. Will use that next time!

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  18. The tart looks absolutely stunning, so yummy with the onions, spinach, cheese and the perfectly puffed pastry! And Cooper looks so cute munching on it.

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  19. tart looks wonderful healthy with spinach

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  20. Hi Brittany, Saves on extra washing up :)

    He always holds things at funny angles when he is eating with his hands though, Tadka Pasta, so funny :)

    Thanks Akheela :)

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  21. I'm jolly glad poor Graham got a look in after all - the tart sounds delicious and this looks like another good book to have around.

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  22. It's a great book Choclette, lovely simple and delicious recipes :)

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  23. Great combo! Putting it on top of puff pastry tops it off.

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  24. This looks delicious. I've been on a big spinach kick lately. Your son is adorable eating his dinner! I like your blog. I'm happily following you now. :)

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  25. We had some last night again TB, but I added some pesto to the base.

    Hi Mary, thanks for stopping by and following :)

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  26. Oh, I love River Cottage anything! This tart looks so mouthwatering...and I don't even have any toddlers left in the house ;)

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  27. I'm loving this book, my little boy has enjoyed everything I've made so far (unfortunately can't say the same for his 3yr old sister)

    I haven't tried this one yet but will have to next time I get spinach in my veg box.

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  28. That looks like a really delicious tart, a perfect dinner! Glad Cooper enjoyed it and that you and Graham got a look in too.

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  30. Flaky layers, spinach and cheese,,I'm in.

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I love reading comments, so thank you for taking the time to leave one. Unfortunately, I'm bombarded with spam, so I've turned on comment moderation. I'll publish your comments as soon as I can and respond to them. Don't panic, they will disappear when you hit publish. Jac x