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Spring asparagus and fresh garlic tart

Ingredients

For the dough

  • 250 gr all purpose flour
  • 150 cold butter in cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 salt
  • 3 tbsp cold water

For the filling

  • 20 asparagus
  • 1 stalk young, green garlic
  • 200 gr greek style yogurt
  • 200 gr mascarpone
  • 3 eggs
  • 150 gr goat cheese
  • lemon zest from 1/2 lemon
  • salt
  • freshly grounded pepper
  • olive oil
  • fleur de sel

Instructions

For making the tart

  1. In a stand mixer (the brave ones can do it by hand) add the flour, salt and then the frozen butter into cubes. Beat until the flour looks like wet sand.

  2. Add the egg and the cold water and continue beating for one minute. Then continue by hand (it is good to wear a glove so that no heat passes into the dough) until the dough is formed.

  3. Cover with a bee's wrap (not transparent plastic film, bee's warp, enough with the pastic) and let the dough rest in the refrigerator for at least one hour.

  4. Dust a clean surface with some flour and by using a rolling pin roll out the dough (if you find it difficult leave the dough for 10 minutes to room temperature). After rolling out the dough and by using the rolling pin transfer the dough to a floured and buttered form.

  5. Prick it with a fork, cover with baking paper and baking beans. Bake for 20 minutes on 190* C (preheated).

  6. Remove the tart from the oven, remove the beans and paper, put back in the oven for extra 10-15 minutes until the pastry turns golden. Remove from the oven.

For the filling

  1. In a large bowl, mix chopped garlic, yoghurt, mascarpone, eggs, 100g. from goat cheese and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. Use a peeler to peel the asparagus at their base, just below where the flowers begin. Then wash them and cut away their tough base. 

  3. Bring some salted water to a boil in a deep pot. Prepare a bowl with water and ice cubes. Boil asparagus for 2 minutes. 

  4. Remove from water and immediately submerge in the bowl full of cold water in order to stop the boiling process. Drain and set aside.

For making the tart

  1. Pour the filling over the tart, arrange the asparagus and sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese on the top. Season with some more salt and pepper.

  2. Place back in the oven and bake for around 45 minutes.

  3. Server with some olive oil on top, fleur de sel and some freshly grounded pepper.