Challenging Arts & Crafts

Spinach Tomato Tart

So glad that I found the tartlette forms 2 years ago in a shop that actually sells coffee. They are very practical forms as their bottoms/base are removable.  I used them for this recipe so I could freeze each portion  and will be ready to eat anytime for grabbing, that way, I don´t need to slice the tart.
 So friends, here´s how I made the Tarts:
1 roll ready made puff pastry
500 grams of fresh or frozen spinach ( if frozen, thaw the pack the night before)
3 medium tomatoes
1 onion cut into strips
2 cloves crushed garlic
1 egg
2 tbsps olive oil
 1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp creme fráiche (or double cream)
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp pine nuts ( or coarsely cut almonds)
salt & peper
optional : finely grated grana padano (italian cheese)
How to :
Roll out the pastry onto a board, remove its parchment/sheet and divide it into 4. Place each in the tartlette form tucking the excess  edges towards the inside of the form. Put a sheet of  wax paper to cover the pastry and add the dried beans on top of it to bake blind the pastry for 10 minutes with 180°C.
Remove the sheet and the dried beans and bake for more 10 minutes so the base gets golden brown in color, set the pastry aside for later use.
In a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil,  fry the crushed garlic followed by Spinach leaves until spinach get softer & limpy and looses water,  slightly season with salt & pepper, remove excess liquid and put the spinach on a plate, set aside.
 In the same pan add 1 tbsp olive oil,  fry the onions, add the cut tomatoes,  sprinkle it with the soya sauce and  fry til they get soft, set aside.
 Mix the egg, the sour cream , creme fráiche, season with salt & pepper and add 2 tbsp of this mixture to the onion and tomato and 2 tbsp to the spinach. Mix carefully so the liquid blends in with the vegetables.

Using a spoon, fill each crust with the spinach and the onion mixture arranging the filling loosely  into the crust... add a tbsp of the egg mixture randomly and add the raisins, pine  nuts and  the grated grana padano cheese on top , place in the middle rack of your oven and bake at 180°C for about 20-30 minutes. When baking is done, carefully remove  the form´s bottom and arrange on a platter.  Serve warm or cold.


Enjoy Baking and have a nice Weekend!


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