Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Short Crust Tart
This Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Short Crust Tart is a great sweet & savory tart that is perfect for warmer evenings when lighter meals are on the cards!
Tonight I was going to make fish pie. I love fish pie. It is my all time favourite. I use my mums recipe which is just gorgeous, light cod chunks drowning in a cheese sauce with sliced hard boiled eggs and topped with cheesy mash. Amazing! However it got to about 3pm this afternoon and I couldn’t stop thinking about bacon, brie and cranberry sour dough paninis from Reeves in Salisbury (If you’re in town, have one as they’re to die for).
So I thought to myself, I can’t have a panini for dinner, its just not right. Having seen a recipe some weeks ago for a caramelised red onion and goats cheese tart I thought I’d have a go at a Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Short Crust Tart. As you can see from my photo it was very very successful.
It is the first time I’ve made a tart as I don’t work with pastry too often and I’m so pleased with the results. Once I got my head around the basics of savoury tarts I worked without a recipe. I wanted to have a crack at creating a tart that would speak to me and boy did it. Crisp golden shortcrust pastry, a layer of beautifully sweet whole cranberry jelly, crunchy bacon and red onions under a layer of cheesy Cornish brie.
Those classic flavours worked so well in a tart. They had lots of different textures and were a real delight to cut into and let the molten brie just ooze out. The sweetness of the cranberry was enough to cut through the cheese and add that extra element.
Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Short Crust Tart Recipe
Bacon, Brie & Cranberry Short Crust Tart
- 200 g short crust pastry dough
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 275 g Brie standard shop wedge should be enough! cut into even strips about 5mm thick
- 5 rashers of bacon cut into strips. I used un smoked but obviously it comes down to preference
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 100 ml double cream
- 1 egg
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- 1 pinch of salt
- fresh ground black pepper to taste
- 40 g cranberry Jelly
- handful of chives chopped
Preheat your oven to gas mark 6 or 200C˚
Roll out the pastry dough to about 4mm thick and enough to cover 4 5" flan cases
place the pastry inside the cases and gently press against the edges. Trim any excess from the cases. With a fork, prick the base of the pastry. Cover with baking/grease proof paper and weigh down with baking beads or, if you don't have baking beans, white rice that you don't intend to use. Stick the cases into the oven for 18 - 20 minutes until golden on the edges. Take them out and remove the paper and baking beans. Return to the oven for 3 minutes to crisp up.
Remove and set aside. Turn your oven down to gas mark 4 or 180C˚
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat and add the finely chopped onion. When this has cooked through and begun to turn translucent, add the bacon and cook until the bacon has begun to turn golden and crispy. This should take about 5-8 minutes. Remove from the heat.
Evenly distribute the cranberry jelly among the 4 pastry cases and spread with the underside of a teaspoon. Try and cover as much of the bottom as possible. Spoon the onion and bacon mix onto the cranberry jelly. Top evenly with the strips of brie and sprinkle chopped chives over the top.
In a measuring jug, mix the cream, egg, garlic, salt and pepper and mix well. Carefully pour the mixture evenly between the 4 cases. Whack it in the oven and cook for about 30 minutes or until set and the top has turned a lovely light, golden colour.
I learnt a long time ago that when you're blind baking your tart cases, if you crumple the baking/grease proof paper into a tight ball in your hands and then unwrap it, it is easier to get into all the different corners of your tart case!
So now, feeling thoroughly chuffed with myself I leave you to have a go. I served this with boiled new potatoes, a crisp baby leaf salad, home made garlic croutons and a balsamic and olive oil dressing. I will be making this one again, VERY SOON.