Crab and Asparagus Tart
Great as a starter or a light main meal, this Crab and Asparagus Tart recipe from Delicious Magazine is made with shortcrust pastry and a sumptuous filling.
Ingredients – Serves 4 as a starter/2 as a main
For the crab filling
350g crab, a mixture of brown and white is best
250g asparagus trimmed and cut into bite-sized pieces
1 whole egg and one egg yolk, beaten
For the pastry
142ml carton double cream
For the pastry
200g plain flour
100g slightly salted butter, cold
3 tbsp cold milk
First make the pastry. Rub the flour with the butter until you have a rough, crumbly mix. If you do this in a food processor make sure you use the pulse function to avoid overworking. Add the milk and work into a stiff pastry. Chill for half an hour, then roll out and line the tart tin. Chill again for another half-hour before cooking.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6, preferably with a flat tray big enough for the tart case on the top shelf. Prick the pastry in about 4 places with a fork and bake for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine the asparagus, crab, eggs, cream and seasoning in a large bowl. Add them to the pre-cooked tart shell and bake for 15-20 minutes. The filling should still be slightly wobbly in the middle – it will set as it cools. Eat warm or cold.
If you are short of time you could buy ready-made short crust pastry. You’ll need enough to line a 24cm fluted tart tin.
Source: Delicious Magazine