Courgette and cheddar tart
A homemade quiche is always a treat and this mixed cheese and vegetable version can't fail to impress.
For the parmesan pastry
For the filling
To make the parmesan pastry, in a food processor blend the flour, salt, butter and parmesan together and then add the yolks and two teaspoons of water. Pulse until it comes together in a dough.
Wrap the dough in cling film and rest in the fridge for an hour.
To make the filling, place the courgette into a sieve set over a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and leave for 30 minutes to remove some of the moisture.
Heat the butter in a frying pan. When foaming, add the onions and cook until soft.
Wash the courgette thoroughly in running water and squeeze out any excess water. Add the courgette and chilli to the onions and cook for a further 3-4 minutes.
For the parmesan pastry, roll out the chilled pastry on a floured work surface to the thickness of a pound coin.
Line a 20cm/8in tart ring with the pastry, taking care to push the pastry into the corners and leaving any excess hanging over the edge. Place in the fridge for an hour to rest.
Preheat the oven to 170C/340F/Gas 3½.
When rested, line the pastry case with baking parchment and baking beans (alternatively use uncooked rice or lentils). Bake the pastry blind until fully cooked and a light golden-brown colour, approximately 15-20 minutes. If the rim of the pastry cooks too quickly, remove the tart from oven and set aside with the baking beans left in place (the residual heat in the beans will allow the pastry to finish cooking without colouring further). Remove the baking beans from the base.
Once the pastry is cooked, use a sharp serrated knife to trim off any excess pastry from the side of the tart. Remove any crumbs from the base and brush with egg wash.
For the filling, reduce the oven temperature to 160C/320F/Gas 3.
In a mixing bowl, mix the cheddar and onion mixture together. Add to the pastry case.
Put the cream in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Whisk in the egg yolks and cook until they reach 82C/180F on a cook’s thermometer, then whisk in the whole egg and the nutmeg.
Pour the cream and egg mixture into the tart base to fill. Scatter over the Parmesan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is just set and the top is golden-brown. Serve warm