Thursday, January 4, 2007

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart


For Anne.

Pastry Dough
3 leeks, white part only, sliced thin
3 tablespoons butter
8 oz. goat cheese
2 eggs plus 1 egg yolk
3/4 cup half-and-half
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
Pinch of grated nutmeg

Special equipment: 10" round tart pan with removable bottom or quiche pan; rolling pin; pie weights or dry beans
  1. Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Roll out pastry dough into an approx. 11" circle. Fold dough in quarters and place the point of the triangle in the center of the tart pan. Unfold the dough and fit into and around the edges of the pan, without stretching the dough. Place tart pan in the freezer and chill for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375ºF. Line the chilled tart shell with aluminum foil. Weight down the foil with pie weights or dry beans. Bake the shell for 10 minutes and let cool before filling it.
  3. Cook the leeks in the butter in a wide saucepan or skillet over low to moderate heat until they are soft but not brown.
  4. Transfer the leeks to the tart shell and distribute them around evenly.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour this custard mixture over the leeks.
  6. Return the tart to the oven to finish baking, approximately 30 minutes or until the top surface is lightly browned and springs back when gently pressed. Let the tart cool at least 20 minutes before serving.
Serves 8.

: Note: I have made this tart ahead of time and reheated it in a 300º oven. If you do make it ahead of time and reheat, run it under a low broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp the crust and lightly brown the top.

1 comment:

Mom of 4K said...

My dear friend,
When you made this, didn't you top this with beautiful sliced plum tomatoes and cilantro?
That night still remains one of the best nights I have had; so relaxing, great food, and friends. Ahh, that's what brought me down here :)
Thank you for the recipe!!!