Once again, Bake Off have shown us their fondness for shaking things up, by planning another unusual set of tasks for this week's episode. After checking out the preview for Tudor Week, apart from plaits and pies, we were rather confused about what the contestants would be making, which is why we turned to the experts at Hampton Court Palace for guidance.
To bring you a recipe which ties in nicely with the Tudor theme of this week's episode, we checked out Hampton Court's website, for some recipes that even King Henry himself would have been happy to eat. Amongst their foodie resources, was a video tutorial for Tarte owte of Lent, which is essentially a baked cheese tart.
It's likely that the name for this tart, derived from the fact that it contains cheese, cream and all that other good stuff, which you wouldn't have been able to eat during lent. This makes it a real treat for any time of year, and in addition to this, it's also incredibly easy to make!
For the Filling
- 100g of Cheshire cheese
- 150ml of cream
- 1 medium egg
- 30g of butter
- Salt and pepper
For the Pastry Case
- High butter pastry, such as shortcrust
- Egg yolks for glazing
Step 1 - Preheat your oven to 220°C/200 Fan/Gas Mark 6.
Step 2 - Chop up the cheese and pound in a mortar (use an alternative mashing method if you don't have one).
Step 3 - Add cream egg and butter to the cheese, and mix it together. This should make a thick cream-like texture, like Cottage cheese.
Step 4 - If the mixture is too dry, add in more cream, if it is too wet, do the same with more cheese.
Step 5 - Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
Step 6 - Either make a freestanding pastry tart case (about 25cm/10inches), or use a tart tin. Also, make a thin pastry lid.
Step 7 - Fill the casing with the cheese mixture, before placing on the pastry lid.
Step 8 - Seal the lid, and glaze with egg yolks.
Step 9 - Place in the oven, and bake for around 40mins, or until the pastry is golden.
Step 10 - Allow some time to cool before serving.
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