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Smoked Mackerel Tart

Smoked Mackerel Tart

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Serves 6 - 8 generously

This tart makes great picnic food or served warm for a light lunch or supper. To save time I sometimes buy a ready made pastry case.

Ingredients

    for the pastry

  • 200g plain flour sifted
  • 125g unsalted butter, diced
  • seasoning
  • For the filling

  • 300ml crème fraîche
  • 2 large eggs
  • Bunch of Spring Onions
  • 180g Smoked Mackerel

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C / 350°F / Gas Mark 5
  2. Place the flour and butter in a food processor with a pinch of salt and lightly process till the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs
  3. Put mixture into bowl and sprinkle 3 - 4 tablespoons cold water and lightly mix till the mixture sticks together
  4. Knead lightly on a lightly floured surface for a few seconds to form a smooth, firm dough - do not overwork
  5. Wrap in cliing film and chill for an hour or so then roll out to fit a deep 23cm (9inch) tart tin
  6. Prick base and chill again. Line the chilled pastry with foil and fill with baking beans
  7. Bake blind for 15 minutes, remove foil and beans and continue to bake for a further 5 minutes
  8. Beat the crème fraîche and eggs together and season
  9. Slice each spring onion in half length wise, and then slice into 3 - 4 cm pieces
  10. Flake the smoked mackerel making sure you take out all the bones.
  11. Then pour 23 of the egg mix into pastry case and arrange the onions and mackered onto the egg mix
  12. If there is still room add any remaining egg mix
  13. Season and bake in oven for 20 - 30 minutes until just firm

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