a spinach tart

by Sharon Santoni
[blank]Quiches and tarts have always been my quick turn-to recipes, when there is an unexpected lunch or snack to prepare.
This tart is a winner in my house.  Delicious slightly warm and served with a mixed green salad.  Plus the advantage of only requiring ingredients that I generally have to hand.

To make this spinach and goats chesese tart for 4 – 6 people , I use[blank]

a roll of good ready made puff pastry,
1 kg or 2 lbs of fresh spinach leaves (otherwise you can use 1 lb frozen)
120g or 4 oz of diced bacon
80 g or 3 oz of pine nuts
200g or 6 oz of goats cheese
1 egg
50cl of fresh cream
salt and pepper
Pre heat the oven to 210°C, gas 7[blank]
Line the baking mould with the flaky pastry and bake blind for 10 minutes.  I do this by covering the pastry with some baking paper and weighing it down with dried beans.  This takes about 10 minutes plus an extra three minutes with the paper and beans lifted off the pastry to let it turn a pale golden colour.
While that is happening, I pop the young spinach leaves into a large saucepan with a small cube of butter, as the leaves heat they will start to melt.  Once they are well cooked through, turn the heat up a little to evaporate any water remaining.    Lightly cook the diced bacon in a pan.
To assemble, mix the bacon, fresh cream,  the pine nuts, the egg and salt and pepper into the spinach.  Pour into the pastry base and cover the top with slices of goats cheese.  Pop back into the oven for about 15 minutes, serve warm.[blank]
picture thanks to marmiton.org[blank]


Vintage Finds April 24, 2013 - 9:02 am

Hi Sharon,

I always love your recipe ideas. Easy to make and yummy to eat; and your timing is usually inspiration when I need it! My kind of cooking too – lots of fresh ingredients. I make something similar, but I always like to try a different version of a favourite just to 'mix things up'. Will be trying this one over the weekend when we have people here for lunch!

Jen x

Marina Pérez April 24, 2013 - 9:24 am

What a wonderful blog you have! And what a wonderful tart! A new follower from Spain


Ms Lemon of Make Mine Lemon April 24, 2013 - 10:02 am

This sounds so delicious. I love your food. Puff Pastry is on my bucket list to learn to make. Here in the States they use some type of fat that contains lecithin, my nemesis, apparently because real butter is expensive. I think there is one brand that you can get, but it is hard to find.

Nantucket Daffodil April 24, 2013 - 12:09 pm

This looks like pure Heaven!

The enchanted home April 24, 2013 - 1:32 pm

That is such a beautiful tart and it sounds heavenly. Yum, this is a recipe I will be keeping handy, love spinach and goodness knows I love tarts:)

Jenny April 24, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Looks delish! I will be making this spinach tart soon, as my goat just freshened!

Minha vida de campo April 24, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Que linda sua torta. Adorei e já anotei a receita para fazer.
Fiz uma plantação de espinafre, em breve terei para fazer essa deliciosa torta.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

Stacey Snacks April 24, 2013 - 2:55 pm

We must be in quiche mode. I made a bacon onion tart yesterday.
I always love your food posts.
Beautiful spinach tart w/ the chevre clumps on top! I love it!

Julie April 24, 2013 - 3:20 pm

Yum! I am trying this tonight. We were planning to go to my mom's house for dinner and she and I usually prepare the dinner together. I already have all these ingredients on hand so this will be an easy fix.

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Rue du chat qui pêche April 24, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Love goat cheese! Thanks for the recipe!
Beautiful as always.

Karen Albert April 24, 2013 - 5:22 pm

Oh how delicious Sharon!! This will be a winner in my house!
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Lynn April 24, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Sounds delicious and I will definitely try this.

sharon santoni at my french country home April 24, 2013 - 6:51 pm

thank you Jen, always lovely to see you here 🙂


sharon santoni at my french country home April 24, 2013 - 6:51 pm

thank you Marina

sharon santoni at my french country home April 24, 2013 - 6:52 pm

I cannot make puff pastry to save my life ! I have tried though


sharon santoni at my french country home April 24, 2013 - 6:53 pm

one of our favourites certainly 🙂

The Cloth Shed April 24, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Read your post this morning, stopped off for ingredients after work and have now finished your spinach tart minus the pine nuts as I forgot them…. Delicious!
Julie x

Lorrie April 24, 2013 - 10:33 pm

Mmmm. Delicious. I love a good quiche or tart. What's the difference anyway? More eggs and cream in a quiche?

Joanna April 25, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Made it. Loved it.

hopflower April 25, 2013 - 4:50 pm

I love quiches and tarts, but I cannot get past goat's cheese or goat's anything. The smell is enough to get me away. But perhaps a creamy cow's milk cheese can be put in. It sounds delicious!

Karen (Back Road Journal) April 25, 2013 - 4:56 pm

I think I have everything to make this delicious tart…perfect for lunch tomorrow.

French Heart April 25, 2013 - 9:01 pm

I love quiches and tarts too, though don't eat meat. If brown pine nuts and use more that'll be a great dish for me. Thank you!

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