6 ISSUES FOR JUST £6 Subscribe to Cotswold Life today CLICK HERE

Recipe: Organic Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart

16:41 24 June 2015

Organic Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart by Emily Watkins

Organic Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart by Emily Watkins

Archant

With the British asparagus season drawing to a close, this delicious recipe from chef Emily Watkins is a perfect way to celebrate the ingredient.

Emily Watkins, TV chef and proprietor of the Kingham Plough in Chipping NortonEmily Watkins, TV chef and proprietor of the Kingham Plough in Chipping Norton

Organic Asparagus and Hollandaise Tart

Cooking Time: 1 hour and 30 minutes, plus resting time for the pastry

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

• For the vinegar reduction:

300ml organic white wine vinegar

1 organic shallot, thinly sliced

10 organic peppercorns

1 organic bay leaf, ripped

• For the hollandaise:

4 organic egg yolks

2 organic whole eggs

500ml organic double cream

Salt

Organic Pepper

• For the short crust pastry:

250g organic plain flour

160g organic butter, cold and diced

1 organic egg

1 tbsp organic milk

1 tsp salt

1 organic egg, beaten

• For the tart:

18-20 organic asparagus spears

2 tbsp organic chives, finely chopped

Edible flowers (optional)

Method

• Before making the hollandaise, make the vinegar reduction by putting all the ingredients in a pan over a medium heat. Reduce until 50ml of liquid remains, strain and set aside

• Add the yolks, whole eggs and vinegar reduction to a double boiler (or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water) to make the hollandaise. Whisk until the mixture has doubled in volume then take off the heat

• Gradually add the cream to the egg mixture until it is thoroughly combined

• For the pastry, rub together the flour and butter (or mix in a food processor) until you have a sandy consistency

• Combine the egg, milk and salt in a jug, then add to the flour and butter. Mix to form a dough, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, or until ready to use

• Set the oven to 185C/165C fan/gas mark 4

• Roll out the pastry to a 3-5mm thickness on a lightly floured surface so that it will fit a 12 inch round fluted tin with a removable base. Make sure the pastry overhangs the edges of the tin slightly, as it will shrink in the oven

• Use a fork to prick the base of the tart. Line with parchment paper (or cling film) and baking beans before placing in the oven for 20 minutes to bake blind

• Carefully lift off the lining paper and beans before returning to the oven for a further 10 minutes. The pastry should be cooked to a light golden brown

• Use the beaten egg to brush over the pastry case, and use a sharp knife to carefully trim and neaten up the edges

• Reduce the oven temperature to 170C/150C fan/gas mark 3

• Peel and blanch the asparagus spears in salted boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and place in a bowl of iced water to refresh and stop the cooking process

• Fill the pastry case with the hollandaise sauce and place the asparagus on top

• Bake for 20-25 minutes until lightly set, before leaving to cool in the tin. Remove from the tin and garnish with the chives and, if using, the edible flowers

-----------------------

Recipe by Emily Watkins courtesy of www.greatbritishchefs.com as part of the Organic Trade Board ‘Organic - Naturally Different’ campaign.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Cotswold Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Cotswold Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Cotswold Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

12:55
Gloucester Services have plenty to celebrate this year

2016 continues to be a remarkable year for Gloucester Services, as they add another accolade to their tranche of national awards. The family run motorway service station has today become the first ever motorway services to be listed in the Good Food Guide

Read more
Mary Berry and fellow Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood. (Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon)

Millions tune in to see the Queen of Baking share her culinary wisdom each week on The Great British Bake Off – but how much do you really know about judge and food writer Mary Berry?

Read more
Mon, 10:22
Cotswold Juice Company's juices are available to order now

Cheltenham has welcomed The Cotswold Juice Company, delivering 100% organic, freshly made, cold-pressed juices and smoothies to businesses and people at work in Gloucestershire.

Read more
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Aquarius Spa at Whatley Manor

Combine two of life’s little luxuries this summer with a relaxing half day Aquarias Spa experience followed by a deliciously indulgent afternoon tea for two at Whatley Manor - £100 (saving £48).

Read more
Friday, August 12, 2016
Maytime Inn at Burford

From cosy courtyards to picturesque pub gardens, the Cotswolds has many beautiful places to take advantage of the sun and dine al fresco. Whether you’re craving an afternoon coffee and cake or want to enjoy a relaxing evening meal, we’ve picked 18 of the best eateries with exquisite outdoor dining

Read more
Monday, August 8, 2016
Lucknam Park Hotel

Afternoon Tea, once the preserve of high society, is now widely available in cafés, tearooms and restaurants across Britain. This is no less true in the Cotswolds, where you can delight in a cream tea or sip a delicate speciality blend in virtually every town and village in the region. To help you choose, here’s our selection of the best places to enjoy afternoon tea around the Cotswolds.

Read more
Friday, July 29, 2016
The Potting Shed Pub, Malmesbury

Whether you’re a loyal local or a visitor to the area, you’ll never be far from a charming real ale pub in the Cotswolds.

Read more
Cheltenham Festival
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill

After a long countryside walk in the Cotswolds there’s nothing better than refuelling with a pint and some pork scratchings in a quaint, rural pub. We pick 10 of the best (and most remote) places to go in the region.

Read more
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
The Cotswold Life Food & Drinks Awards 2016

The 14th annual Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards took place at Cheltenham Racecourse last night July 25. 450 guests gathered to celebrate the region’s food and drink industry in one of the biggest events in the Cotswold calendar. Here we announce the winners

Read more
CLFDA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Best Pub Restaurant The Swan at Southrop, sponsored by Tayabali Tomlin

From cosy pubs to rustic inns, the Cotswolds are home to some of the finest dining pubs in the region. Here’s our winner of the Best Pub Restaurant at the Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2016.

Read more
CLFDA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Food Product of the Year Nelson Loaf by The Artisan Baker, Stroud, sponsored by Royal Three Counties Show

It’s hardly surprising that there’s such good food coming out the Cotswolds - the entire region is stuffed full of beautiful local ingredients, and there’s a real passion for creating good, honest food. Despite the multitude of delicious products on offer, there is one that has shown itself to be a cut above the rest…

Read more
CLFDA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Drinks Product of the Year Apple Juice by Day's Cottage, Brookethorpe, sponsored by Resource Group

This was your opportunity to nominate your favourite drinks product aside from ale beer or cider that is made by a Cotswold farmer, producer, retailer or manufacturer. We announce this year’s worthy winner.

Read more
CLFDA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Butcher of the Year Andy Creese Butchers, Newent, sponsored by NFU Mutual

The Cotswolds is home to numerous local butchers who contribute an enormous amount to the local food scene. Their knowledge of the trade and the pride they take in their work make them a pride to the community

Read more
CLFDA
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards Chef of the Year Shamsul Krori from The Curry Corner, sponsored by Arthur David

They put in years of dedication and training to create perfection on a plate. These are the chefs behind the plethora of fantastic restaurants that we enjoy in the Cotswolds. There is so much talent here, but we have picked our finalists, and one that was a cut above the rest

Read more
CLFDA

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory
A+ Education


Like us on Facebook


Local Business Directory

Cotswold's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search