Recipe: Lemony asparagus and ricotta tart

This is a beautiful tart, from the Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens, to celebrate the asparagus season. If you can’t get hold of asparagus (its season is quite short), substitute griddled courgette ribbons or roasted cherry tomatoes.

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by Abi Hooper |
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  1. Make the shortcrust pastry according to the method in the Higgidy Cookbook or use ready-made, and put in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes before using.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to about 3mm thick and line your tart tin with it, making sure the edge of the pastry stands just a little proud above the rim. Trim the edges, then prick the base with a fork and return it to the fridge for a further 30 minutes. Don’t be tempted to skip this step – it will help prevent shrinkage in the oven.

  3. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas mark 6 and put a baking sheet in to heat up. Remove your tin from the fridge, line with non-stick baking paper and fill with baking beans. Bake on the hot baking sheet in the oven for 20 minutes, then remove the paper and beans, brush with beaten egg yolk and bake for a further 10–15 minutes or until golden. Remove and let cool, then carefully remove the tin.

  4. For the filling, beat together the ricotta and crème fraîche and stir in the Parmesan, dill, lemon zest and juice and a little salt and pepper. Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the asparagus and broad beans for 2–3 minutes or until just tender, then drain and run under the cold tap to stop them cooking further. Squeeze the beans from their skins.

  5. Once the tart case is completely cool, spoon in the creamy filling and arrange the asparagus and broad beans on top. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and brush or drizzle over the tart. Scatter with lemon zest and serve in thick slices.

The Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens is published by Quercus on 12 September, £16.99
The Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens is published by Quercus on 12 September, £16.99

The Higgidy Cookbook by Camilla Stephens is published by Quercus on 12 September, £16.99

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