Goat's cheese, cranberry and walnut tart

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Made with fresh cranberries, goat's cheese and walnuts, this festive tart by Helen is scrumptious served both hot or cold.

I don’t eat much cheese throughout the year, but for me Christmas time is all about the cheese. It’s also all about the chutneys and nuts, especially those in the shells, which remind me of Christmas when I was a child when myself and my dad would sit with a bin between our knees cracking open our nuts. My favourites were hazelnuts, as they always came out of the shells easily. Brazil nuts were temperamental and if you didn’t crack it just right it would be near on impossible to get the nut out. I loved walnuts, but they were fiddly and it was a real treat when I managed to get a complete half.

These days I like to buy my nuts ready shelled, and eat a handful most days, with Brazil nuts being my current favourite. This festive tart has many elements to it that signify Christmas to me: cheese, walnuts and fresh cranberries. It's delicious served both warm and cold, and would make a great addition to a Christmas buffet.





Roll the pastry out until it’s large enough to cover the base and sides of your tart pan. Lay into the pan and press lightly into the sides. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes
In the meantime heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the sliced onions and fry gently for around 8 minutes
Add the balsamic vinegar and cook for a further 2 minutes, set aside
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4
Trim the edges of the pastry. Cover with baking paper and baking beans or dried beans. Blind bake the pastry case for 20 minutes
Add the onions onto the pastry case. Scatter over the walnuts, reserving a handful for the top. Follow with the cranberries and goat’s cheese
Beat the eggs and milk together and season with salt and black pepper. Pour the egg mixture carefully into the pastry case and scatter with the remaining walnuts
Bake for 25 minutes, until golden and firm to the touch. Serve warm or cold

Helen is a recipe developer and food blogger living in the Midlands with her husband and three children.

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