Bacon, Leek and Walnut Tart

Bacon, Leek and Walnut Tart (2)

This is the unashamed winter version of my spring tart – the same base with some lovely, warm, winter flavours to top it with.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that it’s my birthday soon (on Monday), and in my opinion the celebrations should start today. Only one day left at work before a lovely long weekend – what better time to celebrate with a delicious cheesy, pastry based tart with the beautiful flavours of bacon, leek, walnuts and gorgonzola (and a glass of wine).

The tart is extremely easy to make. Although slightly more difficult to make than my spring tart, due to the frying of the bacon and leeks, it’s still desperately straightforward and if you’re someone who is a bit scared of using pastry, this is an excellent place to start.

The tart was given the accolade “scrumptious” by my husband, so must be good.

This will take you no more than 45 minutes to make, and will serve 4 with a side salad.

Bacon, Leek and Walnut Tart (1)

Bacon, Leek and Walnut Tart

375g ready rolled puff pastry

200g bacon lardons

1 large leek

200g soft cheese

1 egg

1 handful walnut halves

20g gorgonzola

1. Preheat the oven to 220 degrees.

2. Fry the bacon lardons over a medium heat until golden. Finely slice the leeks and add them to the fryng pan; fry for another 3-4 minutes.

3. Unroll the pastry, lay on a baking tray and score all the way around the edge, 1 inch from the sides (don’t cut all the way through). Beat the egg in a bowl and brush a little around the outside edges.

4. Spread the soft cheese evenly over the inside scored rectangle of the pastry. Grind some black pepper over the top, then evenly layer on the bacon and leek mix. Sprinkle over the walnuts, and dot the gorgonzola over.

5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, until the sides are golden and puffed up.

21 responses to “Bacon, Leek and Walnut Tart”

  1. Okay, now I’m hungry. Thank you for sharing!

  2. YUMMO! I’ll take an entire tart please, the other 3 people can get their own. Happy Burpday and enjoy the celebrations!

  3. My brother sends me a big box of walnuts from his tree every year so this eill be another use for them! Looks delicious. See http://www.dawesindoors.wordpress.com

    1. Lucky you, Martin! Wish my brother had a walnut tree! 🙂

  4. Great combination, I don’t think I did leeks and walnuts together before but it sounds good!

  5. Oooh, this looks fabulous. Love the addition of walnuts. Happy upcoming birthday!

  6. I absolutely love using walnuts in everything possible. your tart looks so neat and tidy and appetising , somehow try as I may my tart photos look terrible 😉

  7. Oh Yum! I love walnuts and use them a lot in salad, but had not thought of putting them in a savory tart. I agree with MANJIRICHITNIS You should be giving courses in photography – I would sign up like a shot (no pun intended!)

    1. Thanks Linda, that’s so nice of you to say!

  8. Walnut and bacon – oh yes, oh yes, oh yes.

  9. Delectable looking dish Harriet.

  10. Happy Birthday!!! Hope it’s been a great one so far!

  11. Hi there! This pie looks absolutely delicious…bookmarked for the future 🙂 Hope you had a terrific birthday.
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