Spinach & feta tart

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Since I gave up sugar yesterday for 30 days I thought I would share a recipe that was not cake and this tart is definitely worth giving up sugar for. A yummy dish perfect for the warmer days.

Ingredients

For the pastry

250g plain flour, plus a little extra for rolling out
150g cold unsalted butter, diced, plus a little extra for greasing the tart tin
¼ tsp fine sea salt
1 large egg, yolk and white separated

For the filling

small knob of butter
splash of oil, for frying
1 large onion, finely diced
300g spinach, leaves stripped from their stalks
3 large eggs
200ml crème fraîche
200g feta
1 tbsp chopped dill leaves, or 1 tsp dried dill

To make the pastry, put the flour, butter and salt in a food processor and blitz until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and pulse, adding just enough cold water so that the pastry starts to come together in a ball. Roll the pastry into a smooth ball, wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for at least an hour.

Meanwhile, melt a knob of butter with a splash of oil in a small frying pan. Add the red onion and fry gently for 10 minutes, until soft and translucent. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.

Boil or steam the spinach leaves for 2–3 minutes, until wilted. Drain and refresh in a bowl of ice-cold water. Once cooled, drain again and squeeze the spinach really well several times to get rid of any excess liquid. Roughly chop the leaves.

Heat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Lightly flour a work surface and rolling pin. Lightly grease a 23cm tart tin with butter.

Roll out the pastry to a rough circle, a little bigger than needed to line the tin. Lay the pastry in the tin, pressing it into all the crevices. Trim any overhanging pastry. Chill the pastry in the fridge for a further 5 minutes. Put a baking sheet in the oven.

Line the pastry case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans or dried, uncooked pulses or rice, making sure all the crevices are filled so the pastry doesn’t rise. Place the tin on the hot baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Lift out the paper and beans, and bake for a further 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven, brush lightly with just enough egg white to coat and seal the base (this helps prevent a soggy pastry bottom), then leave to cool completely.

Once the pastry has cooled, beat the eggs for the filling in a large bowl. Stir in the crème fraîche and crumble in the feta.

Add the spinach, onion and dill. Season with salt and pepper.

Gently combine then pour the mixture into the pastry case.

Bake for about 30 minutes, until the filling has just set.

Remove and leave to cool to just warm or room temperature before cutting into slices to serve.

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