Spiced Carrot, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tarte Tatin Recipe | Abel & Cole

Spiced Carrot, Caramelised Onion & Feta Tarte Tatin

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Serves4-6 people
Vegetarians

A flipping great tart for your Easter feast full of caramelised carrots, balsamic onions and creamy feta. Perfect for Easter bunnies, and humans too.

Ingredients

  • For the flaky pastry:
  • 150g plain white flour + extra for dusting
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 25g fridge cold butter
  • 4-6 tbsp ice cold water
  • 60g frozen butter
  • For the carrot filling:
  • 6 carrots (approximately 600g)
  • 3 red onions
  • 75g butter
  • Sea salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1½ tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • A large pinch of chilli flakes
  • 200g feta
  • A handful of thyme, leaves only
  • 75g walnut halves

Prep: 45 mins + chilling | Cook: 1 hr

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Method

1. Start by making the pastry. Mix the flour and salt together. Cut the fridge cold butter into 1-2cm cubes. Add them to the flour and rub in with your fingertips till it makes fine breadcrumbs (if you have a food processor, you can whizz them together for a few secs).
2. Add 4 tbsp very cold water and stir with a fork to bring it together into a soft, silk (not sticky) dough. Add more water if it's not quite coming together. It should be smooth, but not wet.
3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Pat into a rectangle, then roll out to make a rectangle 1-2cm thick.
4. Grate half the frozen butter onto the bottom two thirds of the dough rectangle. Fold the top third down to the centre, then fold the bottom third up and over the top. Roll out into a rectangle. Rotate the rectangle 90°. Repeat the process with the remaining frozen butter. Roll into a rectangle and fold into a letter-like piece of dough.
5. Wrap up in a clean tea towel or cling film. Pop into the fridge to rest for at least 1 hr. You can make the pastry the day before and leave it rest overnight, just make sure it is well wrapped.
6. When you're ready to make your tarte tatin, heat the oven to 200°C/Fan 180°C/Gas 6.
7. Scrub and trim the carrots then slice them in half lengthways. Peel and thinly slice the onions.
8. Gently melt a third of the butter in a 24cm ovenproof frying pan. Add the onions with a good pinch of salt and cook on a very low heat for 15 mins, stirring occasionally, till very soft. Add 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar and ½ tbsp sugar and bubble for a few mins. Spoon into a bowl.
9. Place the pan back on the heat. Add the remaining butter, sugar, cumin and dried chilli flakes. Place the carrots in the pan. Pour in 200ml boiling water and cook for 15 mins till the carrots are tender, slightly caramelised and the liquid has evaporated. Turn them over every now and then.
10. Remove the pan from the heat. Make sure the carrots are arranged in a single layer on the bottom of the pan. Spoon over the balsamic onions. Crumble over half the feta and sprinkle over most of the thyme leaves. If your pan isn’t ovenproof, lay the carrots on the bottom of a 24cm tart tin or dish and top with the onions, feta and thyme.
11. Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out into a large circle - about 1-2cm bigger than your pan, tin or dish. Lay the pastry over the carrots and onions and tuck the edges in around the veg to make a crust (this will be the bottom of your tarte)
12. Slide the pan into the oven and bake for 30 mins till the pastry is golden and firm.
13. While the tarte tatin bakes, roughly chop the walnut halvess and toast them in a dry frying pan for 2-3 mins till they smell nutty.
14. Remove the tarte tatin from the oven and leave to rest for 5 mins. Place a plate on top of the pastry, making sure it is bigger than the pan, and carefully flip the tarte out. Crumble over the remaining feta. Scatter over the remaining thyme leaves and the walnuts. Serve generous slices of the tarte tatin.
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