Pastry for 28cm flan tin
140g plain flour
Pinch of salt
70g chilled butter, cut into dice
50g mature cheddar, grated
Water to bind
300g frozen peas, blanched drained and cooled
100g broccoli, blanched drained and cooled
80g chorizo sausage, sliced thinly
200g feta, roughly crumbled
1 tbsp chopped red chilli (optional)
3 whole eggs
2 egg yolks
200ml double cream or creme fraiche
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 5. To make the pastry put the flour, salt and chilled butter into a food processor and whizz for a few seconds until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Alternatively, sift the flour and salt into a medium bowl, add the butter and rub lightly together with fingertips until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Then stir in the cheese and add 2 tablespoons of cold water gradually mixing with a fork until the pastry just holds together. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out the pastry into a circle bigger than the flan tin, line the flan tin, pressing it well into the case. Trim the edges and prick the base with a fork. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes, then, using baking beans, bake the tart case blind for 15 minutes. Remove the baking beans and cook for a further 5 minutes to cook the base.
Arrange the peas, broccoli, chorizo and feta in the flan dish sprinkle with the chopped red chillies. Lightly beat together the whole eggs, yolks, double cream or creme fraiche, season with a little sea salt and black pepper. Add the liquid to the flan tin.
Lower the temperature of the oven to 170°C/325°F/Gas Mark 4 and cook the tart until it has just set about 20- 25 minutes. Leave to cool.
Serve with a green salad and new potatoes.
The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.
When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W)