Audrey’s Asparagus Tart with Cheese Pastry for an Unexpected Luncheon

This is large, filling, a dash unusual, delicious and inexpensive to make. The cheese pastry is unbelievably good but I never got round to filling it with anything different.  The ingredients are readily available in the pantry so it’s easy to whip up with a salad and bread for unexpected guests at a Sunday lunch or just for a light family dinner.  In case you’re wondering, Audrey was mum of one of our family friends, Anthony Holman.image

Serves 6-8

Pastry:
150g flour
150g butter from the fridge
150g(1½ cups) cheddar cheese such as Coons or Bega

  1. Use grater blade in food processor to grate butter and cheese.
  2. Remove grater blade and replace with normal blade.
  3. Add flour and process until pastry just forms.
  4. Press into a 25cm greased pie dish -it will be quite thick.

Filling:
1x484g tin asparagus, tinned works perfectly
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 cup cream
2 eggs
1t(5ml) bicarbonate of soda
pinch mustard powder

  1. Lay asparagus and cheese over pastry.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients and pour over.
  3. Bake at 180°C for 35 to 40 minutes until filling has set.
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