Sprouting Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower tart

I should apologise to you my readers. I know you must be tired of reading about weather. I don't want to mention London weather in every post, but local weather is truly crazy! Do you remember the beautiful blue sky in one of the pictures from a last week's post? I think it was the hottest day of this year. Unfortunately, that is no longer true. This week, we were thinking about turning the heating on again!

I will keep this post short because my hands and fingers are numb (we didn't turn the heating on) and I have probably pinched a nerve in my back which makes sitting at the computer quite painful.

I really enjoyed a Sunday photo walk in spite of the horrible weather. P. has bought an old fashioned film camera and we set out to give it a first try. I'm quite curious how the photos will turn out. Cold and dreary weather was, however quite pleasing in the end, because it produced lovely soft lighting, offering good photography conditions. I went with my digital camera so I can share some pictures with you instead of long writing.

But let's get back to the tart. I really like savoury tarts. Not only they are quite easy to make, but I also love their endless versatility. I usually use ready-made puff pastry (like in this recipe), because it makes the process even easier. However, I wanted to push myself a bit further this time.
Then I found Aran's recipe for a savoury tart, and decision was made. The addition of thyme and rosemary in the pastry sounded very promising. I slightly altered the recipe and ended up with a gluten-free version because I ran out of plain flour and was too lazy to bother getting dressed and go shopping. And only flour I had at home was gluten and wheat free plain white flour blend. I already mentioned this flour in my gluten-free cookies post.

You will have some leftover dough scraps from the tart. Use them to make crackers. They go wonderfully with a soup. I left the dough in the fridge for two days and the cracker turned out perfectly. I made two batches and I left the second batch too long in the oven, so they were a bit darker. They tasted great with a homemade roasted tomato soup, though.

Sprouting broccoli, kale and cauliflower tart

400g gluten and wheat free plain white flour blend
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp fresh thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
200g butter, cut into cubes and chilled
8tbsp cold water

2 tbsp olive oil
1 large yellow onion, halved and sliced
1/2 head of cauliflower, broken into small pieces
5 stems purple sprouting broccoli, stems removed and chopped
2 cups chopped kale
1tsp freshly ground black pepper
1tsp salt
1/2 cup double cream
1 cup milk
3 eggs
200g cheddar cheese, grated

1. In a large bowl combine flour, salt, thyme, rosemary and black pepper. Using a fork mash the butter into the flour until crumbly.

2. Stir in the cold water and bring the pastry together into a ball. Shape the dough into a flat square, wrap it in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 2 hours.

3. Turn out the dough onto a piece of plastic wrap and roll to about 0.4cm thick. Lift still on the wrap and place in a tart pan. Press sides gently in and remove any dough that hangs over the edge of the tart pan. With the plastic wrap still on chill it for another 1 hour.

4. Use the scraps to make crackers. Press all of the dough scraps together gently, do not overwork them with kneading. If you want to make crackers right away, roll the dough to 0.5-0.7cm thick and cut squares. Place them on a lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Before baking sprinkle the crackers with freshly grated black pepper, coarse grained salt or some cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 180C.

5. In a pan heat the olive oil and saute the onion for 5 minutes. Add the kale, broccoli and cauliflower and saute for another 5 minutes. Let it cool a bit. In the meantime, whisk the eggs, milk, double cream, thyme, salt and pepper in a bowl.

6. Take the tart pan out of the fridge and spread the vegetable over the crust. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and pour the egg mixture on top.

7. Bake at 200C for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 180C and bake for another 20-25 minutes or until the top is golden.


  1. Gorgeous! I can tell you are *loving* your new lens, you cutie. =) You're a natural at styling/photographing food Sarka, career-change in the cards? ;)

  2. Ooo I so know what you mean when you talk about the weather. I think we share exactly the same weather, since we're not that far apart... It's terrible at the moment! Can't believe what is going on.. Anyway, your tart is just soooo gorgeous and as Hilda is already saying your styling and lighting is simply wonderful. Love all your photos!

  3. I think I can't complain anymore about the weather here in sardinia, I suppose it's sunny enough for the moment...
    Hilda is right, your style is amazing, I like it very much...maybe once you can write a post to share with us some of your tips...
    I'm a big fan of savory tart too, this period I'm trying so many recipes of crusts and fillings, they are so many!

  4. Love love your post, So beautiful and gorgeous your are amazing!

  5. Every time you leave me with open mouth!
    You really have a natural talent for styling, I do agree with Hilda and Mika!
    And, talking about the weather, London is every day nearer to Tuscany, as we have sunny and shiny weater and after a moment a sudden thunderstorm!
    Savory tarts are a great chance to have delicious and readymade main dishes, aren't they?

  6. What a gorgeous post! I love adding herbs to my tart crusts. Nice gluten free recipe. Lovely shots.

  7. beautiful blog! love your photography....mouthwatering :)

  8. @Hilda - Thank you so much for the very nice comment! You are right, I do love my new lens! :)

    @Simone - I think the Iceland Volcano is behind this weather craziness. Thank you for the compliment!

    @Mika - Thank you Mika, I visited your blog and I don't think you need any of my tips, your photos are great! I'm jealous of your sunny weather! :)

    @Rowaida - Thank you Rowaida.

    @Juls - Thank you sweetie for the nice praise! I hope you bring some sunny Tuscany weather to London in June! :)

    @lisa - Thank you Lisa for stopping by here, your blog is gorgeous!

    @M. - Thank you Monika for your comment! I love YOUR photography! Congrats on being featured in "In the kitchen with" on Design Sponge!

  9. Stunning..I am so jealous of your food photography. I am in London too and you are so right about the change in the weather.

  10. Did i tell u..ur pics are gorgeous...i have never tried making a tart but this making even the laziness in me drool :)
    And the pear and ginger muffins...just when i was wondering what to do with the overly ripe ones i have with me..shall give it a go

  11. STUNNING. You've put me in my place.

  12. Oh Sarka, these photos are amazing. And I completely agree with Hilda, you are a natural at food styling. Gorgeous.

  13. such a lovely blog. just started following you on twitter. thanks for the inspiration. i found my way to you from crumpets and cakes. so many great food blogs out there...

  14. The light in your photos is just... MARVELOUS. So glad I found your blog! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  15. holy moly, your blog is BEAUTIFUL!!!

  16. I completely understand about the weather. Very similar here. But, the tart more than makes up for it. Truly beautiful!

  17. Just got back from London and agreed, the weather was insanely cold. Unfortunately, got back to Austria and it's the same. What is going on?

  18. Stunning! What a great great post this is... in every way :)

  19. this looks gorgeous... fabulous bistro food perfect for the weekend! i love the socks, too!

  20. @Weekend Carnivore - thank you for the comment. Your blog and photos are really lovely. You don't need to be jealous at all!

    @An Open Book - Thank you for the compliment. I love savoury tarts, so easy to make and very versatile.

    @From Me To You - Thank you for stopping by here! What an honour! I love love love your photos and your blog! :)

    @Su-yin - thank you sweetie, you are very kind!

    @phyllis grant - So glad I inspired you! You are right, there are many fabulous blogs in a blogosphere. Wish I had time to read them all!

    @Maya - Thank you Maya for the nice comment! I love naturally lit photos! :) Glad you like them too!

    @ Lady Grey - You made me smile! Thank you! :)

    @El - I really hate London weather but I love London! :) And baking and cooking always help!

    @sasasunakku - Oh, I'd love to travel to Australia, lucky you! :)

    @Elena - Thank you Elena!

    @thepassionatecook - heheh, thank you! I got those socks from my mum as a present. :)

  21. great recipe...good info...
    i'll try it soon...