Leek and Feta Filo Tartlets

Leek tartlets

I've been absent on this blog for what seems like ages. I was hoping to get back to blogging after the busy summer. I'm not even trying to talk about things like regular blogging, because let's be honest, my blogging frequency is not very high and it's certainly rather irregular. However my work schedule didn't allow me to spend time working on my personal projects. Or maybe it's just an excuse.

Anyway, I have a very good reason to be back today. I'm very excited to participate in a little surprise baby shower for Emiko who is expecting a baby girl soon!


I met Emiko in person last year at FBC, shortly before she moved from Italy to Australia. She is such a sweet person and I wish we could be with her celebrating this exciting time of her life. Although the distance makes is quite complicated to get together, no distance can stop food blogger friends from sharing their love through food and blogs. Since we all live in different places, we decided to organise a virtual baby shower. Together we have created a baby shower menu to celebrate Emiko's soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.

These mini tartlets are for you Emiko, I hope you would like them. I wish you and your husband joy and happiness in your life with your precious baby girl!

Sarka Babicka

Here is the final menu for the virtual baby shower:

Giulia: Birthday sponge cake
Regula: Cobnut brandy
Jasmine: Cookies
Zita: Vegan pumpkin chocolate cookies
Karin: Flourless chocolate cake with pears - La Belle Helene
Rosella: Soft cheesecake
Valeria: Gingerbread banana muffins

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Leek and feta filo tartlets
Makes 12 tartlets

Filling:
30g butter
2 leeks, trimmed and sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp, chopped parsley leaves
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
2 large eggs
300ml creme fraiche
salt and freshly ground pepper

Filo cases:
40g butter
4 filo pastry sheets 30x35cm
85g feta cheese, crumbled
2tbsp toasted pine nuts

Melt the butter in pan add the leeks and garlic and sweat gently, stirring often, for 5 minutes until soft. Remove from the heat, stir in the parsley and nutmeg. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 180℃.

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Lay one sheet of filo pastry on a flat surface, brush lightly with the melted butter and cut into 9 squares (10x10cm). Lay three squares of pastry on top of each other, turning each square so they don't line up and create a star shape.  Press into a buttered muffin tin. Repeat with another sheet of filo pastry to make 12 cases.

In a bowl, beat the eggs with creme fraiche, season with salt and pepper. Divide the egg mixture among the cases. Spoon the leeks on top and scatter with crumbled feta cheese and pine nuts. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes until the filling is set and the filo pastry is lightly golden.

Let cool slightly, remove from the muffin tin and serve.

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25 comments :

  1. Looks delicious! I always find individual appetizer size foods much more appealing. They're the perfect little punch of flavor!

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    1. Thank you. I also prefer individual portions and you get more of the crispy edges with these. :)

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  2. Sari, thank you! I'm so totally overwhelmed with the love I woke up to this morning with this surprise baby shower! These look beautiful, wish I could be biting into them right now, surrounded by you amazing girls for a proper get together - but failing that, this is a wonderful thing. xx

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    1. I'm really happy that you liked out little surprise. Really wish we could celebrate with you for real. I hope you see you soon! xx

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  3. you are right, there is no limit to the internet! beautiful images and lovely recipe!

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    1. Thank you Valeria! I wanna try your banana muffins, they look amazing too.

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  4. The tartlets look so tasty! I think it's wonderful to celebrate Emiko in this way!

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    1. Thank you. It was so much fun and pleasure to work on this little virtual baby shower.

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  5. I am so intimidated by filo sheets. Don't know why! Looking at these, I am tempted to try. It looks perfect for party :)

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    1. It's actually easy to work with filo, just give it a try. The only important thing is to keep the rest of the filo sheets well wrapped or under a wet towel so they don't dry out.

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  6. I miss your gorgeous post, Sarka! I really hope that you will be back with more stories, photos and recipes! ;) The tartlets look very delicous!

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    1. Thank you Zizi, so kind of you. I hope to post more often now. :)

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  7. Love what you guys are doing for Emiko.. And these cups are such pockets of joy!!

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    1. Hey Asha, thank you! You should join us next time.

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  8. They look beautiful, so delicate and scrumptious !

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  9. Welcome back! You have been missed. Thank you for sharing the virtual baby shower menu. A fabulous idea!

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  10. so so so so happy when you come back to blogging, you know you are missed, don't you?
    Anyway, such a powerful feeling sharing this party all together, as said to Regula, we're a great team!! xx

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  11. What a lovely treat for the shower. They look phenomenal!

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  12. What a breathtakingly gorgeous blog! Love your work -true inspiration! Congratulations to your friend, parenthood is an amazing journey indeed :)

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  13. These little tarts look delicious and could be the perfect Christmas canape!
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas Sarka :-)

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  14. Welcome back, they really look lovely and I am pretty sure they well taste lovely too!

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  15. looks delicious!♥♥


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  16. Many thanks for this great recipe. We managed to get it but it felt superb: -)
    I have a web log through food meals average Joe if you happen to engaged. I have a blog with cake recipes myself if you are interested. You can find it at http://recipes-for-food.com/

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