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French pea and spring onion tart

Australian Gourmet Traveller spring recipe for French pea and spring onion tart.

By Emma Knowles
  • Serves 8
  • 40 mins preparation
  • 50 mins cooking plus resting, cooling
French pea and spring onion tart
French pea and spring onion tart


  • For brushing: eggwash
  • 400 gm podded peas (about 850gm unpodded)
  • 30 gm butter, coarsely chopped
  • 6 spring onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • ½ baby cos, shredded
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 200 gm crème fraîche
  • Finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1½ tbsp each finely chopped mint and flat-leaf parsley
  • 30 gm finely grated Gruyère
Crème fraîche pastry
  • 300 gm (2 cups) plain flour
  • 150 gm chilled butter, coarsely chopped
  • 200 gm crème fraîche
Pea salad
  • 150 gm podded peas (about 300gm unpodded)
  • 100 gm sugarsnap peas, halved lengthways
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) pea tendrils
  • ½ baby cos, coarsely torn
  • 25 ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tsp crème fraîche
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) olive oil


  • 1
    For crème fraîche pastry, process flour, butter and 1 tsp sea salt in a food processor until fine crumbs form, add crème fraîche and process until pastry just comes together. Form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 2
    Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry on a floured surface to 3mm thick, line a 24cm-diameter tart tin, trim edges and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes). Prick base and blind bake until light golden (10-12 minutes). Remove paper and weights, bake until crisp (6-8 minutes), brush with eggwash, bake until glazed (2 minutes) and set aside.
  • 3
    Blanch peas until just tender (4-5 minutes), drain and set aside. Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add spring onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (4-5 minutes), add cos, stir until wilted, season to taste and set aside.
  • 4
    Whisk yolks, crème fraîche and lemon rind in a bowl to combine and season to taste. Stir in peas, herbs and and lettuce mixture. Spoon into pastry case, spreading evenly, scatter with Gruyère, bake until golden and just set (15-20 minutes) and stand to cool for 15 minutes.
  • 5
    For salad, blanch peas until just tender (4-5 minutes), remove with a slotted spoon, refresh and drain. Blanch sugarsnap peas until just tender (2-3 minutes), drain, refresh and drain. Combine in a bowl with tendrils and cos. Whisk lemon juice, mustard and crème fraîche in a small bowl, whisk in oil and season to taste. Pour over pea mixture, toss to coat and serve with warm tart.


This recipe is from the October 2012 issue of .
Drink Suggestion: Floral Loire Valley sauvignon blanc. Drink suggestion by Max Allen

  • Author: Emma Knowles