Sunday, 5 April 2009

In the bag…Bacon, Leek and Cheese Tart

This is a very, very late entry to the ‘In the Bag’ event hosted by ‘A Slice of Cherry Pie’ and ‘A Real Epicurean’, but when I made this tart this morning, I couldn’t resist!!

My partner got back yesterday from a week skiing in France (lucky thing!), and returned with a ton of cheese in his suitcase! So, combining some of the cheese with the bacon and leeks I picked up from the farmer’s market P4050148-1yesterday, I  made one of my favourite lunchtime tarts…

We took this to the beach and had a wonderful picnic in the sunshine. It feels very strange, but very nice, to actually have my weekends back!

Bacon, Leek and Cheese Tart


250gr puff pastry

120gr leeks (cut into sticks)

60gr butter

130gr bacon (chopped into 1cm squares)

60gr cheese (grated), I used Beaufort, but Gruyere or anything else that needs using-up is fine!

2 eggs

100ml double cream

A pinch of dried thyme


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.P4050137
  2. Spray or wipe a loose-bottomed flan tin with oil.
  3. Roll out the pastry and place in the tin. Put some greaseproof paper on top, followed by some baking beans. Place in the oven for 20 mins.
  4. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the leeks and cook for about 15 mins.
  5. P4050135When the leeks are soft, remove from the pan and drain on kitchen-paper. Add the bacon to the same pan, turn-up the heat and fry for about 5 mins until crispy.
  6. Mix the eggs with the cream, thyme and some salt and pepper.
  7. After removing the greaseproof pastry and beans from the pastry case add the leeks and bacon.
  8. Pour over the egg mixture and top with the cheese.
  9. Place in the oven for 20 mins, or until the tart is set.



  1. Wow, this tart looks delicious! I envy you all that yummy cheese from France. We had a tart yesterday made with bacon and mushrooms, at the beach by the Pacific - it was cold and nippy, but that salty sea air made it all the more delicious!

    Have you come up for air? How did your PhD work go?

  2. OMG that looks so SO good. I love that kind of food--husband is always on the fence about it so I don't get near as much as I want.

  3. Looks absolutely delicious. I love these kind of tarts and never would have thought to make it from puff pastry.

  4. Oysterculture - sounds good! I think I'll have to try adding mushrooms to this. The beach was also quite 'cold and nippy' here, but the sea was great!

    Laura - it's great, but soooo bad for you!!! I keep meaning to try to make a 'healthy' version, grilling the bacon and using olive oil instead of butter, but I never quite round to it!

    Jules - I know, it seems weird to make it with puff pastry, but it seems to work!

  5. Delicious. Don't you love leeks? I have never had a bad experience with them. The drawback is cleaning the silly things. Great post!

  6. applecrumbles - Thanks! Leeks are one of my favourite vegetables, I could serioulsy write a blog of purely leek recipes given half a chance...!


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