A tart for two… or four


I really like pastry, pies and tarts, and when you don’t have heaps of time, using readymade puff pastry to whip up something tasty can make a great hassle free dinner.

I admit it, I have never actually made my own puff pastry, but I have heard several famous bakers say that they don’t normally make theirs either… so I think we are off the hook!

Try this tart for a simple but satisfying lunch or dinner and feel free to play around with the toppings. You can make it as simple or as fancy as you like!

Asparagus and Prosciutto Puff Pastry Tart (serves 2-4)

1 sheet of ready to roll puff pastry (or half a 500g block, rolled out)

3-4 tbsp green pesto

4 slices prosciutto ham

½ a bunch of asparagus (about 6 or 7 spears)

4 sundried tomatoes

150g feta

A few squeezes of lemon juice

  1. Preheat the oven to 220ᵒ/ Gas mark 7. Unroll the pastry or roll it out into a rectangle and score around the edge, leaving a 1.5cm border.
  2. In the inner rectangle, spread the pesto all over with the back of a spoon. I have suggested using 3-4 tbsp of pesto, but use as little or as much as you like.
  3. Rip and scatter the prosciutto across the tart and chop and scatter the sundried tomatoes. Then crumble over the feta cheese. Chop each asparagus spear in half and drizzle with lemon juice before spreading these across the pastry as well.
  4. Bake the tart in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is risen and golden and the asparagus is cooked.

Serve the tart with a side salad or enjoy it on its own.