I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy vegetarian recipes to whip up, and this a super-easy one which can be prepared in advance and then only takes 15 minutes to cook through before serving with some fresh green vegetables or salad.
Carrot Tarte Tatin
- Serves 4
- Preparation: 30 minutes
- Cooking Time: 15 minutes
- 600g (1lb 5oz) carrots, cut into 2.5 cm chunks
- 2tbsp clear honey
- 25g (1oz) butter
- 1tsp dill
- optional extra: 150g (5oz) paneer, chopped
- optional extra: 2tbsp parmesan, grated
- 350g (12oz) ready-made and rolled puff pastry
- plain flour
Bring a large saucepan of lightly salter water to the boil. Add the carrots, bring back to the boil and cook for 10 minutes, until just tender. Drain, toss with the honey, butter and dill, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Spoon the carrots over the base of a 20cm (8 inch) tarte tatin tin or round cake ting with a depth of about 3cm (1.5 inches). Roast in the oven fr 15 minutes or until the carrots are caramelised.
- Mix the chopped paneer into the caramelised carrots, and sprinkle 1tbsp parmesan over the top of the mix. This is the point that the tarte can be left covered, to cook through later.
- Lay the puff pastry out on a flour worked surface and place the pan on top to draw around it onto the pastry, leaving an extra cm of pastry all the way around the diameter. Place the pastry circle carefully over the carrot (and paneer) mix, and tuck the excess down the sides of the tin to make a border.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the pastry is puffed and golden.
- Remove the tin from the oven, place a flat plate over the tin and turn over to release the tarte. Sprinkle 1tbsp parmesan over the top of the tarte while it is still sizzling hot, allowing it to melt slightly before serving.
This recipe comes from the 'Vegetarian Step-By-Step Cookbook' by Parragon. This easy to use cookbook is a fool-proof recipe book that even the most reluctant cooks could use to create vegetarian recipes. Every recipe comes beautifully laid out with a step-by-step guide accompanied by photographs. I am someone who looks at a recipe and becomes flummoxed by the bamboozling instructions; I tend to look at the ingredients and the finished product and charge ahead. This recipe book takes a nervy cook's hand and holds it gently, leading it slowly down the path to good, wholesome, family food. If I can do it, anyone can.
I received this book to try out as a Parragon Book Buddy, my opinions are honest and unbiased.