Yesterday I promised that I would be back with a recipe from my book. Savory or sweet… that was up to you.
And I have to admit that you surprised me with the result. “They will want a sweet treat!”. I was certain you would. But when I counted the results this morning, I was wrong. You opted for a savory small plate.
Could it be the weather?
Autumn that makes you crave something cozy and warm?
I know that’s how I feel these days.
There are many savory and sweet tart recipes in the book, because after all, those are the things I like to eat myself.
Tarts and custards.
And the recipe I am about to share with you has both. Hearty yet delicate. One of my favorite recipes from the book… and also many of my friends’ favorite.
Swiss chard, pear and Gruyère tart.
Now, I hope you make it this weekend for your friends and family. And please report back with your thoughts.
I have made it three times myself in the last few days.
Oh, but wait…
Since you were so generous with your comments yesterday and many of you requested a sweet treat for your children, I cannot just leave you with one recipe.
Please be back tomorrow. There will be a surprise…
… that involves chocolate.
Swiss Chard, Pear, and Gruyère Tart
from “Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking”
Makes one 9-inch round tart, one 14 by 4-inch rectangular tart or five 4-inch tartlets
1/2 cup (70 g) superfine brown rice flour
1/3 cup (45 g) quinoa flour
1/3 cup (35 g) almond flour
2 tablespoons potato starch
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 stick (8 tablespoons or 110 g) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
1. Add the first seven ingredients to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to aerate. Add the cold butter to the flour mixture and pulse ten times, until the butter is cut into pea-size pieces.
2. Add 6 tablespoons ice water and pulse until the dough comes together. It will not form a ball. Check the dough to see if it holds together when pressed between your fingers. Add more water if needed.
3. Turn the dough onto a work surface, knead it a couple of times, and press it together to form a disk. Wrap it in plastic wrap. Press it down to flatten it and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Lightly dust your work surface (preferably cold) and roll out the dough to a 1/4-inch. If the dough cracks while rolling, pinch it back together. Fill the tart mold with the dough and press it gently into the mold. Cut off excess dough. Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes.
5. Blind-bake the tart by covering it with a piece of parchment paper and topping the paper with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the pie weights and paper and continue baking for another 10 minutes, until lightly golden. Let it cool slightly while preparing the filling. (Leave the oven on.)
Swiss Chard, Pear, and Gruyère Filling
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium leek, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups (175 g) chopped Swiss chard, (remove tough ribs but use the tender ones)
2 tablespoons white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon sweet rice flour or cornstarch
1/2 cup (125 ml) whole milk
1/2 cup (125 ml) unsweetened coconut milk
1/2 ounce (15 g) Parmesan cheese, finely grated
2 ounces (60 g) Gruyère cheese, grated
1 medium Bartlett or Bosc pear, thinly sliced with a mandoline preferably
Microgreens, for garnish
1. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
2. Add the Swiss chard, white wine, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper, and nutmeg. Cook until the chard is wilted and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
3. Whisk together the eggs, sweet rice flour, milk, coconut milk, Parmesan, 1 ounce (30 g) of the Gruyère, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.
4. Fill the tart crust with the Swiss chard and top with slices of pear. Lightly press the filling down and pour the custard over it. Top with the remaining Gruyère.
5. Bake at 375oF (190oC) for about 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let it cool slightly before cutting. Serve the tart garnished with microgreens.