Jessie and Lennie Ware offer us this classic tart recipe from their cookbook, Table Manners
These classic flavours create a beautiful festive tart to serve up at the Christmas dinner table. It looks great, tastes delicious and is so easy to make.
Table Manners The Cookbook by Jessie & Lennie Ware (Ebury Press). Photography by Ola O Smit
25g of unsalted butter
3 red onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp of light soft brown sugar
1 tbsp of red wine vinegar
2 heaped tbsp of red onion chutney (or any other chutney for cheese)
150g of Stilton or other blue cheese, crumbled
75g of walnut pieces
10 fresh thyme sprigs
Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6 and place a large baking sheet inside to heat up.
Unroll the pastry sheet and place on a large piece of baking parchment.
Using a sharp knife, score a 2cm border around the edges, taking care not to cut completely through the pastry. Using a fork, prick the pastry all over inside the border. Transfer the pastry – on the parchment – to the hot baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes until lightly golden all over.
Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large heavy-based frying pan, add the onions and a good pinch of salt and fry for about 10 minutes until soft.
Add the sugar and vinegar and stir until heated through and the sugar has dissolved. Set aside.
Remove the pastry from the oven and gently press down the centre with the back of a fork. Spread the chutney over the pastry, then cover with the onions, keeping within the border. Arrange the apple segments over the onions, then add the crumbled Stilton and walnuts, and scatter the thyme on top. Return to the oven for 15 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and the pastry is golden brown.
Leave to cool for at least 5 minutes before slicing. It’s also lovely served at room temperature.