Smokey Cheese & Onion Tart


  • 1 knob butter
  • 6 bacon (rashers, chopped into pieces)
  • 3 onions (thinly sliced)
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 500 grams shortcrust pastry (block, all-butter has the best flavour)
  • plain flour (for duting)
  • 140 grams Smoked Cheddar Cheese (hard farmhouse, half grated, half crumbled)
  • 1 eggs (beaten)
  • 140 grams cherry tomatoes (halved)

smoky cheese & onion tart


  • Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  • Heat the butter in a frying pan until sizzling, then add the bacon and cook for 6 mins until just starting to crisp.
  • Add the onions and sweat for 10 mins until soft, sticky and golden.
  • Pour in the cream, take off the heat and leave to cool a little.
  • Meanwhile, roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface to a rectangle a little larger than this magazine and transfer to a baking tray. Roll the edges up and press down to create a raised border.
  • Tip the creamy onions into a bowl. Mix in the grated cheese and most of the beaten egg.
  • Spread the mixture over the pastry, then scatter over the tomatoes and crumbled cheese.
  • Brush the borders with the remaining beaten egg, then bake for 20 mins until golden.
  • Leave to cool, then cut into squares.

Enjoy warm with salad

Roasted Tomato & Smoked Goats Cheese Tart with Thyme




725 g ripe plum tomatoes

150 g Shropshire Smokery Smoked Goats Cheese

2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme, plus a few small sprigs

375 g ready rolled puff pastry

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt & freshly ground black pepper


ripe plum tomatoes

ripe plum tomatoes


you will also need a large baking tray measuring 16 x 12 in lightly oiled

pre-heat the oven : gas mark 5 , 375 f  (190 c )







To begin the recipe, first of all unwrap the pastry and place it on the baking tray. Then, using a sharp knife, carefully score a line on the pastry, about ½ in (1 cm) in from the edge, all the way around, but be careful not to cut it all the way through.

Now tip the smoked goats’ cheese into a small bowl, add the crushed garlic, chopped thyme and a good seasoning of salt and freshly milled black pepper. Then give it all a good mixing and, using a small palette or other round-bladed knife, carefully spread the cheese mixture evenly all over the surface of the pastry, right up to the line.

Next, thinly slice all the tomatoes (there is no need to peel them) and arrange them on top of the smoked goats’ cheese in overlapping lines length ways; overlap one line one way and the one next to it the other way.

After that, season the tomatoes and then drizzle the olive oil and scatter the sprigs of thyme all over them. Bake in the pre-heated oven on the middle shelf for 55 minutes or until the pastry is golden-brown and the tomatoes are roasted and slightly charred at the edges.

If you are going to serve the tart warm, leave it to settle for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares.