Mediterranean tart

Eric Lanlards pie is bustling with aubergine, cherry tomatoes, grilled halloumi, anchovies and capers in a rich ricotta and cream filling
By Eric Lanlard
Mediterranean tart
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the pastry

  • 250 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 125 g unsalted butter, chilled and cubed, plus extra for greasing
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-3 tbsp chilled water

For the filling

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 medium red onions, sliced
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into 1cm slices
  • 150 g halloumi cheese, thinly sliced
  • 200 g ricotta cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 50 ml double cream
  • 150 g cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6 anchovies, sliced lengthways into thin strips
  • 1 tbsp capers, rinsed
  • fresh oregano


1. For the pastry: put the flour and a pinch of salt into a large bowl and rub in the chilled butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

2. Using a knife, mix in the egg yolk and then gradually add enough of the chilled water until the mixture comes together to form a dough adding the water a little at a time will prevent the dough from becoming too sticky.

3. Grease a 23cm diameter, 3cm deep tart tin, and line with the pastry. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

4. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Remove the pastry case from the refrigerator and prick the base with a fork. Line with greaseproof paper and cover with baking beans if you have them.

5. Blind bake for 15 minutes, then remove the beans and paper and cook for further 10 minutes, or until golden.

6. For the filling: heat half the olive oil in a heavy-based pan. Add the red onions, sprinkle with a little salt and cook gently over a very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions release their natural
sugars and begin to turn golden. This will take about 1012 minutes.

7. Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. While the onions are cooking, brush the aubergine slices with the remaining olive oil and heat a griddle or frying pan. Place the aubergines on the hot griddle pan and cook until lightly browned on both sides. You may have to do this in batches.

8. Lightly brown the slices of halloumi in the griddle pan then set aside.

9. Put the ricotta into a medium-sized bowl and mix until smooth. Add the eggs and cream, and season with salt and pepper.

10. Cover the base of the cooked pastry case with the softened onions and then overlap the slices of aubergine and halloumi on top. Cover this layer with the halved cherry tomatoes.

11. Pour over the ricotta and egg mixture and finally cover the top of the tart with the anchovies, capers and a generous sprinkling of oregano leaves.

12. Return to the oven for 2025 minutes, or until set and golden. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

Recipe from Eric Lanlard's book: Tart it Up!: Sweet and Savoury Tarts and Pies, Mitchell Beazley, July 2012

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