Cheese Tartlets Recipe

a Valentine's heart made from mini cakes
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 Updated 01/01/2016

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Can be used as a starter or main course depending on how many you decide to make. Can be served with a salad of choice.


    For the pastry:
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 6 tablespoons organic butter
  • 3 medium organic egg yolks
  • 4 fluid oz milk

  • For the filling:
  • 4 tablespoons organic butter
  • 8 fluid oz milk
  • 4 organic egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons grated Emmenthal cheese
  • salt, pepper and grated nutmeg to taste
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Rub the butter into the flour to form fine crumbs.
  2. Add the egg yolks and enough milk to make a smooth dough.
  3. Wrap this in a clean cloth and put in the fridge for about 2 1/2 hours.
  4. Roll the dough out and use it to line either one large, greased tin (heart shaped if possible) or two individual tins.
  5. Prick the dough on the bottoms of the tins, place a piece of greaseproof paper on the pastry and weigh it down with some dried beans.
  6. Bake at 190 degrees centigrade (see temperature conversions) for about 15 minutes.
  7. Beat the butter for the filling until it becomes very light and fluffy.
  8. Set aside in a cool place.
  9. Heat the milk until near boiling point and then pour over the beaten egg yolks in a basin.
  10. Beat well and then strain into another basin and cook over a pan of hot water, continuing to stir, until the mixture thickens.
  11. Take off the heat and beat in the cheese and then the butter.
  12. Allow to cool and then fill the pastry case or cases with the mixture.
  13. Serve cold.

Prep Time: 180 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 2 - 4 portions


very delicious little tartlets. I quite like serving them with a little creme fraiche and a tangy salad.
#0 - paul - 01/01/2016 - 09:58
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