Leek tart

Spring has sprung and isn’t it glorious? With a weekend like this it’s hard to fight the urge to spring clean. Bedsheets hang from the washing line, the windows are open and a soft breeze blows through the house. Winter is finally over.
As soon as the weather gets better I start planning picnics. Not complicated affairs which need forethought or planning. Rather, just lunches in the garden, tea by the sandpit, in the park.
Not only do my children seem to crave being outside (the 18-month-old cries continuously indoors, and is only happy marching up and down the garden, or digging earthy mounds out of my flower beds with his hands), but a meal eaten outside is a meal which doesn’t take much cleaning up. Perfect.
Puff pastry tarts can look quite impressive but require a tiny amount of work, and they work brilliantly as a picnic. Leave it in the baking tray you cooked it in, just cover with foil or put in a plastic bag, and stick it under the buggy. Meals on wheels.
Leek tart
Start to finish: 5 minutes prep, 15 mins in the oven
Serves: 2 adults and 2 children
1 packet of ready rolled puff pastry (alway ready rolled, the other stuff takes too long faffing with flour and rolling pins)
4 medium/large leeks
40g butter
sprinkling of thyme
70g cheese – I used cheddar, but you could use anything, goat’s cheese or stilton would be nice. Or use up the odds and ends you have in the fridge.
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C, 200 if you have a fan oven. Slice the leeks fairly thinly. Melt the butter in a pan. Add the leeks and the thyme. Gently fry on a low heat for five minutes or so – the leeks should have softened but retain a bright green colour. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. Unroll the pastry straight into a baking tray. Pour the leek mix in to the centre of the pastry and spread it leaving a 1-2 cm border of pastry around the edge. You can glaze the border with a mixed egg if you are so inclined, I don’t bother. Put in the oven for 15 minutes.


  1. Glorious!

  2. maybe a dumb question, but what size baking tray?

  3. Mine is 30cmx40cm, but depends on the size of your pastry. As long as it fits, it’s fine. Any large baking tray should do it.


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