Artichoke, bacon & cheese tart

Contains pork – recipe is for non-Muslims only
Perfect for lunch or a light supper with a tomato or leaf salad – make your own pastry if you like

  • Ready in 45-55 minutes, plus chilling time
  • Serves 6
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 769
  • fat 62g
  • saturates 32g
  • carbs 40g
  • sugars 0g
  • fibre 2g
  • protein 15g
  • salt 1.54g


  • 500g pack shortcrust pastry (thawed if frozen), or make your own with 200g/8oz plain flour and 100g/4oz butter
  • 2 eggs, plus 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 slices back bacon
  • 284ml carton double cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • small bunch flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 290g jar artichokes in oil, drained, rinsed and the large pieces halved
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated


Give it a twist
Instead of bacon, scatter thoroughly chopped pieces of Italian salami in with the artichokes.


  1. Preheat the oven to fan 170C/conventional 190C/gas 5. If making your own pastry, make as usual. Roll out the pastry so it’s large enough to line a deep 23cm flan tin. Let the pastry sides sit slightly above the rim of the tin. Prick the pastry base with a fork.

  2. Bake blind for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven and lift out the paper and beans. Brush the base of the pastry with a little of the beaten egg (from the filling) and put back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

  3. While the pastry is baking, heat the oil in a frying pan, then cook the bacon until turning slightly golden. Snip or tear the bacon into large pieces. Beat the cream into the beaten eggs with the garlic and parsley, then season really well.

  4. Casually arrange the artichoke pieces and bacon in the tart case, then sprinkle with the cheese. Pour over the egg mixture to cover, then season with black pepper. Lower the oven to fan 160C/conventional 180C/gas 4. Bake the tart for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and softly set. Remove and leave to cool slightly before serving.

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