Friday 15 November 2013

Pancetta & Onion Applewood Tart

Pancetta & Onion Applewood Tart
It is a truth universally acknowledged that it is perfectly fine for a food blogger to use ready made puff pastry, especially for a quick family supper. I usually like tomato purée or crème fraîche as a base but as you have probably realised by now I have recently been introduced to a new spread. Applewood Spreadable is made by the same company who made the Applewood Smoky Cheddar Cheese. It obviously tastes terrific just spread on some bread or crackers but it forms the basis of many a quick family dish.

I've been fortunate enough to receive a lovely hamper of goodies from Applewood Spreadable in order to create some recipes. This is one of those recipes but fear not the ingredients list is very short, the skill level extremely low but it will still be gobbled up by all the family. I've used onions but you could substitute spring onions or leeks. To add another taste and texture you could layer some slices of tomatoes on top.

Equipment: 1 baking sheet - I used my Swiss Roll tin which measures 13” x 9”, rolling pin if using block puff pastry, frying pan.


100g Pancetta
1 Onion, chopped
500g Pack Puff Pastry (mine was a block)
5 tbsp (75ml) Applewood Spreadable


1. While you prepare the other ingredients get the puff pastry out of the fridge and leave it to rest.
2. Start to cook the pancetta in a frying pan.
3. When some of the fat has been released from the pancetta add the onions.
4. Cook until the onion has softened and starts to colour.
5. Transfer to a plate with a piece of kitchen towel to mop up some of the excess fat.
6. Pre-heat the oven to 200°C/Gas mark 6.
7. Roll out the puff pastry block to the size of your baking sheet.
8. Put the pastry on the baking sheet and prick all over. I like to fold a bit of each side over in order to make a bit of a lip or crust.
9. Spread some Applewood Spread all over the base.
10. Cover the base with the pancetta and onions and cook for 20 minutes.

Great served with potato wedges or a selection of your favourite vegetables.

Applewood Spreadable send me the hamper and its contents for free. No payment was made for this post. All words, photos and recipe are my own.

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