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Artichoke Tart

Course Piatto Unico
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Author Giulia

Ingredients

Ingredients for the savoury shortcrust

  • 250 g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Grated peel half a lemon
  • Sichuan pepper
  • 125 g cold unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Ingredients for the tart

  • 250 g cheese, fresh pecorino, marzolino cheese… thinly sliced
  • 5 artichokes
  • 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • Grated peel half a lemon
  • Sichuan pepper
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Place the flour on a wooden surface and add the salt, the lemon zest and the freshly ground Sichuan pepper.
  • Rub in the butter until you get a crumbly texture, almost like breadcrumbs
  • Beat the egg yolks in a bowl with the cold water.
  • Pour the egg yolks into the flour and mix until you get a smooth dough.
  • Wrap it in cling-film and set apart in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  • After one hour preheat oven to 180°C and line a 26 cm round tart tin with parchment paper.
  • Remove the pastry from the fridge and roll it out with the help of a rolling pin and some flour to dust the working surface and the pastry. Make a pastry sheet about 5 mm thick.
  • Press the pastry sheet into the tart tin, allowing the pastry to drape slightly over the edges, then trim any excess.
  • Cover the bottom of the cake with the cheese, cut into thin slices.
  • Clean the artichokes by removing the hard outer leaves, trim the top – cutting off the sharp points – and the hard part of the base. Brush lemon over artichokes in order to prevent them from blackening before being cooked, then slice them thinly. Arrange them in a radial pattern over the tart.
  • In a bowl, mix the breadcrumbs with salt, freshly ground Sichuan pepper and lemon zest, then sprinkle the mixture over the tart. Season with a generous deal of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and serve immediately. It is very good also warm or cold, served as appetizer.
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