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Oat and Onion Tarts


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Ingredients:

FOR THE PASTRY
  • 5 oz Oat flakes (rolled oats)*
  • 2 1/2 oz Whole meal flour
  • 2 1/2 oz Plain white flour
  • 2 1/2 oz Butter
  • 2 1/2 oz Lard
  • 2 1/2 tb Freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1 pn Salt
  • 1 pn Paprika
  • 1 pn Cayenne pepper
FOR THE FILLING
  • 1 lb Onions
  • Salt and pepper; to taste
  • 1 ds Each cayenne and paprika
  • 1/4 pt Sour cream
  • 2 1/2 oz Butter
  • 2 1/2 oz Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Whole egg + 1 egg yolk

Directions:

*Note: Medium oatmeal may be used instead of oat flakes if preferred.
 
Mix the oats, flours, cheese and the salt, paprika and cayenne. Cut then rub in the fat, bind with water and leave out to rest.
 
Peel, quarter and slice the onions wafer thin. Turn them in melted butter, cover and leave to sweat over very gentle heat for 20 minutes or so until meltingly tender, just stirring occasionally.
 
This pastry is rather difficult to handle so it is best to divide it in half and roll out in two batches. Keep the other half covered meanwhile. Use the pastry to line little mincepie tins (or individual 4 " fluted flan tins if you prefer). Don't worry too much if the pastry tears; patch it together by pressing it with your fingertips.
 
Bake on a pre-heated baking sheet at 400 F., allowing 12 minutes with greaseproof paper and beans, then 12 minutes without the lining.
 
When the onions are beautifully soft, remove the lid and cook over increased heat for several minutes until they are a rich golden brown. Season generously with salt and pepper, add dashes of cayenne and paprika and mix well. Then tip the contents of the pan into a sieve placed over a bowl to drain off the buttery juices and to cool the onions slightly.
 
When pastry cases are cooked, beat the eggs with the soured cream, add onions and check seasoning. Spoon the mixture into the tarts, sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake at 400 F. for 20-25 minutes, until the filling is deliciously puffed up and golden.
 
From WWiVNet. Electronic format by Cathy Harned.
 
From Gemini's MASSIVE MealMaster collection at www.synapse.com/~gemini