Caramelised Leek & Fennel Tart

by Zarina
Caramelised Leek & Fennel Tart

Caramelised Leek & Fennel Tart

A man after my own tart.. ha.. my man loved my tart today.. he said it was ‘divine’. 😊 Defo is not the healthiest of dishes but a great one for when you want to impress.

A confession. It’s the first time I’ve made it, and I was beyond pleased with the result.
The flavours of the leek and fennel balanced so perfectly with the cheese and rosemary, creating the richest, creamy, savoury tart.

Caramelised Leek & Fennel Tart

Caramelised Leek & Fennel Tart

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 100g butter
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 leeks chopped fine
  • 5 tbsp flour
  • 500ml milk
  • 2 handfuls of grated cheese (I used a mix of pecorino, parmesan, and cheddar)
  • A squeeze of Jalapeño Mustard (or any mustard)
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 roll of shortcrust pastry
  • 1 egg beaten egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 fennel sliced whole-way down thinly
  • 1 leek sliced lengthways
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Salt & Pepper


1. preheat oven to 180°C
2. Make a cheese sauce first by melting butter, add leeks and garlic until translucent. Add flour to form a paste. Add milk slowly and whisk the mixture till smooth so it can coat the back of a spoon. Add cheese, mustard, nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste. Whisk until all combined, let cool.
3. Add Fennel and Leek on a single layer to the oven tray, season, and brush with olive oil, Roast in the oven until slightly charred, cool.
4. Roll out the pastry into a rectangle. Pinch corners up, so the pastry has sides that come up around 1cm. Prick with a fork, brush the border with egg yolk and bake for 10-15 minutes until partially cooked.
5. Add cheese mixture pastry, top with leeks, fennel & rosemary sprigs
6. Bake in the oven until pastry is cooked. If the top is burning, cover the middle section with foil or parchment paper, continue to bake until the pastry is cooked.
7. Cool slightly before eating warm

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