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Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart

A delicious summer tart with Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart

Summer is definitely here, it’s time to bring out the salads and to eat al fresco.  This Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart is a delicious combination of smoked salmon, soured cream egg custard, and fresh asparagus spears. It’s ideal for summer lunches and picnics and would easily grace a summer buffet at a wedding or other occasion. 

Ingredients for Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart

It’s a fairly straightforward make, I made shortcrust pastry and baked it blind, but you could buy the pastry or even a ready made pastry case if you are not confident about pastry making or simply don’t have the time. 

Place the smoked salmon in the base of the blind baked tart

My preference would always be for Scottish smoked salmon, of course, but really any good quality smoked salmon with give that delicious smoky, salty taste that makes this tart so moreish. 

 

Top the smoked salmon with trimmed asparagus spears

Asparagus spears seem to be less expensive this year, supermarkets are stacking them high and selling them cheap, I just hope that doesn’t mean the farmers are struggling to make their profit margins and also that it doesn’t affect the quality.  These spears certainly seemed very fresh and the woody bottom of the stem broke off with a satisfactory snap!  

Pour the custard mixture into the pastry case

I used soured cream and a little milk with the eggs to make the custard that brings all these ingredients together into a tasty Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart.

Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart
Serves 6
A crisp pastry shell filled with smoked salmon, a soured cream custard and fresh green asparagus, ideal for summer eating.
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
1 hr 10 min
Total Time
1 hr 50 min
For the pastry case
  1. 225 g plain (all purpose) flour
  2. 110 g butter, diced
  3. 40 g lard or vegetable baking fat, diced
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 1 whole egg, beaten
For the filling
  1. 200g Scottish smoked salmon
  2. 250g asparagus
  3. 1 whole egg
  4. 2 egg yolks
  5. 200 ml soured cream
  6. 50 ml milk
  7. ground black pepper
To make the pastry
  1. Sift the flour into a bowl
  2. Rub the fats into the flour with your fingertips until they resemble breadcrumbs, or whizz it up in your food processor.
  3. Add the salt and the beaten egg and mix to a dough, adding a little cold water if necessary. Try not to handle the dough too much as this makes it tough.
  4. Wrap the pastry in clingfilm and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
  5. Roll out on a lightly floured work surface and use to line a 28 cm/11 inch loose-bottomed flan tin.
  6. Cover the pastry with greaseproof paper or foil and fill with baking beans or any raw dried beans.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C/350F/gas mark 4 for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the beans and paper and return the pastry case to the oven for 5-10 minutes until lightly coloured.
  9. Leave to cool .
For the Filling
  1. Preheat the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas mark 3
  2. Lay the smoked salmon in the base of the pastry case.
  3. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus, simply bend the spear and it will snap off at the right place, lay the asparagus spears across the tart, alternating the direction of the heads.
  4. Beat the whole egg and egg yolks and add the soured cream and milk and blend together, add a few grinds of black pepper, no salt is required as the smoked salmon is quite salty.
  5. Place the flan tin onto a baking tray and gently pour the egg and cream mixture into the flan.
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until set.
Notes
  1. Serve with salad or new potatoes and roasted cherry tomatoes.
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This delicious Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart is perfect for summer picnics and summer celebrations

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Here are some other ideas for savoury tarts and quiche for summer eating from top UK bloggers: 

Sunny Picnic Quiches – Fab Food 4 All 

Pete’s Courgette, Blue Cheese, and Cherry Tomato Quiche – Kavey Eats

Creamy Courgette Puff Pastry Tart – Family, Friends, Food

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A slice of Smoked Salmon and Asparagus Tart

 

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    Kavey Favelle
    May 29, 2017

    Ooh I love the look of this, two favourite ingredients in a quiche, another favourite! Yes please!

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      Janice Pattie
      May 29, 2017

      Thanks, Kavey, they are certainly some of my favorites too.

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    Rachel Cameron
    May 29, 2017

    Looks delicious, will be having a go!

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      Janice Pattie
      May 29, 2017

      Thanks Rachel, I’m sure you’ll love it as much as we did.

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    Dannii
    May 30, 2017

    Smoked salmon and asparagus is such a delicious combo, and we often have it for breakfast. But I love the look of this tart.

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      Janice Pattie
      May 30, 2017

      Thanks Dannii, I guess you could eat this Tart for breakfast too! I’ve had quiche for breakfast in the USA, it makes sense when you think about it.

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      Janice Pattie
      May 30, 2017

      Goodness, that is expensive. Hope it was super delicious 😋

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      Janice Pattie
      May 31, 2017

      Aw thanks, Jan. It was really good, but with those ingredients, you can’t really go wrong!

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      Janice Pattie
      May 31, 2017

      Thanks Michelle, glad you liked it.

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    Glamorous Glutton
    June 7, 2017

    We live very close to an asparagus farm so this would be perfect, Mr Glam does love a tart!! I agree about the worry when supermarkets sell the produce cheaply which is why, if I can I like to buy from producers. GG
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      Janice Pattie
      June 7, 2017

      Oh lucky you living close to an asparagus farm. Better be quick, the season is nearly over!

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      Janice Pattie
      June 11, 2017

      Thanks Emma, it’s a simple thing, but those ingredients make it special.

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