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A quiche in tart’s clothing. Tasty Spinach and Cornish Yarg Tart recipe

spinach and yarg tart“I do hope this quiche is tasty,” I carelesly remarked as we sat down for lunch.
Danny was just about to sample my concoction and paused fork in air.
“You said it was a tart.”
“Well, yes. It is a tart.” I had slipped up. Danny won’t eat quiche, but he’ll wolf down tart.
“Isn’t a quiche supposed to be bland?”
“Of course not. People wouldn’t eat them if they were bland.”
“Well most men don’t eat them. This is definitely a tart.” He cut himself another slice.

Tasty spinach and Cornish Yarg tart recipe


  • 500g of shortcrust pastry
  • 100g of elderly Cornish Yarg cheese with rind (cut into thin slices)
  • 50g of parmesan cheese (finely grated)
  • 3 large eggs (beaten)
  • 200ml of single cream
  • 375g of fresh spinach


Set the oven temperature to 200c (180c fan)

  1. Roll out the pastry and line an 8″ quiche dish (retain the pastry offcuts to make melt in the mouth cheesy biscuits – recipe in 2 days time).
  2. Prick the base several times with a fork. Brush the surface with some of the beaten egg mixture and allow the egg mixture to dry until it is just tacky this will avoid a soggy bottomed quiche. This takes at least 15 mins.
  3. Meanwhile wash and shake the spinach. Place in a large saucepan over a low to medium heat, toss in the spinach with no extra water. Wait 4-5 minutes until the spinach softens and wilts. Drain very well, pressing down the spinach to remove all water.
  4. Take half the grated parmesan and scatter of the base of the quiche. Chop the spinach roughly and spread over the layer of parmesan. Arrange the slices of Cornish Yarg over the spinach. Mix the cream and beaten eggs together and pour over the spinach and cheese. Scatter the surface with the remaining parmesan and bake in the centre of the oven for 25-30 mins (it is ready when the quiche has risen and the surface is golden brown. Let the tart rest for a good ten minutes before you dive in.

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  1. Fiona Nevile

    Quiche? We wouldn’t feel comfortable with one in the cottage.

  2. Amanda

    Oh it would have to be tart, we don’t eat quiche either.. hehehe…

  3. Fiona Nevile

    Hi Joanna, The Oxford Companion to Food seems to be a great reference book. We haven’t got it at the cottage but it’s on our list. Thanks so much for passing on the information, fascinating. We were trying to work out when quiche appeared on our horizons. Neither of our mothers made it. We reckon that it crept onto the U.K. scene about 30 years ago.

    D ate the tart again for lunch today and asked me to make it again…

    Hi Amanda, Danny loves travelling the world with you and your family. When are you going to feature quiche?

    Hi Ash, It’s been nine years since I ventured down the tarty quiche route. Now it’s with all guns blazing. It’s great fun.

  4. Sounds like a very tarty quiche indeed! I haven’t made quiche … err… tart for a long time!

  5. Amanda

    Can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Sounds very tasty to me..

  6. Joanna

    What is it with men and quiche! Then I got to wondering what the difference is, so looked it up in the Oxford Companion to Food … I won’t bore you with all the details, but a quiche is a kind of tart. A tart has pastry at the bottom and is open. It can have all sorts of fillings. On the other hand, a quiche was, in the beginning, something for Friday observance, so no fish or meat (including a quiche Lorraine, which shouldn’t have bacon in it) .. and maybe that is why men think it’s wimpish to eat quiche (although where that leaves vegetarian men, I can’t quite think!)


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