Rustic and seasonal – this butternut squash tart is the perfect serving of creamy comfort
Pear and gorgonzola make a wonderful flavour pairing. The sour taste of the blue taste and the contrasting sweetness of the fresh fruit creates a wonderful combination – serve Michelin-starred chef Adam Byatt’s seasonal flatbread tart for a deliciously rustic dish.
For the topping:
• 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and finely sliced
• 3 pears, peeled and finely sliced
• 150g of Gorgonzola
• 1 tsp plain flour
• 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
• 100g of rocket
• 2 dashes of olive oil
1 To make the bread, add the flour to a large bowl with the sugar, salt and yeast. Using your hands, mix to incorporate the ingredients and warm up the flour a little.
2 Make a well in the flour and gradually add the water and a dash of olive oil, mixing as you go. Turn out onto a work surface and knead until a smooth dough forms.
3 Line a large bowl with cling film and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, for up to 2 hours.
4 Preheat the oven to 240°C/gas mark 9 (or as high as it will go).5 Turn the risen dough onto a floured work surface and knock back, kneading the dough for 5 minutes or so until all of the air has been kneaded out.
6 Roll the dough out into a 1cm thick circle – this may take some time.
7 Crumble small pieces of the cheese all around the outside of the dough, then fold in the edges so that you have a crust with the cheese inside.
8 Transfer to a large ovenproof frying pan (or a baking sheet) and arrange the butternut squash and pear on the base
9 Dust with flour, drizzle with a little olive oil and scatter the thyme over the tart.
10 Leave the pan near the oven for 20 minutes. The warmth from the oven preheating will provide enough heat to let the dough prove a little more.
11 Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until cooked through completely – the base should lift easily away from the middle of the pan.
12 Allow to cool slightly then drizzle the rocket with olive oil and scatter over the top of the tart. Slice and serve immediately.
Recipe courtesy of Adam Byatt, originally published for Great British Chefs. See here for more.