Mini Tenderstem, Pumpkin & Pine Nut Tartlets

These tartlets are easy to put together but look really impressive, making them ideal for entertaining with friends.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes


500g pumpkin (or butternut squash) peeled, deseeded & cut into 1cm thick slices
1 red onion, sliced
2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tbsp olive oil
200g Tenderstem, cut into 4cm lengths
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 x 375g pack puff pastry
2 tbsp pine nuts
4 tbsp creme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper & sea salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas 6.

2. Put the pumpkin, red onion and thyme in a roasting tin and pour over the olive oil. Toss to mix well and roast in the oven for 15 minutes. Then add the Tenderstem and garlic to the roasting tin, mix through and roast for a further 5 minutes.

3. Take a heavy bottomed baking sheet and line it with baking parchment. Roll out the pastry to form a flat sheet, and cut into 4cm squares. When the filling is spoon a small amount into the centre of each pastry square.

4. Sprinkle over the pine nuts, dot little blobs of creme fraiche over the surface and season with freshly ground black pepper and a little sea salt. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes or until the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve with a simple green salad.

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