December 16, 2015

Mini Spinach and Cottage Cheese Tarts | Easy Party Ideas

These Mini Spinach tarts (aka tartlets) were made for a kiddies party and we all liked them very much., I generally detest using APF and butter and cheese, but feeding a crowd of enthu kids was a breeze and a pleasure too :)

And these buttery cheesy mini tarts with a hint of garlic and paneer and spinach : what can I say ? Super happy kids !!

Although my elder one has been asking me to make it again, I have been putting it off. Maybe for the forthcoming Xmas - New year party that we hope to host  / participate in, will make these again. 

Pardon me for the pictures as they were taken just before they were served. Promise to update the post when I make this again. However, the step by step process is quite comprehensive !

Meanwhile join me as they make way for Day 7 of the Bakeathon. If you have missed any posts all this December on this baking fest, check out older posts here.

Prep time : 20 mins, Standing time : 15- 20 mins , Bake time : 12-15 mins , 
Makes : 8-10 Mini Tarts (Medium sized)

Course : Snack, Cuisine : French.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • Maida / All Purpose Flour - 1 cup + 2 TBSP
  • Cold Butter - 65 gms (I used about 5-10 gms lesser)
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp scant
  • Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  • Cold thick Buttermilk - 1/2 cup (or as required)

Filling:

  • Olive Oil - 2 tsp
  • Chopped Spinach - 1/2 cup
  • Onions - 1 medium (finely chopped) - optional
  • Crumbled Paneer / Cottage Cheese - 1/2 cup
  • Grated Cheese - 1/4 cup + 2 tsp for topping
  • Salt - as reqd (please note cheese is salted too)
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp (crushed)
  • Finely chopped Garlic - 1 tbsp
  • Red chilli flakes - 1/4 tsp (adjust to taste)


Method:

Lets make the crust first : 

  1. Sieve APF, salt and baking powder twice over. 
  2. Add in the cold butter and with a fork or a pastry cutter incorporate it into the flour till they are the size of peas. 
  3. Now add buttermilk  little by little and mix gently with your fingertips till you are able to make a slightly soft but pliable dough. 
  4. Clingwrap and freeze for 15-20 mins while you make the filling.


For the Filling : 

  1. Heat Olive oil in a pan, splutter the garlic and saute till browned, add onions and saute well. Add the spinach and let it sweat a bit. 
  2. Sprinkle little salt, and add the crumbled paneer (cottage Cheese). Adjust seasoning with red chilli flakes and black pepper. 
  3. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

To prepare & Bake the Tarts :

  1. Preheat the oven.
  2. Roll the refrigerated dough on a slightly floured surface, cut into desired shape (I had Mini Tart Pans, so cut it to that size), gently lift the cut out portion and lay it on the tart mould.
  3. Make small pricks on the surface with a fork or a sharp pointed knife.
  4. Cover with pieces of parchment paper, and blind bake it with some beans in a preheated oven at 165C for 8-10 mins
  5. Now gently brush it with some oil (optional), and spoon in the filling till 2/3 of the baked tart. Top with Cheese , any other seasoning and bake further for 6-7 mins till cheese has melted
  6. Cool on wire rack, gently un-mould and serve warm.


This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2015 


 




10 comments:

  1. Spinach and cheese is a classic combo.Tarts looks delicious.

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  2. Spinach and cheese combo,I am drooling. Cute looking tarts.

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  3. Spinach and cheese combo,I am drooling. Cute looking tarts.

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  4. Ultimate tarts, the addition of spinach makes this tart more pleasing and healthy.

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  5. Delectable tarts!! Want some now

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  6. delicious looking tarts and with my fave veg...mmmmm

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  7. Those tarts look awesome Kalyani. Savory spinach and cheese filling sounds delicious.

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  8. Tartlet looks just great and am sure it is / was a party pleasure.

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  9. Those tarts look so inviting!

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Kalyani

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