Goats cheese, walnut and onion tarts

These were an idea from Mary Berry’s tv programme, and are absolutely delicious for a picnic! I loved them just like this, but chris doesn’t like onion so I’ve said ill try making them with a red pepper based filling… Will blog it when I’ve tried it! Made quite a few changes to suit the available pack sizes etc, but the original recipe is here.


About 400g red onions

2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp sugar (ideally some sort of brown sugar)


175g plain flour

100g butter

1 egg

50g walnuts



250g hard goats cheese (recipe suggested soft but couldn’t get enough of this… This way worked well)

2 eggs

Chop the onions

Fry on high heat for 2 mins. Careful not to burn them

Put run down and cook for 10 mins

Add the oil and vinegar and cook for up to 15 mins more, until you’re happy they’re caramelised


Pulse the flour, butter and seasoning in a food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs

Add the walnuts to chop them up

Beat the egg and add it with a little water and mix so a dough forms

You make these in Yorkshire pudding tins, which are shallow…. You need two tins to make 8. I just sprayed them with spray oil and pushed the pastry down into them. Then place the tray in the fridge for a bit to chill. 

Grate the goats cheese into a bowl

Add the 2 beaten eggs and mix with some seasoning and potentially some parsley

Prick the bases of the tarts with a fork

Add the onion mixture and top with the cheese mixture

Cook for 20 mins. Delicious hot or cold

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