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Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

By Teresa Ulyate @couscousblog

Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

Excerpt from
"Paddington thought for a moment. 'I think I'll start in the kitchen,' he said. 'I may make some pastry. Bears like pastry.' "
Paddington and the Busy Day - Michael Bond

I cannot make anything pastry related without thinking of good old Paddington Bear. At the age of one my daughter decided he was the best thing ever - so much so that he was the theme for her second birthday party. (You may remember these marmalade sandwich cookies from a while back.) Her younger brother, now almost two, has followed suit, and we would not dream of tucking him in at night without at least one Paddington adventure to send him off to sleep.

Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

Since I do not have any pastry loving Peruvian bears at home to make it for me, I tend to keep a pack of puff pastry in the freezer. Open tarts make an easy and delicious supper option for week days. I usually make something along the lines of a pesto, chicken and mushroom type of combo but also like to try new flavours every now and then. This veggie version is adapted from an Ottolenghi recipe for sweet potato galettes. I added some butternut cubes and a delicious thyme oil for extra flavour.

Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

If you wanted to make this ahead of time you could prepare the thyme oil and roast the veggies, but be sure to assemble and bake the tarts just before serving. Serve as a starter or alongside a crunchy salad for lunch. To be honest, they also make a great supper!



Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

Step 1.) Preheat your oven to 200 ° C. Roll out your puff pastry and cut out four 14cm circles. Place the pastry rounds on a greased tray and pop in the fridge.

Step 2.) Arrange the whole Step 4.) Arrange the pastry circles on a greased tray, allowing some room for spreading. Beat the sweet potatoes and butternut chunks (in a single layer) on a greased baking tray. Roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel the potatoes and cut into 5mm slices. Cut the butternut chunks into smaller cubes.
Step 3.) Combine the olive oil, garlic, thyme and some salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside.
egg and brush lightly over the pastry. Spoon a layer of sour cream onto each round, leaving a 1/2 cm border. Don't worry if its not perfectly even.

Step 5.) Arrange a layer of sweet potato slices over the sour cream. Scatter the butternut cubes over the top.

Step 6.) Use your hands to break the chevin up into small chunks and dot them over the tarts. Lastly, gently brush the tarts with some of the thyme oil. Reserve a little of the oil for when they come out of the oven.

Step 7.) Bake the tarts for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is golden and has risen. Brush them with the remaining thyme oil and serve immediately.

Sweet Potato, Butternut & Chevin Tarts

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