Red Onion and Goat’s Cheese tarts

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This has got to be one of my favorite starters, and as it is made up of separate parts, it can be made up as canapés or as a huge tart for a casual supper or lunch.

The recipe below is for small individual tarts.


  • 2 heavy based baking trays
  • Roll of baking parchment
  • A rolling pin (but not if you use ready-rolled  😉 )
  • A pastry brush


  • A packet of ready-made/ready rolled puff pastry.
  • Flour, for rolling out the pastry, if it’s not ready-rolled.
  • A jar of red onion marmalade (your own,  or a jar of decent quality ready-made)
  • About 250g of goat’s cheese. It doesn’t really matter what kind you pick, as it can be sliced or crumbled over the tarts. I like the ones with a rind, but that’s just me..
  • a tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten


  • Heat oven to 190 degrees
  • Line each baking tray with baking parchment.
  • Roll out the pastry to about 1/2 a cm thickness, or just unroll it from the packet if you’re being really easy on yourself -(keep it on its wrapping paper).
  • Using a sharp knife, cut the pastry into   4” squares, you could also use circular pastry cutters.
  • Outline a 1 inch border around the edge of each square, using the knife to make a criss-cross design on the border
  • Place a large spoonful of onion marmalade  into the centre of the pastry, making sure that it doesn’t overlap the border.
  • Put a slice of goats cheese, or a generous crumble of it, on top of the onions, and sprinkle on the thyme leaves
  • Brush the beaten egg over the pastry borders
  • Cook at 190 for 10-15 mins until the pastry is risen, and the cheese is bubbling
  • Serve warm with a green leaf salad


  •  For parties and at Christmas I tend to make really small (about 2” across) individual pastry cases with my own short crust pastry. These little pastry cases keep really well in an airtight container in a cool place, ready to be made up at the drop of a hat.

Red onion and goats cheese tarts

  • The short-crust pastry recipe is on this site..
  • To make up larger tarts, I just divide a ready rolled piece of Puff pastry into two pieces and leave a wider border for each tart. I think it looks better, and it means that everyone gets a decent piece of crunchy pastry in each slice. The cooking time is longer for this – give it about 25 mins, and have a look after about 20 minutes.
  • Check out my new favourite way to make these tarts – My Goat’s Cheese and Red Onion Marmalade Roll-ups –

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