Country Manor Breakfast Tart
I couldn't believe all the heavenly tastes and textures in this dish when I first tried it. It takes a bit of work but definitely worth the effort!
- Serves: 2 persons
- 4cups all-purpose flour
- 1tablespoon white sugar
- 1teaspoon baking powder
- 2teaspoons salt
- 1¾ cups shortening
- ½cup cold water
- 1tablespoon vinegar
- 8slices bacon
- 1tablespoon butter
- ½cup chopped onion
- ⅓cup finely diced smoked ham
- 3cups heavy cream
- 8eggs, beaten
- ¼teaspoon salt
- ½teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼teaspoon nutmeg
- 3tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
- 1tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
- 1(3 ounce) package cream cheese, diced
- ½cup shredded Cheddar cheese
- ½cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 1bunch green onions, chopped
- ⅓cup sliced almonds
Step 1Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water, egg, and vinegar. Mix together but do not work too much. Divide pastry into two pieces, cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Step 2Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Form each piece into a round and roll out crust on lightly floured surface. Carefully fit into two 10 inch tart pans.
Step 3Blind bake tart shells in preheated oven until golden brown. Let cool.
Step 4Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Step 5Saute onion in butter until translucent. Divide ham, bacon and onion into two equal portions and sprinkle over the bottom of tart shells.
Step 6Whisk together cream and beaten eggs. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg, basil, and thyme, and stir well. Pour egg mixture over bacon mixture. Sprinkle cream cheese cubes and grated Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses over the top of each filled tart. Sprinkle green onions over cheese, followed by sliced almonds.
Step 7Bake in preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut and serve.