Foodie Friday:  This Brie and Asparagus Tart with Parmesan Pastry is perfect for entertaining.  Smooth and tasty Brie combined with the sharp and bitey Parmesan crust creates a delicious cheesy delight.

Prep: 1 hr 5 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Serves: 8


  •  350g ripe Brie, roughly chopped
  •  150g fresh ricotta
  •  300ml thickened cream
  •  2 eggs, plus 5 extra yolks
  •  3 bunches thin asparagus spears, woody ends trimmed
  •  Green salad, to serve




  •  1 2/3 cups (250g) plain flour
  •  2/3 cup (50g) grated parmesan
  •  125g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
  •  1 egg



  1.  For the parmesan pastry, place flour, parmesan, and butter in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add egg and pulse until the pastry comes together in a   ball, adding 1-2 tablespoons chilled water as needed. Flatten into a disc, enclose in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.
  2.  Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a 28cm x 20cm loose-bottomed tart pan.
  1.  On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a 35cm x 25cm rectangle. Press into the prepared tart pan and chill for a further 15 minutes. Line with baking paper and pastry weights or   uncooked rice, then blind-bake for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and weights, then bake for a further 10 minutes or until golden and dry.
  2.  Meanwhile, whiz the Brie, ricotta, cream, eggs and extra yolks in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste, then pour into the pastry case and lay the asparagus spears on top.
  3.  Bake for 25-30 minutes until the filling is set and the top is golden. Serve warm or at room temperature with a green salad.