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Sunny Asparagus Tart

 Sunny Asparagus Tart
This tart looks as good as it tastes. The distinctive caraway crust and rich, custard-like filling dotted with tender slices of asparagus make it a dish you'll be proud to serve time after time. —Susan Kuklinski, Delafield, Wisconsin
6-8 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 55 min. + standing

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 tablespoons cold shortening
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons ice water
  • FILLING:
  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh asparagus
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 pound thinly sliced fully cooked ham, julienned
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • In a bowl, combine flour, caraway and salt; cut in butter and
  • shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle with
  • water, 1 tablespoon at a time; stir with a fork until dough forms a
  • ball.
  • On a floured surface, roll dough to fit a 10-in. tart pan. Place
  • dough in pan. Freeze for 10 minutes.

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Sunny Asparagus Tart (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Cut the asparagus into 2-1/2-in. pieces. Set tips aside; cut
  • remaining pieces in half. Cook all of the asparagus in a small
  • amount of water until crisp-tender, about 3-4 minutes; drain.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and egg yolk; gradually add cream
  • (mixture will be slightly lumpy). Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add
  • salt and pepper. Place ham and asparagus pieces (not tips) over
  • crust; pour half of the cream cheese mixture over the top. Bake at
  • 425° for 15 minutes.
  • Pour remaining cream cheese mixture over top. Arrange asparagus tips
  • over tart; sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or
  • until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand
  • for 15 minutes before cutting. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 392 calories, 29 g fat (16 g saturated fat), 186 mg cholesterol, 586 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 12 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.