Enjoy the flavours of spring with this deliciously creamy and filling tart - perfect for picnics in the park with friends. If you're planning to transport this dish for a bring-a-plate meal, check out our notes for pack and travel tips.
- 2 sheets frozen shortcrust pastry, partially thawed
- 1 bunch asparagus, trimmed
- 3/4 cup thickened cream
- 300g fresh ricotta
- 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, finely chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
- 1/4 cup fresh dill, roughly chopped, plus extra sprigs to serve
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup frozen broad beans
- Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan-forced. Line a 2.5cm-deep, 11cm x 34cm loose-based rectangular fluted tart pan with pastry. Trim edges. Place on a baking tray. Line pastry with baking paper. Fill with pastry weights or uncooked rice.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove weights or rice and paper. Bake for a further 5 minutes or until pastry is golden. Cool in pan. Transfer pastry case to a serving platter.
- Meanwhile, heat a chargrill pan over high heat. Cook asparagus, turning, for 2 to 3 minutes or until just tender and lightly charred. Transfer to a plate. Set aside to cool. Thinly slice diagonally.
- Whisk cream in a bowl until just-soft peaks form. Add ricotta, parsley, basil and dill. Fold to combine. Season. Dollop cream mixture into pastry case.
- Place zest, juice and oil in a screw-top jar. Secure lid. Shake to combine.
- Place broad beans in a pan of salted boiling water. Cook for 1 minute. Drain. Refresh under cold water. Drain. Peel.
- To serve, top tart with asparagus and broad beans. Drizzle with lemon dressing. Sprinkle with extra basil and dill.