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Welsh rarebit, leek and thyme tart recipe

Welsh rarebit, leek and thyme tart recipe

43 ratings

Inspired by classic Welsh rarebit, this gloriously cheesy tart is brimming with flavour thanks to strong Cheddar, mustard, leek and Worcestershire sauce. Serve with a crisp green salad for an alternative Sunday lunch. See method

  • Serves 8
  • 15 mins to prepare and 50 mins to cook
  • 476 calories / serving


  • 440g shortcrust pastry
  • 20g unsalted butter
  • 3 large leeks, sliced
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 175ml double cream
  • 100g strong Cheddar, grated
  • 2 tsp wholegrain mustard
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme, picked
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
If you don't have any leeks, try using spring or white onions instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    38g 55%
  • Saturates

    18g 92%
  • Sugars

    3g 3%
  • Salt

    0.9g 14%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.3g Protein 10.5g Fibre 1.9g


  1. Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Line a 20cm fluted tart case with the pastry and chill for 10 mins. Place a layer of baking paper in your pastry case, making sure to cover the sides. Weigh down the paper with baking beans and cook in the oven for 15 mins. Remove and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium frying pan on a medium heat. Add the leeks to the pan and cook gently for 10 mins or until beginning to soften. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, double cream and 70g of the cheese. Season to taste.
  4. Lower the oven to gas 3, 160°C, fan 140°C. In a separate bowl, mix together the remaining cheese, ½ tsp of mustard and the Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Spread the remaining mustard on to the bottom of your pastry case. Pour in the leeks and top with the cheese mixture. Sprinkle over the thyme. Cook for 35-40 mins on the bottom shelf of the oven, until the filling has just set. Your tart should have a slight wobble when lightly shaken. Allow to cool down for 10 mins before serving.

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As part of a healthy balanced diet, we recommend this recipe for a special occasion or treat.

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