Leek and asparagus galette

Spear carrier: Celebrate asparagus season with this simple tart.
Spear carrier: Celebrate asparagus season with this simple tart. Photo: Marcel Aucar
Dietary
Vegetarian

A galette is a rustic tart that doesn't use a mould or form to keep the pastry in shape. Once you make the pastry, it's easy to put the galette together and in the oven. The leek and asparagus filling is surprisingly flavoursome for just two ingredients. I find less is more with this recipe but you can add more cheese by crumbling some salty feta over the asparagus before baking it.

Ingredients

100g rye flour

100g plain flour

3 tbsp almond meal

1 tsp sugar

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp grated nutmeg

135g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

1 tsp white wine vinegar

5-6 tbsp ice-cold water

2 leeks

300g asparagus

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp butter

1 egg, lightly beaten

2 tbsp parmesan, grated or micro-planed

Method

For the pastry, place the flours, almond meal, sugar, salt and nutmeg in a food processor and process until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the vinegar and half the water and continue to process until a dough forms – add more water if needed. Form the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour.

Unwrap the dough, place on a floured surface and roll into roughly a 20x20-centimetre square. Don't worry if it's a bit crumbly, it will come together with the rolling. Fold the dough into thirds, roll out to a square again, then fold into thirds again. Repeat the process, then wrap the dough in plastic wrap and return to the fridge for at least one hour, preferably overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat oven to 180C.

For the filling, cut the leeks in half lengthways and wash any dirt from them. Cut or snap the bottom few centimetres off each asparagus spear and slice the stalks into small rounds, leaving a 3-cm tip. In a medium pan, heat the oil and butter over a low heat and cook leeks gently until soft and pale. Reserving the tips, add the asparagus rounds and cook briefly, about 2 minutes - they will keep cooking when the galette is baked.

Roll out the pastry to a rough 30-cm circle. Pour the filling into the centre and spread out, leaving a 5-centimetre gap around the edge. Lie the asparagus tips randomly over the filling. Fold the pastry over the filling, working your way around and crimping as you go. Brush the pastry with the beaten egg and bake for about 40 minutes or until it is crispy and golden.

Remove from the oven, place on a cooling rack, let cool slightly before eating and sprinkle with parmesan before serving.