Crusty cockle tart

Crusty cockle tart
A small puff pastry tart case filled with cockles in a cream and egg-yolk sauce ("a la poulette" in French).
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Last modified on: March 17th 2013

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Stage 1 - 2 hours
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Prepare the cockles and the cooking liquid left. This can be done well in advance, or the day before.

Stage 2 - 10 min.
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Preheat the oven to 220°C (430°F).

Roll out the pastry and line the tart moulds or tins. Fill with baking beans (or lentils) to prevent the pastry puffing up too much.

Stage 3 - 15 min.
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Bake the tart cases for around 15 minutes, watching for colouring.

Remove the baking beans and keep the cases hot in the residual oven heat (after turning off).

Stage 4 - 10 min.
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Pour 200 ml liquid cream into a pan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Add pepper but no salt.

Add around 5 tablespoonsful of the cockle cooking liquid and taste to check the seasoning. If necessary, add a little more of the cockle liquid.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
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Turn down the heat and add 2 egg yolks.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
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Beat to mix thoroughly and continue beating gently until the "à la poulette" (chick) sauce thickens.

Remove from the heat as soon as it is thick enough.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
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Tip in the cockles and stir round briefly to reheat them.

Heat the plates.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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Place a tart case on each plate and fill with a spoonful or two of cockles in sauce.

You can also pour the sauce over whatever you are serving on the side, such as the rice shown here.

Serve immediately.
Just before serving, you can add a few chopped chives to the sauce if you wish.

Tarts like this should be served immediately as the sauce will soon start to soften the pastry and make them less appealing.

And to drink?

A dry white wine, such as a "Gros-plant" from the Nantes region.
A few minutes once filled.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
862 Kcal or 3,609 Kj31 gr74 gr135 gr
43 %12 %7 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
60 Kcal or 251 Kj2 gr5 gr9 gr
3 %1 %<1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
216 Kcal or 904 Kj8 gr19 gr34 gr
11 %3 %2 %5 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk, Sulfites, Gluten, Egg
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 7.52 €
  • Per person : 1.88 €

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