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Annabel Karmel's Gruyere Cheese and Onion Tart recipe

The bestselling parenting author and family food expert shares this delicious recipe from her new cookbook, designed to keep everyone happy at mealtimes

Posted: 10 March 2014
by Alex Lloyd

Gruyere cheese and onion tart
This dish is perfect for a family picnic or party. (Photography by Martin Poole)
Annabel's Family Cookbook
Annabel's Family Cookbook (£20, Ebury Press) is packed with easy but delicious family meals.


For the pastry:

225g plain flour

125g butter, cubed

1 egg, beaten

1 tbsp water

30g parmesan

For the filling:

500g onions, thinly sliced

A knob of butter

1 tbsp olive oil

4 large eggs

300ml double cream

150ml milk

200g gruyere, grated

30g parmesan, grated


1 Line a 9.5-10 inch deep round loose bottom tart tin.

2 To make the pastry, put the flour, butter and cheese into a food processor. Whizz until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the egg and water and whiz until the mixture forms a ball.

3 Roll out on a lightly floured work surface and line the base and sides of the flan tin with the pastry. Set aside to chill in the fridge for 30-35 minutes. Prick the base and line with baking beans.

4 Pre-heat the oven to 220C / 200C Fan / Gas mark 7. Blind bake the pastry for 10 minutes. Remove the beans and bake for another 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Place on a baking sheet.

5 To make the filling. Melt the butter and oil in a frying pan. Add the onions and fry over a medium to high heat for 5 minutes. Cover with a lid and gently simmer for 20 minutes until soft and golden brown. Spread onto the base of the tart.

6 Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add the cream and milk and season. Add the gruyere cheese, then pour into the case. Sprinkle with the parmesan.

7 Reduce the oven to 180C / 160C Fan / Gas mark 4. Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly golden on top and set in the middle.

Annabel’s Family Cookbook (£20, Ebury Press) is filled with cooking inspiration for the whole family and available to buy from 13 March. Visit

Don't miss... our Q&A with Annabel and her recipe for roasted chicken with sweet peppers

Have you seen... Annabel Karmel's delicious lunchbox suggestions

Did you know... the New Complete Baby & Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel was highly Commended in the Junior Design Awards 2012?

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