Balsamic mushroom tart with quick pastry

This mushroom tart recipe will be a favourite for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. Spiked with balsamic vinegar and soy sauce, this tart has a rich umami flavour that's simply irresistible

By Sophie Gray
  • 20 mins preparation
  • 35 mins cooking
  • Serves 4
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This recipe first appeared in Food magazine.
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Balsamic mushroom tart
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 400 gram mushrooms, sliced
  • pinch of dried thyme
  • pinch of dried oregano
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ground almonds
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • fresh parsley or thyme, to serve (optional)
Quick pastry
  • 80 gram butter, cold, cubed
  • 175 gram plain flour, plus extra, for rolling
  • dash of cold water


Balsamic mushroom tart
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 190°C and grease a baking tray.
  • 2
    Make the quick pastry (see below).
  • 3
    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan. Add garlic, onion and carrot, and cook until onion is soft. Add remaining oil then stir in the mushrooms and herbs; season. Cook until tender.
  • 4
    Stir in the flour, cook for 1-2 minutes, then gradually stir in stock. When simmering, mix in soy sauce and balsamic vinegar; cook, uncovered, for 5-8 minutes. When reduced, mix in almonds and cool.
  • 5
    On a floured bench, roll dough to a circle approximately 35cm across. Lift with rolling pin onto baking tray. Brush with egg, and spoon the cooled mushroom mixture into the middle, leaving a border of at least 3-4cm.
  • 6
    Fold the edges around the filling leaving the centre open. Brush crust with egg then bake for 25 minutes, or until golden. Serve warm or cold. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, if desired.
Quick pastry
  • 7
    In a bowl or processor, combine the butter and flour, pulsing or rubbing until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add just enough water to form a dough. Roll into a ball, wrap and rest in the fridge until needed.


  • Serves 4-6. - You can adjust the depth of the tart with a deeper border, or divide dough into 4 to make single serves. - Mushrooms can be sliced in a processor if you have one. The soy sauce adds a rich umami savoury depth to the flavour. PER SERVE Energy 327kcal, 1371kj • Protein 8.4g • Total Fat 15.9g • Saturated Fat 4.9g • Carbohydrate 32.9g • Fibre 5.4g • Sodium 669mg