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Bacon and Egg Bread Tarts (Recipe)

Egg and Bacon Tarts
Egg and Bacon Tarts

So Sainsbury's contacts me. 

They say, "Next month is Organic September - a month long promotion of organic food by the Soil Association - and to celebrate this, we'd love to send you a box of our seasonal goods from our SO Organic range for you to come up with some recipes".

I think, "Meh, I do like a cookery challenge. All right then". 

The allotted time and date arrives. There's a knock at the door, and a cheerful driver says, "Here's the delivery for Miss Bunty Fairweather*". 

I think, "Eh?" and say, "Um, I am expecting a delivery, but my name's MiMi, not Bunty". He looks perplexed and shrugs. 

I say, "Are they all organic products?" and he says, "Yes", and hands the goods over since the address is right and he doesn't really give a monkey's what my name is. 

I put the bag on the kitchen table and empty its contents excitedly. So. There's milk, butter, bread, cheese, eggs, bacon, sausages, mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, strawberries, and, erm, hummus. 

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Miss Bunty's Shopping

There are two things of particular note here: 
  1. The strawberries have a fine layer of green fur all over them (in the compost they go).
  2. Each slice of wholemeal bread is the same size as the palm of my hand. My hands are small.
I get in touch with Sainsbury's and say, "I think there's been some mistake - I appear to have the household shop of a Miss Bunty Fairweather". 

"Oh no, that's right. Bunty is just the person who ordered the food for you. Can't wait to see your recipes!"

I see.

I lie down on the floor and mutter obscenities to myself, as all I can think of is making an enormous fry-up.

About an hour later, I'm hit with some kind of inspiration (or it might be desperation, or maybe pins and needles) and limp into the kitchen on a mission. Here's the result.

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Bacon and Egg Bread Tarts
Serves 6

  • 12 cup muffin tin
  • Rolling pin
  • Pastry brush
(ironic, isn't it, that I own all these items despite professing to hate baking?)

  • 12 slices of bread (wholemeal is fine, though white is nicer)
  • 100g melted butter
  • 200g cheese, grated
  • 6 eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped into small bits

Whisk the eggs with the milk and season. Cut the crusts off the bread and then roll out the slices as thinly as you can (whilst wishing they weren't the size of a gnat's tea-towel) and then brush one side with the melted butter.

With the buttered side on the outside, curve each slice round into a bowl shape and place in the muffin tin so they look like tart cases. Now brush the insides of each tart with the melted butter. 

Preheat the oven to 180C and then bake the tarts for 10 minutes. Remove and leave them to cool.

When the tarts are cool (they should crisp up), pour the egg mix evenly into each one. Sprinkle the cheese into each tart and then top with the bacon bits. Preheat the oven to 200C and then bake the egg and bacon tarts for 15 minutes - till the egg mix puffs up and the surface browns slightly.

Eat the bacon and egg tarts hot or cold. Vow never to reply to a PR email again.

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My niece said the bread tarts were better than quiche. So that's you told then.

By the way, if you're wondering, the SO Organics bacon is really good - no white muck comes out when it fries, it holds its size and shape, and it tastes much better than most I've tried. The rest of the stuff they sent me was much of a muchness - plus it seemed to go off right before my eyes ...

*not her actual name


Unknown said…
that's SOOOOO funny because I got EXACTLY the same order as you (to Bunty too) and I did go for a fry up... not very inventive but bloody tasty!! my post is here: I got raspberries instead of strawbs but they weren't green, thank god!
The Shed said…
At least everything was gutted and headless...

PDH said…

I Like!
meemalee said…
@belleau kitchen - Ooh, raspberries!

@The Shed - I had more fun with the cock though.

@Paul Hart - Yeah! KWISH!
Jeanne said…
I did wonder about the Bunty Fairweather bit... ;o) And yup, some stuff I have bought at Sainsbury's has been off practically by the time my car pulled into my driveway! Sigh.
hahaha, I'm so glad I'm not a recipe blogger! I would have thrown the eggs at your lovely sponsor.
meemalee said…
@Jeanne - Seriously, does organic mean must be eaten with 6 hours? - Hang on, I've seen recipes on your blog ;)
Susan said…
I was given a similar offer by a company that specializes entirely (and I mean entirely) in American junk food. I turned them down (what the hell would I make?) but now I'm thinking you would have done such an offer justice.
The Grubworm said…
Ha! Ahahahaha haha ha. Snort. At least the bacon, eggs and bread were seasonal, because y'know, you wouldn't want anyone to make bread with flour ground out-of-season. T'would be terrible.

Good job on creating something different, I would have ended up doing some sort of breakkie as well. Once I had finished staring at the box in disbelief that is.
Su-Lin said…
Darn... was really hoping there was a person out there called Bunty Fairweather.
Anonymous said…
I did I similar thing for FoodCycle when I was meant come up with a Valentine's dinner made from forgotten food - kitchen scraps and store-cupboard ingredients type thing. Except I spent ages faffing around trying my make mine into little heart shapes because Valentines Day, and I'm silly like that:

Also, one of the reasons amongst many I stopped getting a Sainsbury's shop delivered was because the expiration dates were often within a day or so of the delivery, or even on the same day! And I got sick of cracked eggs and other such nonsense.
meemalee said…
@Susan - Junk food? Awesome :)

@The Grubworm - Fry-ups rock, but it's not the normal topic for a recipe post. Mind you, I did a bacon sandwich once, but that was more about reviewing the products.

@Su-Lin - She's on Flickr! (weird, because it definitely came out of my brain)

@howtomakeamess - Aww, your heart tarts are so beautiful!
Alicia Foodycat said…
Bunty is an excellent name though. If you ever need a nom de guerre, Bunty Fairweather is for you, I think.
Hollow Legs said…
oh dear sainsburys, slight fail there. Still, very inventive!
I like the result very much. What happened to the other ingredients?