Adding rolled oats to shortcrust pastry not only makes it more nutritious, it also gives it more texture. The little pastry cases have a delectable tart-sweet filling of cranberry sauce, goat's cheese and a yogurt custard. They make a fine lunch dish. Serve with a crisp mixed leaf salad.
For ricotta and watercress tartlets, spread 1½ tsp red pesto sauce in the bottom of each baked pastry case. Divide 100 g (3½ oz) chopped watercress and 6 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, well drained, among the cases. For the custard, beat the eggs with the milk and 115 g (4 oz) ricotta cheese. Pour into the pastry cases, then bake as in the main recipe.
Whether a cheese is made from goat's milk, cow's milk or another milk, it provides protein, calcium and phosphorus as well as several B vitamins. * Cranberries are not only a rich source of vitamin C, they also contain a natural antibiotic which helps to control some urinary tract infections, mostly notably cystitis. * Rolled oats are made from the whole oat grain with only the husk removed before they are rolled flat. The nutritional value of the whole grain is therefore retained.
A, B12, calcium * B1, B2, E, folate, niacin, copper, zinc