You can’t go wrong with a puff pastry tart and when you fill them with eggs, bacon and onions – it’s like a treat for breakfast. It took less than 30 minutes to get these in the oven from the moment I stepped into the kitchen. That included thawing the puff pastry and sauteeing the bacon and chopped onion. I added a bit of cheese, some parsley and some seasoning and bingo, brekky was ready.
After the Gunnas writing class last weekend, John picked me up and he didn’t look all that great. He said he was tired and he sure looked it. We went back to our hotel in the center of Sydney and within 5 minutes he was asleep. I woke him up and off we went to meet Charlie from Hotly Spiced and Tania from My Kitchen Stories for dinner. It was terrific seeing them both and I’ll share the restaurant and photos with you soon, I promise.
I had the best time laughing with Charlie and Tania. John, on the other hand, was a dud. Yeah, he’s probably reading this and he knows he was a dud too. The restaurant was too loud and he couldn’t hear and he didn’t feel well and I could go on but it would be boring. It didn’t help that his steak was so tough he couldn’t cut it, much less chew it. John is almost always in a good mood but last weekend was not one of those times.
On Sunday morning we were headed out early to meet Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial, Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella and Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats for breakfast. After checking out of the hotel John asked, “Do you have my credit card?”
We looked EVERYWHERE for the credit card – no joy. He was really upset and angry with himself and while he wasn’t grumpy at breakfast, he wasn’t hungry either. I’ve wanted to meet Celia and Nagi for the longest time and I could have stayed all day with them all. Alas, we had a dog sitting at home waiting for us and he wasn’t eating. The cyclone had scared him and we weren’t there and well, he did things dogs aren’t supposed to do in the house.
With the tank full, at least my stomach was full, we headed north but before we left John asked me to call the hotel to see if they found his card. No luck. He pulled over and parked the car and went through everything in the suitcase while I sat in the front and went through his wallet. No card. He got back in the driver’s seat and said he was really sorry for all the drama and maybe he’d look through his wallet.
“I just went through everything piece by piece, it’s not there,” I said.
Then he showed me the credit card he’d been looking for. “It must have been stuck to another one,” he said with the biggest smile.
The rest of the trip was delightful and Charlie was SO glad to see us when we got home at about 11:30pm. John unpacked the car while I shampooed stinky carpets. We now have a brand new kennel/crate for Charlie until he learns to behave again. Gross!
These puff pastry breakfast tarts are so easy to make that a child could do it with no trouble at all. Not only that, they look outstanding on the plate – as if you were a fancy cook.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry
- 4 eggs
- ½ onion chopped
- 2 slices bacon, chopped
- ¼ cup cheese, (cheddar, mixture, gruyere anything you like or no cheese)
- salt and pepper
- 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
- Preheat oven to 200C/400F
- Cut thawed pastry into 4 squares using a pizza cutter or knife but if you use a knife, don't drag it through the pastry, straight cut down so the pastry will puff up properly.
- Place each square in the bottom of a cupcake tin. I used 4 corner positions and left the corners sticking out of the cup. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until needed.
- Saute bacon until nearly crispy and set aside.
- Saute onion in the bacon fat until translucent.
- Take the pastry from the refrigerator and place a bit of bacon, onion and cheese on the bottom and crack an egg on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and into the oven for 20-25 minutes until the egg is cooked and the pastry is golden brown.
While puff pastry can be very crummy, you can take one of these outside and eat it with your fingers. I might have done that with one of them.