Wild mushroom, spinach and goat's cheese vol-au-vents with poached duck egg and pimento cream

1 hour 30 minutes


Wild mushroom vol-au-vents

  • 4 puff pastry, cut into 9cm circles
  • olive oil
  • 80g of vulscombe goat's cheese
  • 160g of baby spinach leaves, picked and washed
  • 80g of wild mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 4 duck eggs
  • salt to season

Pimento cream

  • 4 red peppers, finely diced
  • 1 banana shallot, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 100ml of cream
  • salt to season


  • 1 tbsp of chives, chopped
  • 1 bunch of rocket


To make the vol-au-vents, preheat the oven to 175˚C/gas mark 3 and bake the puff pastry circles for 12–14 minutes until golden brown. Remove and keep in a warm dry place
  • 4 puff pastry
While the puff pastry is cooking, add a layer of oil to a large frying pan on a medium. When the pan is hot, sauté the mushrooms until golden, add the baby spinach and cook until wilted
  • 160g of baby spinach leaves
  • 80g of wild mushrooms
Remove the pan from the heat and add the goat's cheese while the contents are still warm. Season to taste and set aside to cool
  • 80g of vulscombe goat's cheese
  • salt to season
To make the pimento cream, sweat the shallots and garlic in a little olive oil until translucent. Add three quarters of the diced red pepper and cook until soft. Add the cream, bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Blend, season and pass through a fine strainer. Return to the pot for reheating later
  • 1 banana shallot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100ml of cream
  • salt to season
  • 4 red peppers
For the vol-au-vents, hollow out the centre of the puff pastry circles by gently breaking through with a spoon. Spoon in even amounts of the mushroom goat's cheese mix and return to the oven for 5 minutes at 170˚C/gas mark 3
While the vol-au-vents are heating through, bring a large pot of salted water up to a boil and poach the duck eggs for 3 minutes. Sauté the remaining diced red pepper in a little olive oil and set aside
  • 4 duck eggs
  • olive oil
To serve, place a vol-au-vent in the middle of each plate and sprinkle the red pepper around the tart. Place the poached duck egg on top of the tart, cover with the warm pimento sauce and finish with a sprinkle of chives and fresh rocket
  • 1 tbsp of chives
  • 1 bunch of rocket