Cheese and Anchovy Dartois

Never heard of a dartois before, but I wanted an appetiser for a dinner..

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After a bit of googling I did find a few other recipes and images and they were pretty similar and it gave me a good idea of what my end product should be!

I was making both as I had half a can of anchovies in the fridge that needed using, and I wanted to convince my family that they don’t taste that bad!!

So first I made the flaky pastry which obviously the recipe for that comes from the pastry chapter!

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I was making 4oz of pastry so halved all these ingredients. I do have some lard in the fridge so opted for a lard/butter mix. It was harder than expected getting the lard and butter mixed together..

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Once they’ve been worked together I rubbed a quarter of it into the flour..

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After a bit of kneading and mixing it does end up in a very workable dough, it was easy to roll out and not too sticky..

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So the recipe says to put another quarter of the butter mix onto the pastry in flakes like buttons on a card. Well am not too sure what it means by buttons on a card, and it’s not exactly flakes, more like splodges..

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After a bit of folding and rolling I left the pastry to rest in the fridge. It did all get a bit sticky by the time all the butter had been incorporated.

While that was resting I made the filling. I mixed the egg and butter together, which is actually not an easy thing to do!! It was a disgusting lumpy mess!

I halved that mix and to one half I added cheese and to the other I added mashed anchovies.

Once the pastry had rested I started rolling it out.

First square was topped with the anchovy paste..

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Then I made another square and that was topped with the cheese mix..

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Each one was topped with another square of pastry which was then brushed with egg and marked into fingers..

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After about 20 minutes in the oven they were looking nicely golden-brown..

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Each one was cut into fingers..
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Well these were great! The pastry is very flaky as you would expect but it’s really good! I loved both fillings, the anchovy one is quite strong but I did really like it, and think the others in my family enjoyed it too! The cheese one is fab as well! I couldn’t pick a favourite and that fact that they were polished off in a matter of seconds has to be a good sign!!

Would I make these again? Yes definitely..

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