Tuesday 28 August 2012

A Duo of Tarts - A Random Recipe

Back to basics, this month over at Belleau Kitchen. Always unnerving when a Back to Basics challenge turns up from Dom, usually means he has something rather hellish lined up in the coming months.

Bit of a problem this month when it came to choosing a recipe book mainly because I'm chilling in Leeds, a good 80 miles away from my collection, so I'm stuck with the OH's tiny collection which consists of a few baking books and 2 savoury books. Fortunately, because I hate baking in other people's kitchens, River Cottage Veg was chosen, wahey.

I, as tradition dictates, flicked through and randomly stopped on page 216, a very tasty sounding tomato, thyme and goats cheese tart. The page also gave alternatives to the herbs and cheese so I made two, the one above plus a rosemary and parmasan tart.

Ingredients (per tart)
500g puff pastry
about 3- 4 big tomatoes
1 clove of garlic, finley diced
olive oil
100g of cheese, Parmasan/goats cheese
good handful of fresh herbs, Thyme/Rosemary
1 egg, beaten
Salt and black pepper.

Roll out your puff pastry to slightly bigger of the length of your tray.
Trim the edges and keep to make a border.
Brush the edge of the pastry with the egg an lay the edges on top, brush again with egg.
Sprinkle the garlic over the pastry.
Layer the tomatoes over the pastry, overlap slightly.
Season with s+p and drizzle with a little oil
Bake in a preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the herbs and cheese.
Place back in the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Remove from the oven.
Serve with a green salad and enjoy.

Well you can't really go wrong with a recipe like that, easy to do and as long as you buy decent ingredients you can't really go wrong. My personal favourite was the goats cheese tart mainly because I found a rather stunning goats cheese, which is high praise because I'm not usually fussed about cheese, unfortunatly I forgot to get the name of it.


  1. oooh, get you... two tarts for the price of one!... I do love a simple puff pastry tart, always find they look so impressive yet they are genuinely quite easy to bash together... its also a great way to enjoy the taste of fresh herbs and veg... really lovely and I too LOVE that book, one of my faves... thanks so much for entering this month Gary x

  2. Mmmm. Yum.
    I still haven't booked that book out of the library but do intend to.
    How frustrating - finding a lovely cheese and not remembering the name. You need to pay more attention, Gary. ;)

  3. Lovely stuff - something like this is pretty much my standby mid-week meal. If memory serves, there's quite a lot of cheese in River Cottage Veg. I'd like to remember the names of cheeses but, sadly, I often forget them. I did have some very good Rockwell Extra Bold the other day... no, hang on, that's a font.