Cover recipe 157: Tomato harvest tart

by Fiona Smith | Cuisine issue #157
Serves: 8 (makes 2 tarts)Fiona Smith's buttery puff pastry with local tomatoes is a seasonal winner

Rough puff pastry 
250g flour 
1 teaspoon salt 
250g unsalted butter (I used Lewis Road Creamery Premium Butter), chilled,cubed 1cm 

Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. 

Add the butter to the flour, separating each cube, and pulse until the mixture is just becoming large crumbs – you still need to be able to see bits of butter. Tip on to a work surface and make a well in the centre then pour in about 100ml ice-cold water, mixing and bringing together gently (do not knead) until you have a rough dough – add a little extra water if needed. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Turn the pastry on to a lightly floured board and knead together gently to form a rectangle. Roll the dough out, in one direction only, until about 20cm x 50cm. Keep edges as straight and as even as possible.  

Fold the top third of the pastry down to the centre then fold the bottom third up and over the top third. Give the dough a quarter turn and roll out again to three times its length. Fold as before then wrap in cling film and chill for at least 20 minutes before use.  

This pastry freezes well. 

For the filling
250g ricotta 
2 eggs 
400g cherry or small tomatoes, halved 
olive oil for drizzling 
250g mozzarella, torn into bite-sized pieces 
6 tablespoons pesto 
4 tablespoons oregano leaves 

Preheat the oven to 200°C fan bake and line 2 baking trays with baking paper.

Roll the pastry out to about 4mm thick then cut out 2 x 30cm-diameter circles – you can cut out one circle then roll out the offcuts if needed.

Put the pastry on the prepared baking trays and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Prick all over with a fork. 

Put the ricotta and egg in a bowl and mix well to combine. Spread this mixture over both pastry circles, leaving a 2cm border. Fold in the borders to form a rim. Bake for 12 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, over the tarts. Drizzle with a little oil then bake for a further 10 minutes. 

Nestle the torn mozzarella in among the tomatoes and bake for a further 2 minutes or until starting to melt. Spoon the pesto over the tarts then scatter with the oregano and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.


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