Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Easy tomato and pesto tart

A couple of days ago, on a day when she "didn't feel like going to a lot of effort", Jane made this delicious and easy tomato tart. She described the tart as being less effort than sending out for a Takeaway! (and it was 100% nicer).


This is how it's made:-

  • Lay a sheet of (defrosted) ready-rolled puff pastry onto a baking-sheet covered with silicon paper
  • Use the point of your knife to score a line around the edge of the pastry, about two inches in from the edge, making what looks like a picture-frame! (See next photo) [I emphasise that you must only score the pastry, not cut right through it.]
  • Spread the inner rectangle of pastry with a generous layer of Basil pesto (ours was home-made, from the freezer)
  • Place on top of the pesto as many pieces of thickly-sliced fresh tomato as you can conveniently squeeze in
  • Grate on top of the tomatoes a good amount of Parmesan cheese
  • Bake in the oven at approx 190C for about 20 minutes, or until the pastry is fully cooked.

When the dish is cooked it will look something like this:


As you can see, the outer bit (the "picture-frame") puffs up, while the inner bit, weighed-down by the tomatoes, does not - well, not to the same extent.

Serving suggestion
Eat this just as you would eat a pizza. If (like us) you wanted to make this into a proper meal, you could add a few boiled new potatoes and a nice salad, such as this one:




Enjoy!

12 comments:

  1. Looks deliciously simple indeed.

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  2. Oh yum, looks delicious! I love the idea of scoring the crust to make the picture frame - gotta try it.

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  3. Lovely - I definitely will make one of these!

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  4. Looks good and as pretty as a picture :)

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  5. yum, a great way to use the first of our summer tomatoes!

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  6. My mouth is watering! That looks so delicious and simple to make....just my thing! Thanks for sharing that, Mark, and tell Jane I will make one, too.

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  7. This is a fave in my house too - but I like your top tip of scoring round the tomatoey bit of the tart - mine always turn out like lumpy mattresses. Will try this next time!

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  8. the superb photography makes the dish look even more delicious

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  9. Just delicious! I can see that coming into my menu of regularly made things. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. It looks delicious, and oh so simple, I'll have to give it a go.

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  11. Clever technique with the puff pastry!

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