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:



  1. Looks deliciously simple indeed.

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

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

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

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

  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.

  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!

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

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

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

  11. Clever technique with the puff pastry!

  12. That's a great recipe. Looks so tasty.


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