Thursday, August 9, 2012

Heirloom Tomato Tart

Recently Jason and I enjoyed an amazing dinner at Ruxbin. If you haven't heard of it, you probably will soon. A fantastic, little out of the way place with some serious cuisine. One of the highlights was my entree, a tomato tart. I've also been eyeing an heirloom tomato tart recipe from Tartlette and finally decided to give the recipe a try. Granted, I had to go out and buy both a tart pan and rolling pin that morning, as many of you know, I don't really bake.

Well, now I'm addicted to making tarts. The final product was beautiful! It needed more time to set than the recipe indicated (I might actually use less liquid next time) and definitely needed salt but I managed to get the crust right and the end product was beautiful. I've included my notes and suggestions in the recipe. It was perfect as a dinner accompaniment as well as several days worth of breakfasts! Next tart project, gruyere and caramelized onion...

Makes one 9-inch tart
Allow plenty of time for the dough prep

For the crust:
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 stick unsalted butter, cold
1/4 tsp salt
2-3 Tbsp ice cold water

For the filling:
About 6 heirloom tomatoes
2 eggs
1 cup milk
2 tsp freshly chopped rosemary
Salt and pepper - go heavier than a pinch!
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

For the crust:
- Pulse flour in food processor until incorporated

- Chop butter into quarters, add and pulse until the butter resembles small peas This took longer than I anticipated. I was worried at first I had gone too long, but it takes a bit for the butter to get broken down and then form into little pea shapes!

- Add the salt and pulse once more

- Gradually stream in the water until the flour just comes together I probably used about 2 Tbsp, might ad a little more

- Turn out mixture onto work surface, form into a 2 inch thick disk, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes apparently this can also be done up to a day ahead of time

- Flour work surface and roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick, adding more flour as you go if the dough starts to stick. Place dough into tart pan. All of this was very difficult for me! I 9 inch pan might be a little large for this project. The dough kept breaking when I tried to get it in the pan. Eventually I transferred most of it over then patched up the sides with the excess dough.

- Place a piece of parchment paper over the dough, fill with dried beans and refrigerate for another 30 minutes

- Preheat oven to 350. Place tart pan on middle rack and bake for about 15 minutes (with the beans still inside). Remove from oven, let cool and remove beans and parchment paper.

For the filling:
- Slice the tomatoes and lay flat on a couple of sheets of paper towels to absorb excess water.

- In a large bowl, beat the eggs with the milk. Add the rosemary, salt, pepper, and nutmeg and whisk again.

- Pour the mixture into the tart shell and arrange tomato slices throughout. Here, I might not use all of the liquid as the dish ended up being a little "eggier" than I had expected. It also took longer to bake.

- Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, or until center is barely set. Tart will continue to set as it cools.


Anonymous said...

Lovely. I've been making a frittata on sunday mornings with my farmers market stuff and having it all week. It is such a nice way to start the day. My favorite combo so far is to saute zuchhini with a bit of good penzyes seasoned salt until it softens, but doesn't get too soft. Then I line the bottom of my pan with tomatoes and let them cook slightly. Layer in the zuchinni and then do a layer of fresh spinach. And, then put a pint of organic egg whites over it and let it set up. I'll finish it in the oven. And, then turn it over on a plate. It is fun making pretty food, isn't it? Sarah (j).

Amy said...
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Amy said...

Sarah, sounds delicious! I'm making a little frittata this morning, thanks for the inspiration!