Friday, July 22, 2011

Caprese Tart

Tomatoes -- we love 'em! Now is the time when they're at their best. This tart can be made with any of your favorite varieties, but just make sure you de-seed the juicier ones so as not to sog the crust.


This type of tart is a common sight in our house. It can be made using any vegetables you have on hand. In fact, I just made a yellow squash and zucchini tart for a dinner party the other night. I've made a gorgonzola and caramelized onion tart and even a goat cheese and wild mushroom tart. So, be creative and see what fun and unusual combinations you can come up with for dinner tonight.


Caprese Tart

Crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
se salt
1/3 cup olive oil
water (cold)

Place dry ingredients into a food processor and start it up. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and then add enough cold water to bring the mixture together into a ball; you will know it when you see it, I promise. Wrap it in plastic and place it into the fridge for 20 minutes to rest.


Filling:
1/4 cup mascarpone
1 egg
4 cloves of garlic
sea salt and cracked black pepper

Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Topping:
6 roma tomatoes (thinly sliced)
4  ounces buffalo mozzarella (the ones about the size of an olive work best here)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
10 leaves of basil (torn)



Preheat the oven to 415 degrees. On a silpat-lined baking sheet, roll out the crust into a large rectangle about 1/8 of an inch thick. Fold the sides and ends up to form a retaining wall for the filling...it doesn't need to be beautiful, just functional. 


Par-bake the crust until lightly golden for about 10 minutes. First, pour in the filling and then place the tomatoes and cheese on top. Return the tart to the oven for another 20 minutes or so. You want the filling to be set and the tomatoes to begin to brown. Remove tart from the oven and drizzle it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Garnish with torn basil leaves just before serving.

4 comments:

myjoyproject said...

Wow that looks completely divine - loooove your blog btw!!

Beth said...

Looks quite lovely (and delicious). Thanks for sharing.

libraloves said...

Good timing with this recipe! I've been looking for recipe for tart crust. Everything I find is topped with a custard of some sort, and yours is just the sort of tart I've been looking for. Flat, golden crust topped with simple delicious vegetables and cheese.

Anonymous said...

I made this for a neighborhood pool party this weekend and it was gone in no time. Everyone said it was delicious! I was amazed at how super easy the dough is -- we will definitely be experimenting with more savory tarts in our house now. Thanks!