Heritage Tomato Tart

Heritage Tomato Tart

Heritage Tomato Tart, Posh Tarts by Pip Spence. Photography by Faith Mason.

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Heritage Tomato Tart

A good-quality pre-made pastry case is a brilliant ingredient to have on standby for surprise guests or when you’re pressed for time. Here it’s used simply with beautiful heritage tomatoes and creamy, herby goat’s cheese.

TAKES 10 minutes

200g (7oz) heritage (heirloom) tomatoes
125g (41⁄2oz) soft goat’s cheese
150g (5oz) ricotta cheese
a splash of milk
a bunch of chives, chopped
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest
20-cm (8-in) pre-made unsweetened shortcrust pastry case
½ tsp dried oregano
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Slice the larger tomatoes and cut the small ones in half and place to one side. Place the goat’s cheese, ricotta and milk in a small bowl and mix until smooth. Add a good pinch of black pepper, most of the chives and the lemon zest and mix again.

Spoon the cheese mixture into the pastry case. Arrange the tomatoes on top then sprinkle with a little oregano, the remaining chives, salt and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Cut into slices and serve.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Hardie Grant Books.

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