Tomato Mascapone Tart

Tomato’s are in full gear and I couldn’t be more exited! See…I have a somewhat infatuation with tomatoes. No joke. I am so in love with tomatoes that I jump up and down when Joe comes home with a handful of bright vine-ripened red cuties. I just can’t contain myself.

I smell the stem, run my hands all over the beautiful fruit and fantasize about what I’m going to enjoy with these gorgeous beings. It’s an obsession really. I joke that I would rather Joe come home with a handful of vine-ripened tomatoes than jewelery, and that seems to be happening more often than not.

I am so in love with tomatoes that I even wrote my very first blog post about them…which is almost exactly a year away! Can you believe? I could go on and on. I enjoy these earthy fruits every single day and usually with every meal. Tomatoes are sweet, firm, the small varieties are like candy to me. Oh my..I need to stop.

So let me introduce to you what is going on within the next few weeks. Cassie from Bake Your Day and Ali from Gimme Some Oven are promoting a  tomato awareness campaign with Recipe For Change. The mission being to ensure that tomatoes are being harvested in a safe environment with dignity. Major stores such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s (which is where I buy most if not all my tomatoes from) have joined the campaign, promoting an absolute zero-tolerance policy for labor conditions based on the tomatoes that are being harvested and purchased.

So for the months of July and August, #tomatolove is in full swing! Each week will feature a different category.Up first…appetizers!

Our awesome neighbors have been spoiling us recently with garden vegetables. I have an abundance of tomatoes and some puff pastry in the freezer so I thought a tart would be perfect. Last time I attempted at a tart, I failed miserable. The bottom was raw, the tomatoes were oozing and the crust was burnt.

I was on a mission to redeem myself.

This time I layed the tomatoes out to “drain” and par-cooked the crust. A mascapone lemon mixture was whipped up quickly to help glue the tomatoes to its surface. Fresh herbs sprinkled roughly and that’s it.

Method:

1) Lay tomatoes on a paper towel to dry and allow their juices to run out. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. all over

2) On a lightly flowered surface, gently roll out the puff pastry so it stretches on all sides about an inch. Don’t over-roll.

3) Place puff pastry onto parchment paper and onto a baking sheet. With a small paring knife, make a 1/4 in border around the pastry. Use a fork to poke holes all over the center. Bake for 5 minutes to allow it to start cooking.

4) Take the puff pastry out and spread a thin layer of the mascapone-lemon mixture on top. It will melt, that’s ok.

5) Add a layer of tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt and pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil.  Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

Tomato Mascapone Tart

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet of puff pastry, defrosted
  • 2-3 tomatoes, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 c mascapone + 1Tb lemon zest
  • Few sprigs fresh thyme and basil, roughly chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil for drizzling

Instructions

  1. Lay tomatoes on a paper towel to dry and allow their juices to run out. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. all over
  2. On a lightly flowered surface, gently roll out the puff pastry so it stretches on all sides about an inch. Don't over-roll.
  3. Place puff pastry onto parchment paper and onto a baking sheet. With a small paring knife, make a 1/4 in border around the pastry. Use a fork to poke holes all over the center. Bake for 5 minutes to allow it to start cooking.
  4. Take the puff pastry out and spread a thin layer of the mascapone-lemon mixture on top. It will melt, that's ok.
  5. Add a layer of tomatoes, fresh herbs and salt and pepper. Drizzle with some olive oil. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.
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Come share in the tomato love at the Tomato Love Recipe Exchange, hosted by Gimme Some Oven & Bake Your Day, sponsored this week by KitchenAid.  Also visit Recipe for Change to learn more about how to support tomato farmers.

Enjoy!

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