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Tomato, Ricotta and Thyme Tartlets with Summer Salad

December 12

This recipe can be made as individual rustic tartlets or as a large tart. Serve with baby salad leaves, soft herbs such as chives, basil and chervil and lots of beautiful edible flowers. Summer perfection.

 

  • time 90 mins + cool time
  • serves Serves 4
Method
Best served warm from the oven!
  1. First make the pastry, place the flour and butter in a bowl and using a butter knife, cut the butter into the flour until you have a rough pebble mixture. Whisk together the egg with the balsamic vinegar and sea salt.
  2. Add this to the butter and flour and using two forks gently toss through until the dough begins to come together. Add a little cold water to bring the dough to a rough ball. Turn the pastry out on to parchment paper or cling film, parcel up and place in the fridge to rest for 30 minutes.
  3. While the pastry is resting, preheat the oven the 190C. Slice the tomatoes in half and place in a bowl. Toss with a little olive oil, thyme, oregano and season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Set aside at room temperature to allow the flavours to develop.
  4. When the pastry has rested, cut the pastry into quarters and roll each piece out on a clean well floured work surface using a rolling pin, until you have a round which will fit a 10cm tartlet tin with a removable base and is about 5mm in thickness.
  5. Transfer the pastry to the tartlet tin and cut off any loose edges. Repeat until you have 4 pastry lined tartlet tins in total. Prick the pastry bases with a fork and then spread with ricotta cheese.
  6. Place the tomatoes on top and bake in the oven for about 20-25 minutes until the tomatoes have reduced in size by half, slightly charred and the pastry cases have turned a nutty brown. Leave to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, then carefully remove the tomato tartlets. Arrange on plates with the summer salad to serve.
  7. TOP TIP

    Don't have a tart tin? Simply fold the edges of your pastry in on itself forming a collar holding in all your ingredients, then bake on a baking tray!

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Ingredients

For the filling:

300g cherry tomatoes 
(red and yellow, if possible)

250g ricotta cheese

Few fresh thyme 
sprigs

Small handful of oregano, roughly chopped

1 tbsp olive oil

For the pastry:

250g plain flour

170g very cold, butter, cut into small cubes

1 tsp sea salt

1 egg

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp ice cold water

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve:
Summer salad (see intro)

 

You'll Need

Medium mixing bowl x3

Tartlet tin

Rolling pin

Clingfilm

Parchment paper

 

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