Recipe: Easy summer tomato tarts

Simple tomato tarts. From a recipe in the August 2018 issue of LandScape.

Simple tomato tarts. From a recipe in the August 2018 issue of LandScape.

These simple tomato tarts can be made quickly and easily, served as they are or with a sprinkling of goat's cheese or feta.

Makes 12
500g small tomatoes, roughly chopped
250g white bread rolls, thinly sliced
3 tbsp milk
2 tbsp oil, plus extra for greasing
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, plus extra to garnish
½ red onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed
juice of 1 lemon
sea salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5 and grease a 12-hole cupcake tray with oil. Place the bread slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the milk. Allow the bread to soak for 5 mins.

In the meantime, place the chopped tomatoes in a mixing bowl, then mix in the oil, thyme, red onion, garlic and lemon juice. Season with the salt and pepper.

Line the cupcake tray holes with the bread slices, moulding them into the holes to cover them and create a case. Fill the bread cases heavily with the tomato mixture. Bake for 15-20 mins until golden, then allow to cool for 5 mins. Serve straightaway or chilled, presented in paper muffin cases and garnished with thyme leaves.

 

 

 

More recipes for savoury summer tarts in the August 2018 issue of LandScape magazine...

  • Red, yellow and green pepper tart
  • Courgette tart
  • Beetroot and spring onion quiche
  • Salmon tarts
  • Cheddar, green bean and ham tarts

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recipe: Cornish brie and pickles

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These creamy, earthy pies are delicious served from the oven, with melting centres. Or carefully wrapped to retain their warmth and brought out at an indulgent summer picnic. If made with ready-rolled pastry, this is a quick and extremely simple recipe.

Makes 4 pies

For the pies
4 wheels Cornish Brie, approximately 200g each
450g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
½ tsp salt
120g unsalted butter, cold and cubed
150g vegetable shortening, cold
80ml boiling water
1 egg, beaten

For the pickles
250ml distilled vinegar
1 tsp caster sugar
¾ tsp salt
1 tsp coriander seeds
6 shallots, halved
165g gherkins in vinegar, drained

To make the pickle: Combine the vinegar, sugar, salt and coriander seeds in a heatproof bowl. Microwave on high for 40 secs, then stir well to dissolve the sugar and salt. Add the shallots and gherkins to the pickling solution. Cover the bowl, and chill until needed.

To make the pies: Combine the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, making a well in the centre. Place the butter and shortening in the well, then pour over the boiling water. 

Stir well until the fats melt, then start to incorporate the flour into them with a fork. Once a rough dough forms, turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and divide into four pieces. Knead briefly before wrapping in cling film. Chill for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Turn out the pastry onto a floured surface. Roll each piece out into a 30cm wide round. Place the brie wheels on their centres, and bring the pastry up and around the cheese to envelop. Seal the pastry on top, and arrange on a large baking tray, spaced apart. Brush with the beaten egg, then bake for 30-40 mins until golden brown all over. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Serve with the pickles.

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