These simple tomato tarts can be made quickly and easily, served as they are or with a sprinkling of goat's cheese or feta.
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
200g Stilton cheese, broken into small pieces
500g strong white bread flour
7g sachet fast-action yeast
25g olive oil, plus extra for greasing
30g flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast and olive oil. Stir in 300ml of lukewarm water and mix into a dough. Tip onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 mins. Place in a clean mixing bowl and cover with oiled cling film and a warm, damp tea towel, then place in a warm place to rise for 1 hr.
Knead the parsley and a sprinkle of black pepper into the dough. On a lightly floured surface, shape the dough into an oval. With a sharp knife, cut twice, making three long strips, from the top to the bottom, then roll them individually in flour. Press the Stilton onto the inner sides of the strips, holding a third of the cheese back. From the top, plait the strips and tuck in the ends. Scatter the remaining Stilton over the bread, making sure it gets into the folds of the plait.
Grease a large, flat tray with oil and transfer the loaf to it, using a long spatula. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place for 20 mins. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Bake the loaf for 20 mins until hard when tapped. Serve.
Other Stilton recipes in our Jan/Feb 2017 issue:
2 small red peppers
250g self-raising flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
30g soft brown sugar
55g chilled butter
Remove the cores and stalks of the peppers and deseed. Chop the butter into small cubes. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
Rub the butter into the dry ingredients.
Add the peppers and season with black pepper. In a jug, beat one of the eggs together with the milk. Slowly add the milk mixture to the bowl, stirring with a wooden spoon. Knead the mixture into a firm dough for 5 mins. Divide into eight and form into round cakes on a floured surface.
Place the buns approximately 4cm away from each other on a greased and lined tray. Beat the second egg and brush over the scones. Bake in a preheated oven at 220°C/gas mark 7 for 12 mins until slightly golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a rack.
Serve with butter and a dollop of the chilli jam.
Other red pepper recipes in our Sept/Oct 2015 issue:
• Baked eggs in peppers
• Red pepper cake
• Red pepper and chilli jam
• Roast pepper salad
• Red pepper salad