This week is National Vegetarian Week so I thought it would be the perfect time for trying out this recipe for Cherry Tomato Tart, especially as I got some beautifully sweet cherry tomatoes in my veg box this week. This is one of the recipes (I'll be back with more) created by The Co-operative Food, to showcase British food and farming in conjunction with Open Farm Sunday (on 9th June this year).
Cherry Tomato Tart
For these tarts, you can semi-dry the tomatoes to really bring out their rich, sweet flavour. (But I didn't bother because I was short on time !)
Takes: ABOUT 10 minutes to make + 1½ hours for drying the tomatoes + 15 minutes to cook
225g British cherry tomatoes, halved
1 tbsp The Co-operative olive oil
2 whole cloves garlic (unpeeled)
125g puff pastry
65g The Co-operative soft goat’s cheese
Handful fresh basil leaves (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 120ºC/fan 100ºC/ Gas ½. Put the tomatoes, oil and garlic on a baking tray. Cook for 1½ hours.
2. Turn the oven up to 200°C/fan 180°C/Gas 6. Roll out the pastry until it’s as thick as a pound coin and cut out 4 circles, about 9.5cm across. Score small borders round the edges of the pastry circles and put on a baking tray.
3. Squeeze the garlic from the cloves onto the circles. Break the cheese into small pieces and scatter over. Top with the tomatoes and bake for 15 minutes until the pastry is risen and golden. Scatter with basil leaves, if using.
Serve lukewarm with salad. Mine was a bit soggy because I didn't semi-dry the tomatoes but it was very nice. I sprinkled oregano over the tomatoes instead of basil.
The eighth annual Open Farm Sunday on 9th June 2013 provides a great opportunity for the public to truly get to know how their food is produced and how the countryside around them is cared for.
Sponsors for Open Farm Sunday 2013 include Asda, Country Life butter, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers Union, Syngenta, The Co-operative and Waitrose, plus BPEX, Dairy Co, EBLEX, HDC, HGCA, Cotswold Seeds, FarmStay UK and Farmers Weekly
For more information visit www.farmsunday.org
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