Heirloom Tomato Tart with Basil Oil

Fresh, vibrant and full of the flavours of Spring, this easy to make tart is perfect for picnics or outdoor eating. If you don’t want to make your own pastry you can use bought pastry instead.

How long will it take?

1 hour

What’s the serving size?

Serves 6

What do I need?

For the tart shell

  • 200g plain flour
  • 150g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
  • 40g parmesan, grated
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp iced water
  • Pinch of salt and pepper

For the filling

  • 125g ricotta
  • 100g fetta, crumbled
  • 300g assorted heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Salt and pepper

For the Basil Oil

  • 50ml olive oil
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, plus extra for garnish

How do I make it?

  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Add flour, butter, parmesan and salt and pepper to a food processor and blitz until mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add egg and water and blitz again until dough starts to come together. Tip out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth. Shape into a disc, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  3. Blend ricotta and fetta with salt and pepper in food processor until smooth and creamy. Set aside in the fridge until needed.
  4. Grease a 10cm x 34cm rectangular tart tin. Roll pastry out into a rectangle and transfer to tart tin. Trim excess and prick base. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  5. Line pastry with baking paper and baking weights. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove weights and paper and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is a light golden colour. Allow to cool before filling.
  6. To make the basil oil; blanch and refresh the basil leaves and squeeze out excess water. Add olive oil and basil leaves to a blender and blending until smooth.
  7. When ready to assemble, fill the tart case with the ricotta and fetta filling and top with sliced tomatoes. Serve drizzled with basil oil, a sprinkle of salt and garnished with basil leaves.

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