Michel Guerard’s Warm Tomato Tart

Michel Guerard’s recipe for a delicious and easy warm tomato tart is the perfect way to use up the last of the summer tomatoes and basil.   Adrienne loved Michel’s food and loved tomatoes – so this is a match made in heaven!

I think plum tomatoes work best.  If you can find good beefsteaks go for it but be sure to remove all the seeds and liquid or you will end up with a soggy crust.

Chef Michel’s tart is pictured above.

Mine was 20161017_200922not quite so pretty but definitely tasty.


Click here for a pdf of the recipe. 

Serves 4

Main Ingredients

  • 100 g (3½oz) puff pastry
  • 500 g (1lb 2oz) medium tomatoes, well matured, preferably Beefsteak or Plum variety
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato concentrate paste
  • Pinch of fresh thyme
  • Salt, pepper

Ingredients for the pesto

  • 1/2 cup  fresh basil leaves
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of freezing water

Ingredients for the presentation

  • A few fresh green and purple basil leaves

Place a baking pan in the oven and preheat oven to 220°C (425°F, gas mark 7)

Divide the puff pastry into 4 quarters and shape into balls. Using a rolling pin, roll out each ball into a circle 14cm (5½-6in) in diameter and 1mm (1/16in) thick. Put the pastry circles on 4 squares of baking parchment, cut to 16 (6 ½ in) cm square each. Refrigerate while preparing the tomatoes.

Peel the tomatoes by blanching them for a few seconds in boiling water, then refresh in cold water. Peel the skin off with your fingers.

Chop the basil leaves finely with a knife and mix with the tomato concentrate paste. Spread the tomato-basil mixture onto the puff pastry disks, leaving a ½ cm (¼ in) border (the trottoir or ‘sidewalk’ of the tart).

Cut the peeled tomatoes into slices of 3 to 4mm (1/8 in) thick. Tap them lightly to get rid of the seeds and water. Carefully lay the tomatoes on top of the tomato-basil mixture slightly overlapping, and respecting the ½cm (1/4in) border. If there are too many empty spaces due to the missing seeds, fill them with pulp from another tomato slice.

Prepare the pesto with the leaves of the second 1/2 cup of basil. Mix it with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and a tablespoon of iced water. Set aside.

Sprinkle the fresh thyme onto the tarts and season with salt and pepper. With the tip of a sharp knife, trace a line around the ¼ inch perimeter next to the tomatoes so that the edge of the pastry will rise.  Place the tarts and the squares of baking paper on the pre-heated baking pan in the oven.  Cook for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden and slightly puffed. Remove from oven and brush the tarts with half the pesto mixture.  Return to the oven for 5 minutes until the tarts have browned.

Place each tart on a warm serving plate. Brush with the remainder of the pesto and decorate with the fresh green and purple basil leaves.

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