Heirloom Tomato Tart

Tomato Tart

It’s heirloom season once again and what I love most about these end-of-summer beauties are their uniqueness in flavors, colors, textures and shapes. This rustic tart (or otherwise known as a galette) has a delicious flaky crust and a beautifully-bold filling of sweet heirlooms and rich, golden cheese.

Heirlooms at Creekview

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 stick (1/4 lb.) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche, chilled
  • Heirloom tomatoes, sliced
  • Semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese, such as manchego
  • Olive oil

Dough

Combine the flour, salt, baking powder, and butter pieces in a food processor or in a medium bowl if blending by hand. Blend just until the butter is incorporated into the dry ingredients. Mix in the crème fraîche. Turn the entire mix out onto a cutting board and gently push it together into a pile. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Filling

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the sliced tomatoes in a colander and sprinkle generously with coarse salt. Lay the tomatoes on several sheets of paper towel to drain (dried tomatoes will make a crisp tart).

Dust a work surface well with flour and roll the dough into a circle about 1/8-inch thick. Dust flour under the dough if it starts to stick.

Carefully slide a rimless baking sheet under the dough. Leaving a 3-inch boarder, scatter the cheese on top of the dough, then arrange the tomatoes evenly over the cheese. Fold the edges of the dough over the tomatoes, making pleats as you fold and leaving the center of the tart open.

Bake the tart until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool on a rack.

Drizzle the top of the tart with a touch of olive oil and a sprinkle of coarse salt. Slice and serve with a simple, lightly dressed salad.

Tomato Tart

Polenta Breakfast Bowl

Polenta Breakfast Bowl

Eggs are our household go-to breakfast item, but I often find myself making the same thing over and over again (fried egg sandwiches, egg/avocado toast, scrambles and omelettes). This morning, I was feeling creative and with some extra time on my hands decided to surprise my husband with something new. I perused the garden, pantry and refrigerator for inspiration – the end result was this deliciously creamy polenta breakfast bowl filled with smoked bacon, veggies and roasted tomatoes topped with a pillowy poached egg.

  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped (I also added a few shishito peppers from the garden)
  • 5 pieces of applewood smoked bacon, sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 tomato, roasted
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup polenta
  • 2 eggs
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Baby spinach (crispy kale is also a great substitute)
  • Scallions, chopped for garnish
  • Salt & pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. While oven is preheating, place bacon pieces in a heavy skillet over medium heat and cook until crispy. Remove pieces with a slotted spoon and let drain on a paper-towel lined plate. Drain fat, leaving about a tablespoon in skillet for the vegetables.

Place sliced tomatoes on a small baking sheet lined with foil. Drizzle tomatoes with olive oil and season with salt. Roast in the oven for about 15 – 20 minutes, or until slightly chard.

Prepare two saucepans; add 1 1/2 cups of water to one for the polenta and fill other 3/4 way with water for the poached eggs. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the saucepan used for the eggs. Bring both to a boil.

While water is boiling, add the peppers and onions to the skillet used for the bacon, season with a pinch of salt and cook over medium heat until tender. Transfer to a bowl.

Slowly stir in the polenta and continue to stir until all the water is absorbed. Reduce heat, add in the milk and butter and continue to stir until thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Keep pan on low until ready to serve.

Crack egg in a small bowl. Once the water comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. Using a spoon, swirl the water in one direction creating a whirlpool effect. Carefully slide the egg in the center of the whirlpool. Repeat with the second eggs. Let eggs cook for about 3-4 minutes (depending on how you like your poached eggs). Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel.

Quickly wilt spinach (add pinch of red pepper flakes) in skillet.

To assemble, divide polenta into two bowls and top with onions/peppers, spinach, bacon and poached egg. Add in roasted tomato slices and season egg with salt and pepper. Garnish with scallions.

Serves 2

Polenta Breakfast Bowl

Rustic Mulberry Tartlets

Mulberry Summer Tartlets

These free-form tartlets scream summer and are so easy to make. You can make the dough ahead of time in large batches (just double the dough recipe below) and keep the dough in the fridge for a few days or freeze up to two months.

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Tartlet Dough

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 10 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ice water (4 tablespoons)

Process flour and salt in food processor until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse  crumbs – about 6-8 pulses. Add one tablespoon of ice water at a time and pulse until dough begins to form small curds. Dough should be crumbly.

Transfer dough to a lightly floured counter. Using the heel of your hand, smear small amount of dough against the counter until all crumbs have been worked. Divide dough into four section and form each section into 3-inch disks. Wrap each disk tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Let dough sit on counter top for 5-10 minutes before rolling.

Roll each disk into 7-inch circle between two small sheets of floured parchment paper. Keeping the dough between the parchment paper, refrigerate until firm (15 minutes).

Rustic Mulberry Tartlets

Filling

  • Basket of mulberries (can substitute with your favorite berry)
  • 3-4 peaches, sliced
  • Sugar

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and adjust rack to lower-middle position. Gently toss peaches and mulberries with 2 tablespoons of sugar. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and remove the top sheet of parchment from each dough circle. Keep bottom sheet of parchment paper and transfer dough circles to a baking sheet. Mound fruit in the middle of the dough, leaving 1 1/2 inch border around the edge of the fruit. Carefully fold dough over fruit, pleating it every 1-2 inches as needed. Repeat with remaining fruit and dough circles.

Quickly brush the sides of the dough with water and sprinkle tartlets with a little sugar. Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until crust is golden brown and fruit is bubbling, about 40 minutes. Rotate baking sheet halfway during baking.

Transfer tartlets with sheet to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes. Remove bottom sheet and let cool on rack until juices have thickened, about 15 minutes. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature with vanilla bean ice cream.

Makes 4 tartlets.


Adapted from The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook