Friday, November 11, 2011

A BATF Thanksgiving: Slow Roasted Tomato Tart Recipe

For Thanksgiving, Kirsten not only made a fig thyme cocktail and zucchini gratin, she also contributed this slow roasted tomato tart and apple crisp for dessert. See why we keep her around?

Kirsten writes:

For the tomato tart, I admit I took a major shortcut. I planned to make the dough from scratch, but then it seemed too overwhelming and time intensive so I bought a frozen pie crust from QFC as a substitute. I still thought it tasted ok, but if you have the time and energy definitely go for the homemade crust. However, it isn’t worth cheating on the slow roasted tomatoes. Slow roasting is easy and gives the tomatoes a caramelized and rich flavor, not to mention it makes your kitchen smell so good! Since this takes a few hours, I roasted them a few days ahead of time and stored them in a Tupperware in the fridge. Once you have the tomatoes and crust complete, the rest is easy and just involves mixing together a custard as a base for the tomatoes. The major mistake I made is taking out the tart too soon from the oven—I’m sure cooking time varies based on your oven, but in this case it took more time than the recipe states in order for the custard to set.

Slow Roasted Tomato Tart (from The Pantry at Delancey)
Serves 6-8

Tart dough:
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
¾ tsp kosher salt
½ cup plus 1 tbsp chilled, unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch cubes
4 tbsp ice water
¾ tsp apple cider vinegar

2 ½ lbs ripe tomatoes, trimmed and halved
Sugar to taste
Kosher salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil to taste
Five sprigs fresh thyme, rosemary or oregano (or a mix)
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
½ cup crème fraiche
½ cup milk
2 tsp Dijon mustard


Tart dough
1. Blend the flour, sugar and salt in food processor to combine.

2. Add butter using on/off pulse, process until coarse meal forms.

3. Add ice water and vinegar, blend until moist clumps form, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is too dry.

4. Turn out onto work surface and gather dough together into a ball. Flatten into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Dough can be refrigerated for up to two days or enclose in a resealable plastic bag and freeze up to 1 month. Soften slightly at room temperature before rolling out.

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. Arrange the tomatoes, cut side up, on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with sugar, salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil and nestle the herbs between the tomatoes.

3. Place the tomatoes in the oven and roast until golden brown in spots and reduced in size by about half, approximately 2-3 hours.

4. While the tomatoes cook, roll out the tart dough on a lightly floured surface. Press it gently into a 9 or 10 inch tart pan with a removable bottom and fold in the overhang to reinforce the sides. Trim excess dough. Place the tart shell in the freezer until the tomatoes are done roasting.

5. When the tomatoes are done, increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. When the oven is pre-heated remove the dough from the freezer, line with parchment or foil and fill with pie weights (dried beans or rice also work well). Bake, leaving weights in place until the dough dries out and just starts to turn golden, about 15-20 minutes. Carefully remove parchment or foil and weights. Return tart shell to oven and continue baking until lightly golden brown, about 10-15 more minutes.

6. Whisk one egg with 1 tbsp water in a small bowl. Remove crust from oven and brush a thin coating of egg wash over the inside and top of the crust. Return to oven and bake about two minutes more. Reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees.

7. While crust is baking, whisk together remaining egg, egg yolk, crème fraiche, milk, Dijon and a pinch of salt. As soon as pie shell comes out of the over, pour egg mixture into the shell. Arrange roasted tomatoes over the egg mixture.

8. Bake until custard is set and light golden brown in spots, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer tart to a rack to cool and serve warm or at room temperature.


  1. This tart was amazing and I love this recipe because I'm also going to use the slow roasted tomatoes for grilled cheese, paninis, etc.

  2. This sounds really good...I hope I can still find heirloom tomatoes to try this with. One the leftovers store ok?