Buttery Flaky Outstanding Basil Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

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INGREDIENTS VIDEO: Buttery Flaky Outstanding Basil Tomato and Goat Cheese Tart

2 cups ap flour
Two sticks of very cold butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup cold water
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 large tomato, 2 medium, or a pint of cherry tomatoes
4 oz goat cheese
1/2 cup of half and half
sea salt and white pepper
5-6 basil leaves


METHOD

In a food processor, add the flour. Slice the butter into pats and add to the flour. Buzz until the butter looks the size of small peas. Beat one of the eggs with the water. Add to the processor. Buzz until it starts to come together. Form the dough into a disc, wrap with plastic wrap and let chill for 20-30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet (with a lip) with cooking spray. Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick. Roll the dough up with the rolling pin and unroll on the cookie sheet. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan. Slice the tomatoes and add them to the tart in one layer leaving a couple inch border all around. Crumble the goat cheese and add it.  Mix the remaining egg with the half and half in a bowl using a fork. Add about 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/4 tsp of pepper to the mixture. Fold the tart edges back over the tart about 2 inches, pinching it as you go to avoid leaks. (Realize, it’s still going to leak a little. It always does.) Pour the custard mixture over the tart. Immediately,  bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. You can chiffonade the fresh basil and add over the top when it comes out of the oven.
They are beautiful, but it’s getting harder to find organic heirlooms, and can always use vine-ripened tomatoes. Try to avoid the unripe, hard, ethylene-gassed ones.

About Elizabeth Dougherty

Elizabeth Dougherty has been cooking and writing about food intensively for more than ten years. She is the fourth generation of chefs and gourmet grocers in her family with her mother, Francesca Esposito and grandmother, Carmella being major influences in her early cooking years. As a teenager, her family sent her to Europe where she became focused on French and Italian cuisine. She survived a year and half of culinary tutelage under a maniacal Swiss-German chef and is a graduate of NYIT, Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations. Food Nation Radio has won two news awards for content. Broadcasting LIVE each week, nationwide, on FoodNationRadio.com and on stations around the country.

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