Rustic Tomato Cheese Tart

rustic-tomato-tartTomatoes are indeed a versatile fruit, and when combined with rustic ingredients like paneer,roasted garlic, basil and red peppers, they come together wonderfully to deliver this beautiful, healthy and filling Tomato Tart! With a homemade pastry shell, and the delicious taste of cheese and spices, this Tomato tart will woo any foodie’s heart. You can use the remaining dough to make your own sweet fruit tart later, but for now, enjoy the bountiful summer tomatoes by making this luscious yet heart-healthy Rustic Tomato Tart recipe.

[Recipe & Photo courtesy of Deeba from Passionate About Baking]

Shortcrust Pie Recipe
Plain flour – 200 gms ; sifted
Salt – 1 tsp
Unsalted butter – 100 gms; diced
Egg – 1 ; lightly beaten
Chilled water – 1-2 tbsp

Put the plain flour + salt + butter in a processor & work in short bursts to make into a breadcrumb texture. You can also do the same by hand by rubbing the butter in with your fingertips.

Shake the dough to aerate it. Make a well, add the egg & work the processor till the dough begins to come together. Take out the dough into a bowl, & add a little water, only if required, bring the dough together & shape into a rough ball. DO NOT overwork the dough, or the pastry will be tough.

Wrap in cling wrap & chill for 30 minutes.

Divide into 2 if you want a thin crust. Roll out & line your pie dish. To prevent baked pastry from shrinking, take care not to stretch the dough when rolling it out & fitting it into the tin.

Chill the shell for at least 30 minutes.

For the filling
Roasted garlic paste – 2 tsp
Cottage cheese – 200gms ; grated (use whichever cheese you fancy)
Sweetcorn – 1 cup
Roasted bell peppers – 1 red & 1 yellow; sliced fine
Cheddar – 50-100 gms for topping
Tomatoes 6-8 ; sliced thick
Fresh basil leaves – a good handful

Brush the base generously with the garlic paste. Top with cottage cheese, followed by corn, roasted peppers & season with salt & freshly grated pepper. Generously grate cheese over the top. Line the whole pie with tomatoes slices.

Bake at 180 degrees C for about 30 minutes; till done. Sprinkle with finely chopped fresh basil. Slice into wedges if you wish and serve with some bread and dipping sauce on the side.


  1. That's a beautiful pic!Tart looks great!!

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