Note: I changed Mimi’s recipe slightly… I substituted Fleur Verte for mozzarella which already includes herb de Provence. We also have Dufour’s excellent all-butter puff pastry in our freezer, so no need to make your own.
Ingredients (serves 6):
For the filling:
5-6 tomatoes (thinly sliced and partly deseeded)
4 tbsp tarragon mustard
5 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (optional)
1 tbsp Provence herbs (you can skip if using Fleur Verte)
8 oz Fleur Verte, Bucherondin, Crottin or Cabecou
A few fresh basil leaves
Olive oil (to drizzle)
Salt and pepper (for seasoning)
For the shortcrust pastry:
1/4 cup plain flour
5 oz unsalted butter, chilled and sliced in cubes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
3 tbsp cold water
or 1 package Dufour Puff Pastry
In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the butter and mix using your hands until dough is crumbly. Make a well in the center, add egg and water. Mix well until dough is soft and form a ball. Roll dough on a floured surface, adding flour if necessary if dough is too sticky. With a rolling pin, roll dough large enough to cover tart pan. Press firmly on the sides to line the pan.
Note: If using Dufour puff pastry, follow the package instructions
Preheat oven 400 degrees.
Spread tarragon mustard on the tart base, sprinkle parmesan and arrange the sliced tomatoes in two fine layers. Drizzle with olive oil, Provence herbs, and arrange sliced cheese all over. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
(Tip: To avoid a wet tomato tart, let the sliced tomatoes drain for 10 minutes on a plate before placing them in tart.)
Place tart in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.
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