Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Puff Pastry Tart



  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) mixed Speciality Isle of Wight Tomatoes
  • Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 x 320-350 g sheet ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry
  • 1 medium egg, beaten
  • 25 g (1 oz) finely grated vegetarian Parmesan-style cheese
  • 1 vegetarian mozzarella cheese, drained then torn into small pieces
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • Small handful small, fresh basil leaves
Recipe courtesy of The Tomato Stall.

British Tomato Fortnight ends on June 7.

Celebrate these delicious vegetables (and support local growers having a tough time at the moment) with this Tomato Mozzarella And Basil Puff Pastry Tart.

You won’t regret it!


  1. Pre-heat oven to 220 deg. C., 425 deg. F., Gas Mark 7. Line a large baking sheet with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Slice the tomatoes thinly. Lay them flat on kitchen paper or a clean tea towel, sprinkle with salt and pepper and leave to drain.
  3. Unroll the pastry on to the baking paper and brush all over with the beaten egg. Fold over 1 cm (½ in) of each edge to form a rim and pinch at the corners to seal. Prick the base here and there with a fork then sprinkle with the Parmesan-style cheese.
  4. Bake in the oven for 12 to 15 minutes until puffed up and golden brown.
  5. Remove the tart base from the oven and sprinkle the base with half of the mozzarella cheese. Overlap the tomato slices on top. Mix the olive oil with the garlic, drizzle it over the tomatoes and then scatter over the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Return the tart to the oven and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until the mozzarella has just melted and the tomatoes have heated through. Remove from the oven, scatter over the basil leaves and serve immediately.

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