19 March 2015

Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart

Because tarts aren't just for desserts! I love savory tarts, are perfect as a side dish or a simple dinner. The red pepper colour looks gorgeous, don't you think so? I'm also a big fan of goat cheese, but I know that half of the world hates it (I really can't understand!) but if you are one of those please try with ricotta, or any other soft and light cheese at your taste, if you don't like cheese at all, you have no idea what are you missing!
I addapted the recipe from here.

Goat Cheese Red Pepper Tart

makes a 20 cm pan
For the crust: 
150g plain flour
50g cornmeal flour
100g cold unsalted butter
1 pinch of salt
1 large egg

Mix the flours and the salt in a large bowl, add the butter and mix it using your fingers. You can also use a food processor but you can easly do it by hand. Beat the egg a separate bowl and fold it in the mixture kneading well. Finally add the lemon juice and if the dough is still too dry you can add some cold water.  Shape the sough into a ball and wrap it with film and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

For the filling:
250 g goat cheese
1 large egg
fresh thyme
a handful of fresh basil
2 large red sweet peppers
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 180ยบ
Remove the pastry from the fridge. Using a rolling pin roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface and cover the a removable bottom baking pan and press into the bottoms and sides. Prick bottom with a fork,

Mix the goatcheese, the egg and the fresh thyme in a bowl until smooth. Spread evenly at the bottom of the tart. Cover with a a single layer of fresh basil leaves over the goat cheese. Top with the peppers over the basil leaves. Finally drizzle with the honey all  over the top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake in the middle of the oven for 40 minutes, until the crust is slighlty golden and the peppers are done. Remove from the oven and let it set and cool for few minutes before serving

For more savory tarts check the pear and blue cheese tartlets, or a salmon and spinach quiche, or the goat cheese and caramelized tart,

Hope you enjoy it!

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