September has what I’d call a split personality. Even though I haven’t been in school for quite awhile it feels like the beginning of a new year, a time for fresh starts and new shoes. It’s full of excitement and possibilities.
At the same time when September rolls in there’s a feeling that something is coming to an end. Night falls a little earlier every day, the temperature starts to drop. That carefree feeling that summer brings starts to slip away. When I feel it going I do whatever I can to hold on to it even tighter.
This summer hasn’t been all that care free for me. We’ve been short staffed for months, which led to long days with no time for breaks and sometimes no time to eat. On top of that a new VP for my division has once again brought a sense of uncertainty to the office. We’ve been “restructuring” for so long I can’t remember what structured felt like. All of this meant I was counting down the days to my vacation. It finally began yesterday. My intention was to sleep in, but my body had other plans so I was up pretty early.
I headed out to the Farmers Market in St-Anne-de-Bellevue and picked up some gorgeous cherry tomatoes. I just discovered the market recently. It’s in a beautiful spot along a boardwalk. As you choose you vegetables you can look up and see the water. Shopping at a market has completely different feel than going to a grocery store. The vendors are all passionate about their products, the shoppers are all happy to be there. People are relaxed and smiling. It’s much more pleasant than the hustle and bustle of large grocery store on a Saturday morning.
The photo above has a combination of market tomatoes and some from my parents garden. Tomatoes fresh off the vine taste like sunshine (true story). I’ve been eating as many as I can while I can. I’ve been thinking about a tomato tart since the beginning of tomato season; once September rolled around I realized I was running out of time to make it. I stopped myself from eating all of the tomatoes and put this together. The top layer has tomato and yellow zucchini slices. Underneath that you’ll find a layer of caramelized onions and garlic, and finally there’s a layer of goat cheese and ricotta.
I was really happy with the way this tart turned out. The dough has a little corn flour in it, which I think helped it stand up to all the wet ingredients. Even the next day the crust was still crisp. The onion layer added some depth to the flavour and was a great compliment to the tomato and zucchini. I was going garnish the tart with some fresh basil but completely forgot. It wasn’t necessary but I think it would have added a nice touch.
Although the recipe is not difficult, it does take some time to put together. There are two chilling times for the crust, 30 minutes to blind bake the crust and then another 40 minutes of baking time. To save time, the dough can be made up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerated, or frozen for a week or two.
Tomato and Courgette Tart
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup corn flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 cup butter, cold and cut into cubes
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1/4 ice water
- 1 large onion, sliced
- 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 200 g ricotta
- 350 g goat cheese
- 1 egg
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- 1 yellow zucchini, sliced
- 1 tsp dried basil
- salt and pepper
- Make the crust: In a large bowl mix the flours, 1/2 tsp salt, sugar, and thyme together. Using a pastry cutter or your finger tips, cut the butter into the flour until it hold together when squeezed and there pea sized pieces of butter. Mix in the yogurt and ice water. The dough should come together, add more water if necessary. Shape the dough into a disk and refrigerate for at least one hour, or overnight. On a lightly floured surface roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick. Place in a 9 inch tart pan and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cover the dough with foil then place dried beans or pie weights on top. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
- While the crust is baking, cook the onions. In a large pan on medium heat some olive oil then add the onion slices. Lower the heat and stir the onions until they start to brown. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue cooking. Once the onions are browned add the minced garlic, salt and pepper. Cook two to three minutes longer.
- In a bowl, mix the ricotta, goat cheese and egg. Season with salt and pepper and 1/2 tsp basil.
- Once the tart crust is done remove the foil and the weights. Pour the cheese mixture into the crust, cover the cheese with the onion mixture, the layer the tomato and zucchini on the onion. Brush the tomato and zucchini with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and the remaining dried basil.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
26 thoughts on “Tomato and Courgette Tart”
This is beautiful! I don’t know how I am just seeing your blog for the first time. It’s gorgeous. Well done. Saving this one.
That tart looks wonderful. I’ll have to give it a try after I pay a visit to next week’s farmer’s market!
Anything made from Tomatoes will be a surefire hit among my kids. I bet that is savory too.
You tomatoes are just beautiful! I love fun finds at a farmers market:-) The tart is different from other recipes I have read, I really love you combination of flavors in each layer! Beautiful:-) Take care, Terra
Looks lovely, beautiful photos! Make sure you hit up that farmer’s market every week, it’ll change your life! :)
Yhmmm — I can taste it already…
September brings back memories of going back to school and picking out a new lunch box. Like a new car nothing beats the smell of a new lunch box!
Yum, fresh tomatoes, to hot here for garden fresh tomatoes, lucky you. The tart looks scrumptious.
Nothing like fresh picked tomatoes. The tart looks very appetizing. Wish I had a piece right this moment. I am glad to visit your blog.
I know what you mean about September feeling like the end of something. The market sounds wonderful and I love this tart!
What a beautiful way to showcase summer tomatoes and zucchini!
WOW does that tart look delicious! I think that my whole family would love this one. Thanks for posting and do some sleeping in for me ;)
This looks absolutely delicious! A beautiful tart – perfect for this time of year too! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
Absolutely beautiful tart! A perfect way to enjoy the last of the summer produce.
This is so beautiful. Perfect for this time of year.
Hey there! Just stumbled upon your blog via Tastespotting and had to say this tart looks AMAZING and I am definitely going to have to make it! Also, I love your blog name – When Harry Met Sally is one of my all-time favorites. : )
Gorgeous tart! Love the color the tomatoes give the topping and all the flavor from the cheeses and onions below…yum!
Hi Lynn! This is my first time here and I really love what you’ve been cooking! This tart looks beeautiful! I don’t often eat savory tarts, but I’m totally craving for this now.
Your tart is absolutely and completely stunning!
I feel the same way about the end of summer, I guess it’s just a hold over from when were we young but I still feel like it’s the start of the year.
This is so beautiful! What a wonderfully delicious way to use up the bounty of tomatoes right now. Love it!
PS: I couldn’t agree more about shopping at the farmers’ market. There’s nothing like it. Even in the rain, people are so happy to be there, so enthusiastic about the food, so energized to be supporting local agriculture. Tons better than the supermarket!
What a fabulous tart!! So beautiful with the red tomatoes and yellow squash~
Lynn, I love this tart! It’s true, tomatoes off the vine really do taste like sunshine. The smell reminds me of helping my grandpa tend his garden. Good memories… sigh. I don’t want summer to end!
This looks so yummy. The tomatoes and courgette make this tart very healthy for kids! Thanks for sharing this recipe!!
This tarte is beautiful! I’d be too afraid to eat it, but then again too tempted that I’d probably disregard my “fear” and scarf the darned thing down. I hope I can try this recipe soon!
Congratulations! Your site is nice and your receipts are good looking! I love to taste many of them.