Tomato, onions, peas and goats cheese tart

by Sunita on June 29, 2009

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. We had a lovely summery one full of activities and with full co operation from the weather.

The tart in the title came about from the leftover shortrust pastry from the Daring bakers challenge. I had,  not used up the whole amount and just made 2 small tarts. So, the rest of the pastry was used to make this simple savoury tart. Ripe, sweet tomatoes and onions were paired with some peas to form the filling. It was topped with grated firm goats cheese and crushed red chillies and freshly ground pepper was sprinkled on top.

What’s needed-

For the pastry- refer to this post (skip the almond extract and sugar)

For the filling-

2 onions, sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 tblsp Italian seasoning
1 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp crushed red chillies ( more or less)
1 tsp roasted and roughly ground cumin
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

50 gms of grated firm goats cheese
crushed red chillies and freshly ground pepper

How to-

  1. Roll out the pastry and line an 8inch pan ( bottom and up the sides).  Prick the pastry all over, gently with a fork. Chill the pan lined with pastry for about 30 minutes.
  2. Make the filling. Heat the oil and add all the ingredients for the filling, except the peas. Stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and  cook till the onions soften. Stir in between.
  3. Increase the heat and stir constantly till most of the moisture evaporates. Transfer to a food processor and pulse. Mix in the peas and keep aside till completely cooled.
  4. Pre heat the oven at 220 deg C.
  5. Place a piece of parchment over the pastry and fill with some dried beans. Baking beans can be bought, but I just used some dried chickpeas. The beans are just needed to add pressure on the pastry, so that it does not puff up while baking blind ( without the filling).
  6. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and then remove the beans and parchment. Place the pan on a rack to cool completely before filling.
  8. Pre heat the oven at 180 deg C.
  9. Fill the cooled crust with the cooled filling and top with the grated cheese. Sprinkle a little crushed red chillies and some freshly ground pepper over the cheese.
  10. Place the pan in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for about 30 – 40 minutes or till the cheese has melted, is bubbly and lightly browned. The filling should be heated through.
  11. Cut into wedges and serve with some salad.

We had ours with some fresh salad. I also threw in some roasted potatoes on the side…a filling meal indeed!

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 prathibha June 29, 2009 at 4:40 am

That tart looks wonderful..Nice stuffing,…


2 Sunita July 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Thanks Pratibha :-)


3 Rosa June 29, 2009 at 4:56 am

A wonderful tart! I love those summery flavors!




4 Sunita July 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Rosa :-)


5 Poornima June 29, 2009 at 5:45 am

Those savory tarts look heavenly…almost like a pizza.


6 Sunita July 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Yes, Poornima, almost :-)


7 Sharmila June 29, 2009 at 6:37 am

I am going to try cumin and pepper powders together sometime. Sounds great. That is one great looking slice. :-)


8 Sunita July 3, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Thanks Sharmila…do give it a try :-)


9 Parita June 29, 2009 at 7:50 am

Hey sunita the tart looks delicious, loved the filling!


10 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Thanks Parita :-)


11 Rosie June 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm

sunita, this is one very delicious looking tart. It calls out summer to me :D


12 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Glad you like ot Rosie :-)


13 CurryLeaf June 29, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Great looking tarts.Filling and delicious.Love the savoury idea.


14 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Yes, it was very filling indeed :-)


15 Lisa June 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Beautiful tart. I always have goat cheese on hand.


16 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Thanks Lisa…now get out the goats cheese :-)


17 Kalai June 29, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Just saw your bakewell tart. These look completely awesome, too!! :)


18 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Thanks, dear Kalai :-)


19 superchef June 29, 2009 at 9:21 pm

love all that has gone into this tart!


20 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:40 pm

We did too ;-)


21 Sia June 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

u make every dish u cook look so exotic, Suni!
what a beautiful shots!


22 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Thanks sweetie…can say the same about you too :-)


23 Nicisme June 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm

You have been busy Sunita!
I would love a slice of this for my dinner, it looks so good!


24 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

Thanks Nic…wish i could share it with you :-)


25 Anita July 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

That’s a great looking tasty tart. The cheese looks fantastic :)


26 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Thanks Anita :-)


27 Susan from Food Blogga July 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm

That is just lovely, Sunita. It would make the perfect Sunday brunch.


28 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Glad you like it Susan :-)


29 Nirmala July 3, 2009 at 3:26 am

Looks like a pizza turned into a tart. Lovely Sunita! Would try this sometime :)


30 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:44 pm

Do give it a try, Nirmala :-)


31 Miri July 3, 2009 at 6:04 am

Definitely making this one on the weekend! Is there any particular reason you run the filling through the processor?

BTW, I saw this entry on Foodworld, but couldn’t find it when I actually came to your website, so had to search for it. Maybe you could have the last three posts lined up at the beginning in your lay out? just a suggestion, so we dont miss any of your creations :)



32 Sunita July 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm


The pulsing brought the tomato and onion flavours together.

Sorry for the hassle in finding the post. There is actually a tab on the home page named ”recent posts” ( below the main navigation bar and just over the latest post. If you click on that tab, the links to the five recent posts can be found there :-)


33 Aparna July 4, 2009 at 4:13 am

This would make a very nice lunch tomorrow, I think. Looks like a pizza in a tart base.


34 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Hmm, sort of…do give it a try :-)


35 Kevin July 4, 2009 at 9:24 pm

This tomato tart sounds so tasty!


36 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:47 pm

We did like it :-)


37 Miri July 5, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Thanks – will do that next time!


38 Sunita July 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

No worries :-)


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