Friday, June 26, 2009

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Here is a delicious recipe for Tomato Tarte Tatin! The original recipe is from Chocolate and Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier. My adaptations to the recipe were to substitute fresh mozzarella cheese in place of the goat cheese that Clotilde suggests, I use Sarah's Mediterranean Sea Salt, and made my own olive tapenade which is the base of this tomato tart. 

If you can get yours hands on some wonderful home or farm grown tomatoes this summer, I know you will enjoy this delicious recipe!

Tomato Tarte Tatin

Adapted from Chocolate and Zucchini by Clotilde Dusoulier
Printable Recipe

Makes 8 appetizer or 4 main course servings


1 sheet store-bought Puff Pastry Dough - Thawed

• Extra virgin olive oil
• 2 pounds firm tomatoes
• Fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
• Mediterranean Herbs (I used Sarah's Mediterranean Sea Salt)
• 1/4 cup black olive tapenade, store-bought or homemade
• 6 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese (or you may use goat cheese)
• 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 10-inch ceramic quiche pan or pie plate with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Halve the tomatoes lengthwise and core. Remove the juice and seeds. Arrange in the pan, skin side down, in a circular pattern. You can crowd them as they will shrink as they bake. Season with salt, pepper, herbs, and a good drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 30 minutes, until softened. Remove from the oven (leave the heat on).

4. Remove the thawed dough from the fridge and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into an 11-inch circle and prick with a fork. Spread with olive tapenade, leaving a 1-inch margin all around.

5. Cut the mozzarella in 1⁄3-inch slices and arrange over the cooked tomatoes the pan. Lay the dough, tapenade side down, on the cheese, and tuck in the overhanging flaps of dough. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until the crust is golden.

6. Let cool for a few minutes on a rack. Loosen the crust with a knife, cover the pan with an overturned serving plate, and, using oven mitts, flip the pan over carefully. Replace any tomatoes that may have stuck to the bottom of the pan where they belong.

Garnish with fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade.


  1. I've been wanting to tr this -- I can't wait until tomato time.

    I will join in your garden party!

  2. This tart looks delicious! I'll be trying it very soon. We are going to have a bumper tomato crop and this will be a marvelous way to use some of the bounty.

  3. Thanks so much for that recipe. I love summer tomatoes and am always looking for great ways to use them. Your recipe sounds delish!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  4. Looks wonderful and the recipe is easy and those are two of my priorities in the summer when cooking.

  5. Lovely pictures of beautiful things!

  6. Tomato pie kicked up a big notch. It looks soooooo good. Thanks for making it and sharing it with us.


    I love that watercolor!

    Oh que c'est beau!

    ..MMM the tarte tatin aussi!

  8. You are a very talented your watercolor. I would love to try your homemade granola recipe...yum! My tomatoes and basil are almost ready for this delicious looking recipe..I will be trying it for sure! I love poppies...just beautiful!

  9. Susan, I like the new look of your blog, very summery. Although, I have to admit, I really loved your "old" look. It was YOU... Your watercolor is lovely as are the photos of the poppies from your garden. The tomato tart looks delicious. YUM!

  10. Susan, everything is lovely. The watercolor is perfection, the photos of the poppies, and your wonderful recipes! Looking forward to the garden party.

  11. WOW! THAT TART LOOKS FANTASTIC! I am definitely making that with my tomatoes if they can make it in all this rain.

    Love the new look of your blog, always pretty! Always creative! Gorgeous poppies!

  12. Love your new look! So bright :-) I suppose it's time for me to redecorate too. You picked a great dish to flashback too. Hope I get some tomatoes this summer so I can give it a try with fresh from the garden goods! Looking forward to the garden party. It was so much fun last year. Thanks for joining me in the FF this week :-)

  13. I'm so glad you will join me for the Garden Party, Martha. I love everything you do in your garden so I can't wait to see what you show :)

    Thank you all for your very, very kind comments! I am honored :)

  14. I'll trade you some MC for this tarte;)!!! It looks absolutely gorgeous and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks!!! YUMMY!!!

    Your flowers are gorgeous too!!! I love the new summery and bright!!!


  15. We've got some nice tomatoes around here - I'll be giving this recipe a try. I love tomato tarts!

    Pretty blog!

  16. The tomato tart looks delicious - perfect summer recipe! But I think I would like the goat cheese..we have to convert you! lol

    I love the bright red poppies..trying them for the first time this year...

    Love your new look - your watercolors are all so beautifull...

  17. I was stunned when you new header appeared. .it is beautiful! I love this watercolor and it just screams SUMMER~! The yellows and oranges are right up my ally.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  18. The tart looks delicious and I would think wonderful with mozzarella, esp since you don't like goat! LOL
    Beautiful Poppies, I don't have any of those!

  19. Printing your Tomatoe Tart recipe. As soon as my tomatoes are ready I will be making it. Looks so good:)

  20. Susan...Thanks for stopping by...till now I have been a silent observer, but I have to comment on that tomato tart....yummo. I just did a parmesan/black pepper tart crust with a goats cheese/greek yogurt spread. Topped it with roasted red peppers and carmelized onions. Yours looks equally as good!

    And no, I am not Diane Keaton, tho I have been told I resemble her. Slightly. My friend Joy took the photo this spring when we were visiting. I nearly cried...I never look this good in real life!

  21. oh my God...this tart looks so GORGEOUS! tomato and mozzarella...perfect classic combo!
    It's my first time here in your blog, and seems like I came at the right time for your new look!

  22. The new summer look is gorgeous and the yellow really show off RED! This tomato tartin looks really good and I will bookmark it for August when we finally will see a fruit. I am also looking forward to the garden party - what fun it will be! I just love getting ideas from what other's share in these events and I KNOW your's will be amazing!

    I have to admit I have a little poppy envy this morning - I just don't seem to have much luck trying to grow these. The purple one leaves me speechless. Do you save your own seeds each year or buy new? Or do they self seed?

    With that gorgeous poppy water color as your new header we see how huge your creative talents are. I think I will start reminding you of your resolution to get back to painting in 2009 weekly ;) WOW, it truly is a gorgeous painting!

  23. Your watercolor is gorgeous, Susan, and very summery. I'm on a puff pastry kick and your tarte tatin looks wonderful. It won't be too long before we have some luscious local tomatoes.

  24. BEAUTIFUL flowers and yummy food... what is better than this!


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