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Summer Pleasure: Recipe for Tarte fine aux Tomates

This recipe is shared by Aurelie at Avignon Gourmet Tours:

There’s a recipe I have wanted to make for a while now (Tarte fine aux Tomates), but I decided to remain patient as I wanted to make sure I would get the best possible tomatoes, ripened in the hot Provence sun. And, as I went to the farm yesterday and saw all the colourful, gorgeous looking tomatoes, I knew there was no need for me to wait any longer… follow the rest of Aurelie’s journey on her summer market shopping day.

Provencal Tomato Tart @AvignonGourmet

Tarte fine aux Tomates

Sun kissed ripened tomatoes in a tarte aux tatin with a sharp Parmesan, sweet Mascarpone cheese and fresh basil spread, baked to perfection on light and flaky puff pastry.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch Dish
Cuisine French, Provencal, Vegetarian
Servings 6 people


  • 350 gr Puff Pastry I chose all-butter organic pastry
  • 1.5 kg Tomatoes all around the same size
  • 150 gr Mascarpone cheese
  • 50 gr Grated Parmesan
  • 1 good bunch Fresh Basil finely sliced
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil good quality


  • Preheat your over to 200°c / 400°F / Gas 6.
  • Roll the puff pastry to a circle slightly larger than 30cm and let in rest in the fridge while you prepare the tomatoes.
  • Remove the cores from the tomatoes.
  • Slice them about 5mm thick.
  • Mix the mascarpone cheese with the parmesan and basil and season well.
  • Spread the cheese mixture across the centre of the pastry leaving about 10cm at the edges.
  • Layer the sliced tomatoes around the outside of the cheese making a full circle.
  • Continue towards the centre in ever-decreasing circles.
  • Drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake the tart in the preheated oven for 30 minutes
  • Then turn the oven down to 150° / 300°F / Gas 2, and bake for further 45 minutes.
  • The tart can be eaten warm or at room temperature.
  • Bon appétit !
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