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Tomato Tart Tatin and Rosé from Provence

This Tomato Tarte Tatin starter was so gorgeous on the eye that everyone who came to our Mirabeau lunch was already talking about it before they even sat down. It combines all the delicious flavours of Provence in a super-concentrated way, giving you a fantastic starter to a sunny meal, or work it as a stand-alone lunch with some salad or fine beans. The recipe was previously published by Mirabeau Wine.

Tarte tartin aux tomates et olives @MirabeauWine

Tarte Tatin aux Tomates (Savoury Tomato Tart)

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It helps that everyone already knows and loves Tarte Tatin, the upside-down caramelised apple tart, so it’s great fun to adapt this technique for vegetables. The crust is easy to make and given that it’s baked upside-down the lovely juices only really soak into the pastry once it’s already crispy and baked, a big bonus in tarte terms. It’s easy, cannot really go wrong and is guaranteed to give your guests a big vibe of Provence, so just have a go at making one!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch Dish
Cuisine Provencal
Servings 6 people


For the Crust

  • 200 g Flour
  • 100 g Butter room temperature
  • A Pinch Salt
  • A Few drops Water if needed

For the Caramel

  • 60 g Butter
  • 100 g Sugar
  • 5 tsp Aceto Balsamico

For the Filling

  • 25 Cherry Tomatoes
  • 6 Medium tomatoes very firm, multi-coloured
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 5 branches Thyme

For the Topping

  • 150 g black olives (pitted)



  • Prepare the dough for the crust in a bowl by rubbing the butter, salt and flour between both hands until everything is perfectly crumbly
  • Form the crumbles into a ball on the bottom of the bowl. In case it won’t stick together just yet, add a few drops of cold water and try again. Repeat if necessary.
  • Once the dough sticks together, cover it with foil and put in the fridge to chill for at least one hour.


  • Prepare a tarte tatin mould (alternatively a deep oven-proof pan or another baking mould).
  • In a heavy saucepan, melt sugar slowly at medium temperature until it is dissolved and turns into a slightly golden coloured caramel. Don’t try to rush by using higher heat because the sugar burns easily and then turns bitter.
  • Then carefully add the butter to the caramel and – being prepared for a vividly bubbling hot liquid – cautiously add the Aceto Balsamico, too.
  • Swirl both ingredients into the caramel until everything is well combined and take off the heat.
  • Instantly pour the caramel into the baking mould, making sure to evenly cover the base and put it somewhere safe to cool down.


  • Preheat oven to 250 °C (upper and lower heat).
  • Wash tomatoes. If you use bigger tomatoes with a lot of pulp, cut off the top and remove the watery seeds.
  • Place all the tomatoes on the cold caramel, with their cut off tops or the stem marks facing up.
  • Peel and cut garlic into very thin slices. Pick the thyme leaves from the branches. Sprinkle garlic and thyme over tomatoes, generously season with salt and pepper.
  • Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it to a circle which is about 10 cm larger in diameter than the baking mould.
  • Cover the tomatoes with the crust and and tuck the excess gently into the sides of the mould. Using the tip of a knife, cut a few small holes into the crust.
  • Put the tarte into the oven and bake it for 25 to 30 minutes until the crust is golden brown.
  • Let the tarte cool down for 5 minutes, cover the mould with a tight fitting plate or platter and flip it over in one swift motion while the caramel is still warm and liquid. Set aside until it has cooled down completely, top with the olives and then serve.
  • Bon appétit from the Mirabeau kitchen and enjoy this tart with a nice glass of Rosé – you deserve it.
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Stephen had been in the corporate world for 15 years and in August 2008 turned down a promotion that would have meant more money but also more stress, longer hours and less time with his young family. For many years the Cronks had been dreaming and talking about moving to France to make their own wine, but the moment never seemed quite right to make the big leap.

Soon after, a good redundancy offer seemed the perfect opportunity to turn the dream into reality and after selling their beloved house, they left the leafy suburbs of south-west London in August 2009. Their worldly possessions were packed up on the back of a truck and with barely a word of French between them, the family headed south to a small village called Cotignac, in the heart of Provence.

The Cronks spent a year getting their bearings, learning to live the provençal way, as Stephen was criss-crossing the country researching and finding the best vineyards to work with. The next step was setting up a small wine business with the principle objective of making a Provence rosé that would be regarded as one of the very best from the region, while building a brand that people would grow to love. In order to achieve this aim, they put together a highly experienced winemaking team and threw their heart and soul into the brand and innovative communications with their customers. Mirabeau is now being sold in more than 30 markets, has won medals and earned acclaim from some of the world’s toughest wine critics, but what really makes Stephen happiest is that their wines are an integral part of people having a great time together.

Read more about the Mirabeau Wine story here.

1 Comment

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    November 29, 2016 at 5:36 pm — Reply

    I love a good tomato tart, and this one looks especially good!

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