Tomato & curd cheese tart

Tomato & curd cheese tart

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Prep: 30 mins Cook: 1 hr Ready in 1 our 30 mins (plus chilling)

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Serves 8
Curd cheese is a soft, very creamy cheese, fabulous used with tomatoes as it is for this former cover star

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal278
  • fat17g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars4g
  • fibre2g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.58g
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  • 200g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 100g butter, cold and cubed



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 50g mature English cheddar, grated



    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • small bunch basil or flat-leaf parsley, leaves roughly chopped



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…

  • 175g curd cheese
  • 8 medium tomatoes, thinly sliced



    A member of the nightshade family (along with aubergines, peppers and chillies), tomatoes are in…

  • a little olive oil, to serve
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • handful mixed soft herbs, (we used chervil, mint and flat-leaf parsley), to serve


  1. Put the flour, 1⁄2 tsp salt and butter into a food processor and whizz very roughly – you want the butter to stay in fairly large clumps. Tip into a bowl, stir in two-thirds of the cheddar, then bring together to a soft dough with about 100ml ice-cold water – add a little more if you need to. Knead quickly, then wrap in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins. Mix the chopped basil or parsley and remaining cheddar into the curd cheese, then season.

  2. Dust the work surface with flour, then roll out the pastry to a long rectangle. Fold the top third down, then the bottom third up. Roll, then fold three more times to build up the flaky layers. Chill for at least 10 mins.

  3. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Roll the pastry until large enough to cut a round about 27cm across (use a dinner plate as a guide). Lift the pastry onto a lightly floured baking tray, prick with a fork, then bake for 15 mins. Let cool for a few mins.

  4. Spread the herby curd cheese over the pastry, taking it almost to the edge, then arrange the tomatoes on top in overlapping circles. Season and bake for 15 mins until the pastry is golden around the edges. Turn oven down to 150C/fan 120C/gas 2 and bake for another 30-40 mins until the tomatoes look quite dried out and the pastry is cooked through. To serve, let the tart cool a little, then drizzle with olive oil. Toss the herbs with more oil, then pile in the middle of the tart to serve.

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10th Jun, 2020
I made this in a loose-bottomed cake tin as the photo looked like it had been made that way, rather than on a flat baking sheet, and I was worried the topping would run off. The bottom of the pastry turned out soft and the edges were rock hard. Used oil from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes to drizzle over. I tasted so good and looked wonderful so I will have another go, but will leave it until completely cold before topping and will reduce the cooking time. Oh, and couldn't find curd cheese so used Philadelphia, and added garlic chives to the herbs.
30th May, 2016
I also used ready made pastry with a butter base. The tart was slightly greaser than I would have liked but it was straightforward to make and very pleasant to eat with a green salad.
18th Sep, 2008
I used cream cheese and ready made puff pastry, which made this recipe a bit quicker, and it turned out lovely!
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