Tomato tart with cheddar crust

Tomato tart with cheddar crust

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 4
The perfect centrepiece for a summer meal

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian


  • kcal545
  • fat38g
  • saturates21g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre3g
  • protein13g
  • salt1.38g


  • 175g plain flour
  • 85g butter



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

  • 85g strong cheddar, grated



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

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 600g cherry tomato
  • sprig thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 3. Blitz the flour, butter and cheddar in a food processor until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, then add the egg and whizz again until it forms a ball.

  2. Lightly dust a cool surface with flour and roll out the pastry. Line a 24cm loose-bottom tart tin with the pastry, then chill for 10 mins. Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and bake for 15 mins. Remove the paper and baking beans and continue to cook for a further 10 mins, then remove from the oven.

  3. Mix together the Dijon mustard and crème fraîche and spread evenly over the pastry base. Halve the tomatoes, remove the stalk and arrange in the pastry case. Sprinkle with thyme and freshly ground black pepper. Return the tart to the middle of the oven and cook for 30 mins. Reduce the heat to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2 and cook for a further 30 mins. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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mother_ship's picture
12th Aug, 2014
I used ricotta instead of creme fraiche but next time I would but a layer of parma ham under the tomatoes to stop the pastry getting soggy.
12th Oct, 2011
I changed this simply as I was lazy and didn't have mustard, but a load of orange and red cherry tomatoes from my garden. I used shop bought pastry case, so mixed cheese in creme fraiche and added tomato puree(why not!) The result was absolutely delicious and I am making 2 more later to use up the very ripe tomatoes. Might try mustard on one and puree in the other.
5th Aug, 2009
Lovely recipe, just long to cook. Would do it again and serve with some salad.
21st Jul, 2009
Favourful recipe. Pastry hard work, stuck on completion. Base ingredient mustard/creme fraiche good. Visually good. Would not cook again.
6th Apr, 2008
very disappointing lots of work and the mustard / creme fraiche was horrid, and we had to scrape it off underseasoned also
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