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tomato, celeriac and emmental tart

Last w/end I prepared a couple of tarts, something that I’ve not done for quite some time since it’s just “too easy”….not real cooking, not a real discovery…..yes, stupid to think that “real cooking” only consists of fancy, complicated dishes with an elaborate sauce presented carefully on a large plate !!!

So, a session of “home cooking” produced this magnificent combination of fresh Brittany tomatoes, emmental cheese on a base of celeriac (céleri rave, in French) caramelised in the sautoir. I have to thank my neighbour, Chloé, for giving me the desire to make a tart because when I popped in to see her a few days before she was preparing a tomato and emmental tart (along with another tart – onion and Dijon mustard…..one that I made also but didn’t do very well…tant pis !!). I took her lovely looking tomato tart and simply added some celeriac which I cut into small cubes (a rough mirepoix)…..the result was really tasty and went down very well with my family !!

The steps to follow are,

  • make short-crust pastry – the usual things…..250g flour, 125g butter, 1 egg yolk, small amount of water (2 tbls perhaps ?), 4g salt – and then keep in fridge whilst preparing the other ingredients
  • celeriac cut into small cubes and left to caramelise in butter (take out when soft and nicely coloured)
  • slice tomatoes and grate emmental
  • roll out pastry and put into tarte circle (I don’t remember what it is called in English !)
  • line the tarte with the celeriac
  • cover the celeriac with grated emmental
  • arrange the tomatoes in a “rosary” (rosace in French)
  • brush the tomatoes with olive oil and sprinkle poppy seeds across the tomatoes
  • ….and that’s it. Leave in the oven for approx 40 mins at 180°C, remembering to remove the tarte circle for the last 10 minutes of cooking time (to brown the outside of the tart).

    And the result ?…..

    tomato, celeriac and emmental tart - here you see up close the texture and colour of the tomatoes

    tomato, celeriac and emmental tart - you can see the different layers, starting with the celeriac

    Even the kids loved it !!!!

    Bonne appetit !

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