This has to be one of the easiest and tastiest side dishes. For variation, try basil or dill instead of the thyme. Serve with bread and a green salad.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400°F Slice the tomatoes and closely pack together in a single layer in an ovenproof dish. Season with salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar.
- Stir together the cream, garlic, thyme and cayenne, if using, add salt and pepper if you like, then trickle over the tomatoes.
- Scatter over the cheese, then bake for 30 minutes until golden and bubbling.