Total Time
2hrs
Prep 1 hr
Cook 1 hr

While looking for leek recipes I came across this interesting tart which I haven't made yet but will be making soon. Recipe source: Bon Appetit (August 1984)

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 3 cups flour
  • 13 cup sugar
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 -6 leeks, white and light green parts only, cut into 2-inch lengths and sliced inot 1/4 " juliene (about 4 cups)
  • 13 cup shallot, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pinch saffron, crushed and dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 2 tablespoons anise liqueur
  • 12 cup parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 10 ounces Fontina cheese, grated
  • 10 tomatoes, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 23 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened

Directions

  1. To make the pastry: in a food processor combine 3 cups of flour, sugar and salt until on/off turns. Add fennel and process for 30 seconds. Blend in 1 cup of butter (broken into pieces) using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add eggs while machine is running and mix just until dough comes together. You may need to add a bit more flour if dough doesn't come together. Remove dough from processor and shape into disc and wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  2. To prepare filling: melt the 3 T of butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add leeks and shallots and cook until soft (10 minutes). Add garlic and saffron and stir 2 minutes more. Blend in liqueur and cook for 2 more minutes or until it evaporates. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper. Cool to room temperature before proceeding.
  3. To assemble tart: preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  4. On a floured board roll dough out to fit 11-inch tart pan circle (about 1/4 inch thick). Fit into pan with a removeable bottom, and trim edges. Chill 30 minutes.
  5. Line pastry with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake for 8-10 minutes, remove foil and weights and bake for 10 more minutes or until golden.
  6. Spoon in leek mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Top with tomato slices, overlapping circles.
  7. Whisk together eggs, cream and salt and then pour over filling.
  8. Set tart on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes or until filling is set. Brush with melted butter during last 5 minutes of baking. Cool in pan on rack.

Reviews

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Wow! Tasty and fattening! But a treat! I did use frozen pie crust! I used 3 leeks which was 4 cups sliced. I soaked in cold water to remove all the sand then towel dried. I added crushed fennel seeds to the leeks when cooking. Loved the slight anise flavor thoughout this. I do suggest skipping the saffron (expensive) it does get lost in this tart. There is no way 10 tomatoes can fit on the tart unless they are very very small. I used 4 and you can see in thepictures it was plenty! I can`t wait to make this with summer home grown tomatoes.

Rita~ January 23, 2006

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