I'd like to dedicate this recipe to Molly53. When I could not find a tomato tart or pie on Zaar with cream cheese as a basis, she went to the trouble of converting a recipe and posting it for me in RR, which is really going to a lot of trouble! Thank you, Molly53!! This is not that tart, but in the end I put this together, and my severest critic, my husband, said the tart was fine. At the time of my request in RR I had lots of small plum tomatoes which in the heat became too overripe for salad but I could not bear to throw them out. I had a large chunk left of my favourite pastry, My Gran's Sour Cream Pastry, which had to be used, but I confess that I don't know how much I used for this pie.... The amount given is a guess. The taste is clean; I did not want to use mayo. Prep time does not include making the pastry.
- 8 ounces pastry dough (short or puff or the recipe given in the intro, you might need more or less)
- 4 ounces cream cheese (125 g)
- 1 pinch salt (to taste)
- 2 tablespoons green onions, finely chopped (spring onions)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon hot pepper, finely chopped (no seeds or ribs)
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh cream
- 1 egg
- 32 plum tomatoes, small (see photo, amount is approx.)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon sugar
- Heat oven to 420 deg F/210 deg C (to start with).
- Line a smallish oven dish with pastry, rolled out thinly. I used a rectangular dish. If you prefer, beat an extra egg and paint the pastry with egg, for a golden colour after baking.Keep pastry cold at all times, so put into fridge while you continue.
- In a bowl, mix together everything except the small tomatoes. My cream cheese was very firm and cold still, so I used an electric beater for quite a while to get the mixture to be smooth.
- Although fresh basil is plentiful, I felt that dried basil stood up better to oven heat than fresh basil.
- Take the pastry-lined dish from fridge, and spoon in the cream cheese mixture.
- Top neatly with the small tomatoes, and sprinkle over the 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 40 - 45 minutes, until some tomatoes start colouring, then wrinkle, and the cream cheese base puffs up. It will sink again as it cools.
- Lovely side dish with fried chicken pieces.