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Author Notes: Inspired by the fresh fruit tart, this is a great way to showcase the beautiful colors and shapes of your heirloom tomatoes. Here I used a basic pie crust taught to me by my mother (with shortening), but you can use your favorite or ready made. - nannydeb —nannydeb
Food52 Review: What we love most about this summer tart is the fact that nannydeb doesn't cook the tomatoes, but rather leaves them to shine in all their juicy glory -- that, and the addictive combination of the tomatoes, creamy mascarpone, savory crust, and grassy, garlicky basil oil. What's more, we learned a nifty new technique: you can use a paste of flour and water instead of plain ice water to bring the dough together. This tart would make a very elegant first course, or, paired with a green salad, a perfect lunch al fresco. - A&M —The Editors
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup organic shortening
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup olive oil, give or take
- 1 garlic clove
- 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 3 medium heirloom tomatoes, different colors, sliced thin
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl sift together flour and salt. Remove 1/4 cup flour to a small bowl and add the water, making a paste.
- With a pastry cutter, cut the shortening into the flour in the large bowl. Add the paste and mix well.
- On a floured surface, roll out the pie crust to fit an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
- Prick the pie crust all over with a fork or use pie weights so that the crust doesn't bubble up while cooking.
- Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden, removing the pie weights after 13 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
- In a food processor, puree the basil, olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese with the lemon juice. Once the pie crust has cooled, spread the cheese on the bottom.
- Arrange the tomatoes on top of the cheese, sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle the basil oil on top. Cut into wedges and serve.
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