These sweet tomato and feta tarts have a special, secret weapon to make them utterly moreish. They're baked in a crisp, rich, cheddar cheese pastry crust! At the risk of blowing my own horn, these are possibly my favourite savoury vegetable tart ever - try this pastry at least once and tell me what you think!
This recipe is brought to you by Woolworths Gold.
Just when you think you know someone, they can out of the blue surprise you with funny tales. Most kids love the idea of Disneyland and it is a a dream trip for most children (and adults like me). When Mr NQN was very small his whole hippy family made their way over to California to work on a commune and on the way there they went to Disneyland. Everyone was having fun but Mr NQN took one look at Mickey Mouse, promptly freaked out and burst into tears. Certainly an enormous mouse with a gigantic head is generally a little surreal at the best of times but it was all too much for the poor little munchkin. His mother Tuulikki particularly likes retelling this story, usually at times in front of people for maximum embarrassment.
Even today he can surprise me. He is not a fan of bakeries, cakes or tarts. Yet he loved these tarts and ate three of them in one go. Who'd have thought it?
Actually I kind of know why he loved them so much. You see these tarts have the very best savoury pastry ever. Like you have to make this tart and pastry at least once in your life but if you make it once, you'll definitely make it again. I got the idea to make a summer tart with these fresh Woolworths Gold Sweet Berry Truss Tomatoes and their Woolworths Gold Rosemary Bay Leaf & Juniper Fetta Cheese. I wanted to make the pastry case even better than normal though and upp the cheese factor.
Then I remembered the cheese biscuits that I had made for Christmas a few years ago! I decided base my tart crust recipe on this to give it an injection of flavour. I baked it blind and it was crisp and cheesy. In it went some onion, eggs, cream and some of the Woolworths Gold Rosemary Bay Leaf & Juniper Fetta Cheese which is a creamy Persian style feta made in the Yarra Valley using Australian milk. It's marinated in extra virgin olive oil with bay leaf, rosemary and juniper and is brilliant on toast or magic in tarts (and save the oil for a great salad dressing).
These were then topped with these adorable little Woolworths Gold Sweet Berry Truss Tomatoes (available in selected stores from late October). These glossy little tomatoes are shaped like little red strawberries and are strong in flavour. They are grown exclusively for them in Guyra, NSW and are hand picked and hand packed. I also oven dried some for sandwiches and that concentrated the flavour even more. With the remainder of them, I topped these tarts!
I know that the first three steps are about the pastry but this is a pushy recipe because the pastry is that moreish and it really makes this one of the best tarts you will eat. If it is any consolation the filling is an absolute cinch and you can also make the pastry a day ahead of bake them ahead of time and just fill them on the day that you serve them. In my head I have an imaginary bakery and these would be the tart crust I would use for all my imaginary savoury tarts that I would sell. I served these for lunch as well as dinner and you can make them round, rectangular (as shown) or even as a large square or round tart. Just make them (sorry I get a bit pushy when I love something).
So tell me Dear Reader, do you get pushy when you love something? Do you like telling people about things that you have discovered? What is your favourite fruit or vegetable of spring or summer?