Quesnel Farmer's Market, Quesnel BC


Tomato and Basil Tart

1 cup Ricotta cheese
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 cup Grated asiago cheese
Dash hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup Chopped fresh basil
4 Plum tomatoes, sliced
2 Egg yolks
1 tbsp Olive oil
1 2/3 cup Flour
1 Egg yolk
1/2 tsp Dried thyme
1 tsp White vinegar
1/4 tsp Salt
Ice water
2/3 cup Shortening

In bowl, stir together flour, thyme and salt; with pastry blender or two knives, cut in shortening until crumbly. In measuring cup blend together egg yolk, vinegar and enough ice water to make 1/2 cup; sprinkle over flour mixture, tossing with fork until dough holds together. Press into disc; wrap and chill for 30 min.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 14" circle; fit onto 12" round pizza pan.
In bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup of the Asiago cheese, basil, egg yolks, salt and hot pepper sauce; spread over pastry.

Arrange tomatoes over top, pressing gently. Brush tomatoes with oil; sprinkle remaining Asiago cheese around border. Fold pastry border over filling. Bake in 425 degrees F oven for 25 min. or until crust is golden.

Submitted By: Cathie Allen