Friday, June 29, 2012

Two Cheese, Zucchini and Tomato Jam Tart

Ingredients for the tomato jam:
2 pounds tomatoes on the vine (blanched with the skin removed), or roma tomatoes
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 T honey
1 lemon (juiced and zested) salt
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

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Ingredients for the crust:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
5 T olive oil
3/4 cup cold water

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1/2 cup tomato jam
 2 cups ricotta
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan, freshly grated, plus more for dusting over the top
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
3 T chives, chopped
2 zucchinis  

Preparing the tomato jam: 
Score and blanch the tomatoes, place in ice bath and remove skin. Place tomatoes, sugar, honey, lemon juice and zest, salt and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan. Stir and bring to a simmer and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Continue to cook allowing the mixture to come to about 220 degrees F or a thick syrupy consistency, stirring occasionally, about 45 to 50 minutes. Put jam into a jar or use immediately. 

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Preparing the crust: 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
In a large bowl combine flour, salt. Add oil, mix together with a fork. Add water and mix until absorbed; knead lightly. Turn dough on to a lightly floured work surface. Roll out flat into a shape to fit a tart pan. Lay over greased sheet pan. Rest for 30 minutes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

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Preparing the filling: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.    

Brush the bottom of the tart shell with the tomato jam. 

In a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta, egg, parmesan, basil and chives. Spoon into the tart shell. 

Using a peeler or mandolin (confidence permitting) shave the zucchini lengthwise into long strips. Cover the filling over the tart using the zucchini. Sprinkle strips with salt and place them in a strainer for 10 minutes to allow excess water to drain. Pat strips dry and lay them over top of the filling. Sprinkle the tart with parmesan and transfer to oven to bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool slightly before serving.


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