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Thu Sep 03 19:13:04 SAST 2015

Tomato tart with olive-oil pastry

Hilary Biller | 25 March, 2012 20:56

Revered for centuries, its branch a sign of peace, this humble fruit adds zing to many a dish, writes Hilary Biller


  • Pastry:
  • 210g (1 cups) self-raising flour
  • 60g ( cup) cake flour
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • 125ml ( cup) cold water
  • 125ml ( cup) olive oil
  • 60ml ( cup) black olives, pitted and finely chopped
  • Topping:
  • 4-5 firm red tomatoes, sliced
  • Generous pinch of caster sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, for drizzling
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) freshly grated parmesan, plus extra shavings to serve
  • Fresh basil, to serve


This versatile, easy pastry is good for both savoury and sweet applications. It can be doubled and frozen. Make a wholewheat version by replacing the cake flour with wholewheat. If you want a sweet dough, add about 60ml ( cup) caster sugar to the flour and salt. I have added chopped olives here for a different flavour.

Serves 4-6

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flours and salt. Whisk together the water and olive oil and pour into the flour, adding the olives. Using a wooden spoon, mix until you have a dough. Don't knead the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out and line the base of a greased 23cm tart pan with a removable base, or a rectangular pan.

Bake the pastry blind (line with greaseproof paper and weigh this down with dried beans) in a preheated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes. Remove the paper and beans and return to oven for a further 5 minutes.

Sprinkle the tomatoes with sugar and season. Arrange the slices over the tart to cover the pastry. Drizzle with a little oil and sprinkle with the grated parmesan. Return to the oven for 5 minutes. Slice and serve garnished with the parmesan shavings and basil.


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