handful basil leaves, shredded, plus a few small ones left whole for scattering
For the pastry
280g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
140g cold butter, cut into pieces
Prep:40 minsCook:40 mins
make the pastry, tip the flour and butter into a bowl, then rub
together with your fingertips until completely mixed and crumbly. Add 8
tbsp cold water, then bring everything together with your hands until
just combined. Roll into a ball and use straight away or chill for up to
2 days. The pastry can also be frozen for up to a month.
out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to a round about 5cm larger
than a 25cm tin. Use your rolling pin to lift it up, then drape over
the tart case so there is an overhang of pastry on the sides. Using a
small ball of pastry scraps, push the pastry into the corners of the
tin. Chill in the fridge or freezer for 20 mins. Heat oven to 200C/fan
In a small roasting tin, drizzle the tomatoes
with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
Put the tomatoes in a low shelf of the oven.
Lightly prick the base of the tart with a
fork, line the tart case with a large circle of
greaseproof paper or foil, then fill with baking
beans. Blind-bake the tart for 20 mins,
remove the paper and beans, then continue
to cook for 5-10 mins until biscuit brown.
When you remove the tart case from the
oven, take out the tomatoes, too.
While the tart is cooking, beat the eggs
in a large bowl. Gradually add the cream,
then stir in the basil and season. When the case is ready, sprinkle half the cheese over
the base, scatter over the tomatoes, pour
over the cream mix, then finally scatter over
the rest of the cheese. Bake for 20-25 mins
until set and golden brown. Leave to cool
in the case, trim the edges of the pastry,
then remove from the tin. Scatter over the
remaining basil and serve in slices.