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Wednesday
Aug192009

A crispy Tomato Semolina Tart

Try this wonderful summertime tart courtesy of Market Hall Foods in the Rockridge area of North Oakland.

1 1/2 cup “00” flour
1/3 cup semolina
1 tsp. salt
6 TB cold unsalted butter, cubed
ice water

3 TB black olive pate
6 heirloom tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried oregano
salt & pepper

In a food processor, pulse the two flours and salt together for a few seconds.  Add the cubed butter and pulse 10-15 times until the mix resembles coarse meal. Drizzle in 1 - 2 tablespoons of ice water until a dough begins to form. Remove the dough and knead briefly, forming a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Oregano  Once the dough has chilled, roll into a 8 - 10 inch round. We like the rustic look of a hand-crimped edge, but you could use a tart pan if you prefer. Spread the olive pate on the base of the tart and top with overlapping thick slices of tomato. Shake a little oregano on top and season with salt & pepper. Slide into a 375 degree oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the tomatoes are slightly shriveled and the crust is slightly browned.

Cool completely and serve in wedges with a simple arugula salad dressed with lemon and olive oil. A nice glass of wine and you’ve got an elegant outdoor dinner or perfect picnic!

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