Best ever tomato tarte tatin à la Mimi Thorissen

keskiviikko 28. heinäkuuta 2021


It has been a while since you've heard from me, but I've been quite busy cooling off in the sea and listening to books in shady spots. The heat has made any other activity except water sports unbearable. Even cooking hasn't been my top priority. Today I woke up at 5.30 and went for my morning swim just as the sun was rising. Three hours later the sky opened its dams and we were overjoyed. All the plants and trees have been thirsting for this skyfall for months. And I hope this rain that still is pouring down also saves our lawn that is in a really miserable state. 

This gorgeous tomato tarte tatin recipe I came upon in Mimi Thorissen's instagram flow @mimithor. It's one of her family favourites and now it's one of ours as well! The all-important thing is to use whole cherry tomatoes, not the big ones.

For one tart you'll need:

600 g cherry tomatoes (or enough to fill your tart pan)
1 pack (about 230 g puff pastry)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (I used salted butter)
2 teaspoons oregano
a few sprigs of fresh thyme for garnish (I put the thyme in when I added the oregano and the sugar)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C /400 degrees F.

In a large pan, melt the butter and sugar together. When it starts to caramelize, add the tomatoes and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle the oregano leaves and one tablespoon of sugar all over. Season with salt and pepper. Add the balsamic vinegar and reduce for 2 minutes. Place the tomatoes in a tart pan. Place the pastry on top of the tomatoes and tuck the sides in. Place the tart in the oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown. Leave the tart to rest for 5 minutes, then flip it over on a plate. Pour off as much excess liquid as possible. Garnish the tart with fresh thyme leaves. 

Together with a green salad this cold tart makes a lovely starter on a hot day. 

We celebrated Bastille Day, 14 July with a few friends and I served this tart as a starter together with our first harvest of haricots verts + a tarragon mayonnaise and filled zucchini flowers. 

The main course consisted of pike quenelles on a bed of caramelized fennel (own production) with a sauce made with crayfish fond, butter, cognac, white wine, a hint of cream and madeira. Served with boiled small new potatoes this dish was a winner.
You find the recipe (in Finnish) for the quenelles here 

The recipe for the crayfish sauce (Nantua sauce) can also be found in the archives (I added just a little bit of heavy cream and some madeira in the end)

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