If I have some I love to use Tapenade on this tart, but if you don't have any or don't like it then it is just as delicious with some fresh Basil Pesto or for a spicier version, my Spicy Red Pesto. Why not try them all and see which one is your favourite?!
Serves 2 for a light and delicious lunch (easily doubled)
1/2 block of puff pastry
1 tbsp Tapenade (or if you prefer you can use Pesto)
2-3 vine ripened tomatoes (if you can get them use different colours)
1-2 balls of mozzarella
Fresh basil leaves
Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
Salt & Pepper
Flour for dusting and rolling
A little milk for brushing the edge with (optional)
Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/GM 6 and then line a baking tray with parchment paper to stop the pastry sticking.
Sprinkle a little flour over a large chopping board, or other surface and roll the pastry out so that it's about 1/4 inch thick. Carefully score a border about 1cm around the edge of the pastry then prick the inside (not the border) all over with a fork.
Spoon over the tablespoon of tapenade or pesto so that it is lightly covered then top with the sliced tomatoes and mozzarella layering alternately until the whole tart is covered (making sure to keep the border free). If you like brush a little milk over the edge of the tart.
Sprinkle with some salt and pepper then finish with a drizzle of olive oil over the top then cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden and crispy and the mozzarella is melted.
Just before serving scatter over some fresh basil leaves and if you fancy it some thinly sliced fresh chilli. Serve with a side salad and a nice cold glass of wine for the perfect Summer lunch.
*If your mozzarella is quite wet and you are worried about the pastry being soggy you can always pop it in the oven after pricking it all over with the fork and baking it for roughly 10 minutes until just starting to turn golden. Press the center down a little if it has risen then continue with the recipe as above starting by spreading over the tapenade. Finish it off in the oven for another 8-10 minutes until the cheese is golden, melted and bubbling.