Two Easy Summer Tarts

Heirloom tomatoesI've been receiving so many beautiful tomatoes in my CSA delivers lately that I've been trying to come up with more easy recipes to use them up before it's too late. Confession: I like easy recipes. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of difficult, involved and time-consuming food experiments too. But, dude, I work a lot (I bet a lot of you do too). Sometimes you just need any easy dinner+dessert idea that can be ready in 30 minutes or less.Easy peach tartHeirloom tomato recipeOne item I keep in my freezer is puff pastry. You can make your own (maybe this should be a kitchen basic article some day?) or you can simply buy it. You can make anything from cinnamon rolls to savory tarts with a sheet of puff pastry. Here I made a simply tomato tart for a the main course and a quick peaches and cream one for dessert. All in under 30 minutes. Here's how:Tomato tartFor the tomato tart I used half a sheet of puff pastry. I smeared on a few tablespoons of homemade pesto (recipe later this week!) and layered on a few slices of fresh mozzarella and a few thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes. Then I drizzled on just a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The mozzarella was pre cut before I bought, and it was a little thicker than I would have preferred. This resulted in a very cheesy tart, which was still very delicious. I baked this at 375 F for about 20 minutes, until the crust was golden and puffy looking.Peach tartFor the peaches and cream tart I also used half a sheet of puff pastry (so one sheet makes dinner and dessert for two people!). I layered on slabs of cream cheese, fresh peach slices and then generously sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 F for 18-20 minutes.Peach tart recipeI like to bake on parchment paper, making clean up as easy as these recipes. Leaving plenty of time to unwind after an a quick and delicious dinner. xo. Emma

  • I just made the tomato tart today and everyone loved it! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  • Yes I need that puff pastry tutorial– If you let me know if you made it or when you are making it I will feature you in a post!!! Love and gratitude!!

  • I made the peach tarte last night for our neighborhood family dinner! SO yummy! thanks for sharing

  • These both look so delicious, I am not at all experienced with puff pastry though… Must give it a shot!

  • love this idea!! luckily I had some puff pastry left over from a bacon and egg pie I made… I altered the ingredients though. tomato paste (had no pesto otherwise would totally have used that! red onion and crushed garlic, spinach, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, pine-nuts, a dash of olive oil, and salt and pepper. YUMO!!! will def make again xxx

  • I made this for dinner and the mozerella and tomatoes made it super liquidy. I poorer the liquid off and put it in the oven for longer but the dough never really set. Any thoughts on where I went wrong? I still love the idea of it.

  • I must say these dishes are great, fun and easy to make. I teach professional ballet dancers. I am always telling them to look at such blogs. We work a lot but because of that, we need to eat well and healthy. So such ideas are great. Thank you. Ballet master Greenwood

  • I love your simple and delicious recipes, Emma! Thanks so much for sharing. It really helps in planning weeknight meals after I’m completely wasted from a long day of work.

  • This is a great new series, Elsie. I love seeing how other artists come up with their ideas and their process. Thanks for sharing!!

  • OMG! I just made the tomato tart and I LOVED it! I’m going to have a blog post on it coming soon! I’ll def link this post! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • I don’t even know what puff pastry is, but I want to eat both of your creations! YUM!

  • YOU GALS ARE SO CLEVER. Really. Can’t wait for your book!!

  • Super easy and delicious! I will definitely be trying these out!

    I made a super easy Pear, Honey and Ricotta Tart recently and it was to DIE for.

  • Bookmarked!
    I’m basically addicted to any caprese inspired dish so this one definitely fits the bill.

  • This is such a simple and awesome recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo Sarah

  • oh, man! we just finished up our peaches. looks like i’ll be stopping by the farm down the road tomorrow!

  • I might have a slight obsession with melted mozzeralla cheese, it’s super yummy on pretty much anything. These recipes do look super easy to put together. I’ll have to give them a try this week.

  • This looks so good! Name That Dress and win $50 with CopperEtiquette

  • Oh, please make an article on how to make puff pastry–I’ve been wanting to learn ever since a French friend made quiche that needed puff pastry.

    And wonderful article–the peaches and cream one looks amazing!

  • oh my freaking yum, i suddenly feel the need to go to the store & purchase puff pastry. like that will happen? ha!

  • I vote yes on the future puff pastry article! I love using puff pastry and would love it even more if I could make it from scratch. My favorite thing to do with it is to cut it into triangles and make little turnovers(savory or sweet)with it, which are perfect to take for picnics, etc!

  • That tomato tart looks so yummy–so fresh and easy!

    The Glossy Life

  • Those look amazing! Can’t wait to try them out : )

  • Oh my gosh these may be my favorite recipes so far. They’re so quick and easy and they look so good too!! I must definitely try it.

    Thanks!! .. Katrina

  • I cannot wait to try this! I’m all for the quick and delcious!! So excited for the homemade pesto recipe!!!

  • both look so yummy! Really need to buy/make some puff pastry, you can make such delicious things with it.

  • Wow, I love how simple, yet amazing these look! Will have to try them out for sure.

  • These look delicious and appetizing. Haha, I am actually feeling hungry now. Thanks for sharing them.

  • oh wow! They both look great and I am sure my children will love them…must try 🙂

  • thank you, Emma, for these easy and quick recipes! I’m a big fan too! I’ll try them, for sure.
    kisses from Barcelona!

  • The tomato tart is a perfect Italian recipe: just few high quality ingredients to make a wonderful dish!

  • wow,these dishes looks so amazing,so yummy!!

  • Hmmm great idea for these summer evenings, a quick but delicious dinner after a long day work and plenty of time to relax in the garden after

  • Yum, that tomato tart looks so good! xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • Wow! These look delish!!! I always keep puff in the freezer too – it’s so good for a quick and yummy looking fixall for unexpected guests at meal times! It’s winter here at the moment, but as soon as it’s peach season again, I am making that tart straight away!
    Sway xx

  • the peach ones look soooo good!

  • I’d love to try the peaches & cream tart!!! YUM!

  • Such a great idea for a quick easy and tasty dinner or weekend lunch.

    Carina xx

  • your food inspiration and ideas always look just too good!


  • MMMM. those looks SO good. I have to try them! You two should make a collaborative recipe book!!

  • Yum! these both look amazing! Thanks for the recipes 🙂

    Becky, K.

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  • this is fabulous, beautiful, simple and looks delicious! thank you so much!

  • The peaches and cream one looks TOTALLY DELISH! 🙂

  • Love those easy recipes myself!being on round 2 of raising kids, working a little and wanting time to create ……a quick and easy meal is a must!! Ta

  • These look yummy! I always keep frozen puff pastry and homemade pie dough. The best pleasure is quickly whipping up a comforting tart.

  • Yum! Love your recipes… both look delicious. I have had such an abundance of tomatoes this season! Always looking for new ways to use them…

  • YUM!! I feel like I must start keeping puff pastry in the freezer from now on.

    Awesome post

  • I totally agree, I love a complicated, make me feel like Julia Child for a day recipes…but sometimes with work, family, and LIFE I just can’t toil in the kitchen for hours. Both of these look easy and YUMMY:) Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Oh my gosh, I bet those peaches were delicious! They look so tasty.

    Next time you feel like making a recipe that takes a little more time, you should try my tomato pie recipe!

  • That peaches and cream tart. Yum. Some marscapone cheese mixed with vanilla would be delicious too.

    – tianna 🙂

  • The peaches & cream look so DELISH!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • These look so wonderful! How delicious! Thanks so much for sharing these super simple creative recipes!

  • The peach one looks divine! Nothing against the other, I’m just not big on tomatoes myself. I love how quick and easy they are. Puff pastry is awesome.

  • Would love to try these sometime! I could only imagine what a chocolate-y dessert would be like… yum!

  • I am obsessed with tomatoes in the worst (best?) way and have been dying for more wildly easy dishes beside Caprese salad – this certainly does the trick. Thanks for sharing!

  • This is great! I’m with you on needing the easy, fast recipes. I try to work in the longer ones once in awhile, but those take planning when you are busy! Thanks for sharing something delicious, healthy, fast, and easy.

  • These both look so easy and delicious!! There’s nothing better than pesto, fresh mozzarella, and heirloom tomatoes in the summer. It would also be really cute to make these into bites for appetizers.

  • The tomato tart looks delicious…anything with mozzarella is yummy.

  • Both of these look INCREDIBLE! Thanks so much for sharing — I’m going to have to keep puff pastry in my freezer now! 😉

  • The tomato tart looks great. I love making little puff pastry shells filled with spinach or other vegetables!

  • hmm, these look delicious! thanks for sharing 🙂
    i’m moving to my own place in two weeks, puff pastry will definitely be something i’ll keep in my freezer!
    xo, cheyenne

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