740g ripe plum tomatoes
150g soft goats' cheese
4 teaspoons fresh chopped thyme, plus a few small sprigs
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt and freshly milled black pepper
You will also need a large baking tray, lightly oiled.
Pre-heat the oven to 190C.
Place a sheet of pastry on the baking sheet. Then, using a sharp knife, carefully score a line of the pastry, about 1cm in from the edge, all the way around but be careful not to cut it all the way through.
Now tip the goats' cheese into a small bowl, add the crushed garlic, chopped thyme and a good seasoning of salt and freshly milled black pepper. Then give it all a good mixing, and using a small palette or other round-bladed knife, carefully spread the cheese mixture evenly all over the surface of the pastry, right up to the line.
Next, thinly slice all the tomatoes (no need to peel) and arrange them on top of the goats' cheese in overlapping lines lengthways; overlap one line one way and the other the next to it the other way. After that, season the tomatoes and then drizzle the olive oil and scatter the sprigs of thyme all over them.
Bake in the pre-heated oven on a middle shelf for 55 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the tomatoes are roasted and slightly charred at the edges. If you are going to serve the tart warm, leave it to settle for about 10 minutes before cutting into squares.