Simplicity is the key to this striking tart where courgette is the hero. Make it as one large tart or four individual ones.

½ cup Parmesan, finely grated

1½ cups plain flour

pinch salt

150g butter, chilled

2–2½ tbsp water

200g mascarpone

2–3 medium sized courgettes

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

salt & pepper
egg or milk for brushing the pastry

 

Make the pastry by placing the Parmesan, flour and salt in a food processor. Chop the butter into small cubes and add to the flour. Pulse until the butter is broken up and the mixture looks like course breadcrumbs. Then, with the motor running, add the water, 1 tbsp at a time, until the pastry comes together into a ball. Wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Slice the courgettes into thin circles then toss with the olive oil and a generous pinch of salt and pepper.

Roll the pastry out into a rough circle, 1–2 cms bigger in diameter than a large dinner plate, or four 10cm circles. Place the rolled out pastry onto a lined oven tray and scribe a circle a cm in from the edge.

Spread the mascarpone over the inner circle. Then layer the courgette slices in tightly overlapping circles, starting at the edges of the circle and working your way to the centre. Once the circle is completely covered in courgette, fold the rough edges of the pastry over. Brush these edges with either a beaten egg or some milk for a golden crust.

Bake at 200°C for 40–50 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown. Serve warm or cold.

 

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