Here come the tomatoes. And we’d better be ready. They will appear at the table in all their savory guises– or all alone, by themselves, because that’s usually all that’s needed.
But here’s a sweet twist on tomatoes. I offered up something similar in culinary school for a student contest. Made it to finalist. But now many years later I think I’ve perfected it even more. It’s a surprising taste. Sugar and Tomatoes. A taste you’ll cherish from now on.
I start with 2 medium tomatoes, sliced about a 1/4″ thick into half-moons. Lay them out in a colander and salt them well. Let them release some of their juices for about 1/2 hour.
Then I make my favorite tart pastry recipe. (See below.) Roll it out into an informal circle.
Then move it to a parchment or silpat-lined pan.
Drizzle a light layer of honey.
And start laying out the tomato slices in a circular pattern.
Filling in the center. Then sprinkling with sugar. I used Demerara sugar and white sugar, but use your favorite-tasting sugar.
Fold in the edges of the dough. Brush with an egg wash…
Sprinkle more sugar over the dough. Here I’ve also added some sparkling finishing sugar.
You need a good amount of sugar. That’s what makes the tomato flavor pop in this not-usual direction. Bake for about 35 minutes in a 375 degree oven until golden. Let it sit a bit before slicing. Sometimes juices accumulate in a puddle around the tomatoes when you first take it out, but then absorb into the galette as it cools for a few minutes.
Add to the sweet-savory combo by tearing a few basil leaves on top. The flavors do an unusual dance on your taste buds, then relax long enough for you to say: “Can I have another slice?”
Sweet Tomato Galette
2 medium tomatoes, sliced into 1/4” half-moons
salt for sprinkling
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons Demerara sugar, divided
3 tablespoons white sugar, divided
2 tablespoons sparkling finishing sugar
1 egg for egg wash
5-6 basil leaves, torn
For the pastry dough:
1.5 cups flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 stick unsalted butter (8 tablespoons)
1/4 cup cold white wine
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Make the pastry: Add the flour, sugar, salt and butter to the bowl of food processor. Pulse until the mixture is crumbly with small pea-sized pieces. Add wine. Pulse until mixture comes together as a dough. Turn dough out onto a work surface and press together into a thick disc. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes-1 hour.
Meanwhile, salt the tomato slices and let drain in colander for about 1/2 hour.
Remove dough from refrigerator. Roll it out into an informal circle on a lightly floured surface to about a 1/8” thick. Move to a parchment or silpat-lined sheet pan. Drizzle honey evenly over surface.
Place tomato slices in an overlapping circle, leaving about a 2-inch border of dough. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar, and white sugar. Fold in edges of the dough, overlapping. Brush dough with egg wash. Sprinkle more of both sugars over dough and the sparkling finishing sugar.
Bake for about 35 minutes until golden. When cooled, sprinkle with basil leaves.