Zucchini and Tomato Tartlets With a Cheddar Crust (Serves 12)
For the crust:
170 grams all-purpose flour
65 grams whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
170 grams cold unsalted butter, cubed
3/4 cup/55 grams sharp cheddar, grated
1 large egg, whisked
For the filling:
3 medium zucchini, about 900g, trimmed and cut into 1cmcubes
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, more as needed
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons hot honey, more for drizzling if you like. You can use regular honey mixed with a pinch or two of cayenne.
1 tablespoon tarragon vinegar or white wine vinegar
3/4 cup fresh ricotta
1 large egg
3 tablespoons chopped chives
1 small garlic clove, grated
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
For the topping:
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk, for brushing the tops
6 tablespoons finely grated cheddar
Prepare the crust
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flours and salt.
Pulse in butter and cheddar until mixture resembles chickpeas.
Drizzle in whisked egg and ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, up to 6 tablespoons, pulsing occasionally until mixture is just moist enough to hold together. Form dough into a ball, wrap with plastic and flatten into a disk.
Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
While dough chills, prepare the filling.
Heat oven to 220 degrees.
On a rimmed baking sheet, toss zucchini and tomatoes with rosemary, salt, red pepper and olive oil; spread mixture out into one layer.
Roast, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are tender and golden, 40 to 50 minutes.
Stir honey and vinegar into the hot vegetables, then let cool completely.
Spray a muffin tin with nonstick spray or use a nonstick muffin pan.
Roll out dough to a 30-by-40-cm rectangle, trimming any rough edges. Cut into a dozen 10-by-10cm pieces and gently press each piece into the holes of the muffin tin, leaving the 4 corners hanging over the edges.
Chill dough for at least another 15 minutes. In a small bowl, whisk together ricotta, egg, chives and garlic. Season with a large pinch each of salt and black pepper.
Divide ricotta mixture into the bottom of each tart, using about 1 tablespoon each.
Top with the roasted vegetables. Fold edges of crust over filling. Brush tops of tarts with cream or milk and sprinkle with cheese.
Place muffin tin on a baking sheet and bake at 200 degrees until bubbling and golden, 20 to 25 minutes.
Drizzle tarts with a little honey (about 1/2 teaspoon per tartlet) if you like.
Cool slightly before serving.
The New York Times