so, i'm going to cut right to the chase here - it's the season of indulgence, the time of year when rich and fancy foods take the cake... oooh cake... *starts daydreaming about cake* sorry, i got carried away. what i'm trying to say is that xmas is usually when we allow ourselves to indulge on foods that we wouldn't normally eat - all without guilt of course. now being someone who loves to cook and entertain, i love to spoil my friends and family with delicious and decadent foods - but just sometimes you want to have lunch or a bbq and not end up nursing a foodbaby. now don't get me wrong, i love indulging at xmas time, but sometimes you just want something light - i mean, it is summer after all.
this tart is the perfect mix of deliciously indulgent and light and summery. it's literally the easiest thing to make ever - and it's also the yummiest tart you ever will eat!*
* this may be a completely biased opinion
(recipe makes one tart)
preheat the oven to 180oC / 160oC fan-forced. grease the tart tin with non-stick cooking spray. line the tart tin with pastry (you may need more than 1 sheet based on the shape and size of your tart tin), and trim away the excess. cover the pastry lined tart tin with baking paper and fill with rice, beans or pastry weights. blind bake the tart shell for 15minutes or until golden brown.
to a large bowl, add the room temperature cream cheese, chopped tomatoes, chopped mozzarella, chopped basil and minced garlic – using a spoon or spatula mix together ingredients until they are thoroughly combine. season with salt and pepper to taste.
once the tart shell is cool, fill with the cream cheese mix and spread out evenly. top the tart with cherry tomatoes, basil leaves and mini bocconcini; alternatively. chill in the fridge for an hour or until firm to the touch - enjoy.
please note that this tart is seriously addictive, so don’t be afraid to have a second slice. it should also be noted that this tart is best served with friends
i'd love to see your creations, if you make this delicious caprese tart share it with me by using the hashtag #mrtimothyjames on social media.
what's one food you're addicted to? do you think a foodbaby is a christmas essential? tell me all of the things in the comments below!
love and indulgence timothy xx