Caramelized Garlic Tart


Tender sauteed garlic cloves make a flavorful filling for this quiche-like tart from chef Yotam Ottolenghi; the recipe appears in his cookbook, "Plenty."Photo credit: Jonathan Lovekin


  • 13 ounces puff pastry, defrosted if frozen

  • 3 medium heads of garlic, cloves separated and peeled

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

  • ¾ tablespoon sugar

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme, plus 3 sprigs for garnish

  • ¾ teaspoon fine sea salt

  • 4 ½ ounces soft, creamy goat cheese, such as chevre

  • 4 ½ ounces hard, mature goat cheese, such as goat gouda

  • 2 large eggs

  • 6 ½ tablespoons heavy cream

  • 6 ½ tablespoons creme fraiche

  • Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Roll out puff pastry into a 16-inch circle. Fit puff pastry into an 11-by-1 1/2-inch round fluted pan with a removable bottom. Place a parchment paper-round on top of puff pastry; top with pie weights or dried beans. Transfer to refrigerator; chill for 20 minutes.

  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer tart shell to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove weights and paper and bake until pastry is golden, 5 to 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside.

  3. Place garlic cloves in a small saucepan filled with water. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer; simmer for 3 minutes. Drain and return cloves to saucepan. Add olive oil and place saucepan over high heat; cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic is fried, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and 1 cup water; bring to a boil and immediately reduce to a simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Add sugar, rosemary, chopped thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Continue simmering over medium heat until most of the liquid has evaporated and garlic is coated in a dark caramelized syrup, about 10 minutes more. Remove from heat and set aside.

  4. Break both goat cheeses into pieces and scatter in tart shell; spoon garlic cloves and syrup over cheese. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, cream, creme fraiche, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Pour egg mixture over cheese and garlic filling, making sure the cheese and garlic are still visible.

  5. Transfer tart to oven and bake until tart filling is set and top is golden brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before removing tart from pan. Trim tart as necessary and garnish with thyme sprigs; serve.

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