Two Easy Summer Tarts

Heirloom tomatoesI've been receiving so many beautiful tomatoes in my CSA delivers lately that I've been trying to come up with more easy recipes to use them up before it's too late. Confession: I like easy recipes. Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of difficult, involved and time-consuming food experiments too. But, dude, I work a lot (I bet a lot of you do too). Sometimes you just need any easy dinner+dessert idea that can be ready in 30 minutes or less.Easy peach tartHeirloom tomato recipeOne item I keep in my freezer is puff pastry. You can make your own (maybe this should be a kitchen basic article some day?) or you can simply buy it. You can make anything from cinnamon rolls to savory tarts with a sheet of puff pastry. Here I made a simply tomato tart for a the main course and a quick peaches and cream one for dessert. All in under 30 minutes. Here's how:Tomato tartFor the tomato tart I used half a sheet of puff pastry. I smeared on a few tablespoons of homemade pesto (recipe later this week!) and layered on a few slices of fresh mozzarella and a few thinly sliced heirloom tomatoes. Then I drizzled on just a little olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. The mozzarella was pre cut before I bought, and it was a little thicker than I would have preferred. This resulted in a very cheesy tart, which was still very delicious. I baked this at 375 F for about 20 minutes, until the crust was golden and puffy looking.Peach tartFor the peaches and cream tart I also used half a sheet of puff pastry (so one sheet makes dinner and dessert for two people!). I layered on slabs of cream cheese, fresh peach slices and then generously sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 F for 18-20 minutes.Peach tart recipeI like to bake on parchment paper, making clean up as easy as these recipes. Leaving plenty of time to unwind after an a quick and delicious dinner. xo. Emma

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