Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme

June 13th, 2007  | Category: Tarts and Pies, Vegetarian

Cherry Tomato Feta Cheese Tart

I am crazy about tarts. You should know that by now. Nearly half of the recipes I include in my blog are tarts. So it was strange to realize that I didn’t bake a savory one yet.

The second tart I baked over the weekend is this Cherry Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart with Fresh Thyme. Out of all three tarts, I liked this one the best. I planned on a quiche rather than a tart, but I am glad that I didn’t settle on the quiche. This is a much lighter choice, spot on especially on a hot summer day.

The feta cheese became crispy after nearly an hour of baking and cherry tomatoes developed a very sweet taste. Everyone who tasted it loved it. I saw a similar tart on Bea’s blog and decided to leave the stems on the cherry tomatoes just like she did. It looks so much better with the stems on. We didn’t even take them out while eating. Delicious!

Fresh thyme was added at the last 10 minutes of baking to prevent them from burning. After such a light and delectable savory tart, I can assure you there are lots of them on the way…

Pate Brisee (Tart Dough)


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, cold, cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ice-cold water


  1. Cut the butter into small cubes and put in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour and salt and pulse to combine.
  3. Add butter, and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. With machine running, add ice water through feed tube in a slow, steady stream, just until dough holds together without being wet or sticky.
  5. Test by squeezing a small amount of dough together; if it is still too crumbly, add a bit more water, 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. Turn out dough onto a parchment paper, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.
  7. The dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Tomato and Feta Cheese Tart


  • Pate Brisee, chilled in the refrigerator for at least an hour
  • 1 1/4 cups feta cheese
  • 35-40 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat your oven at 450 F.
  2. Butter and line a 9-inch tart pan with the dough.
  3. Crumble the feta cheese and lay on the bottom. Add salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Arrange the cherry tomatoes on top.
  5. Decrease your oven temperature to 425 F.
  6. Drizzle 1 tbsp of the olive oil on top and bake for 35-40 minutes until the edges of the tart dough are slightly browned.
  7. Take the tart out of the oven, sprinkle the fresh thyme sprigs and continue baking for 10 more minutes.
  8. Take the tart out of the oven, drizzle the remaining tablespoon of olive oil on top and let stand at room temperature until serving.
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  1. 1 - Pille on June 13th, 2007

    It looks really delicious, Cenk. And I agree that leaving the stems on was a good idea!

  2. 2 - Zeynep Seda on June 14th, 2007

    Cenk, tart looks really delicious! I haven’t tried eating the stems before, does it really taste ok?

    I have an advice for you; bake the tart without cutting the excess pastry on the edges. Cut the edges with a sharp knife (scrape the pastry by holding the knife horizontal to the edge of the tin) after it’s cooked and cooled down. I just discovered this technique, pastry doesn’t shrink during baking and you get beautifully shaped base every time.

  3. 3 - Cenk on June 14th, 2007

    They tasted fine to me. You can try one and decide for yourself.
    Thanks for the tip!

  4. 4 - Tartelette on June 14th, 2007

    Just gorgeous and so appropriate for a warm dinner outside!

  5. 5 - ayse on June 15th, 2007

    i started reading this blog 6-7 months ago and you are one of the few bloggers that i would like to meet if i had a chance to. your love of life, cooking, baking, food, friends, colors, photos, art just drove me into your blog and keeps me coming back to read more of you. just reading your blog makes me feel good. thanks for being in my life virtually by creating a blog like this, it’s a little secret daily treasure for me. i hope you never get bored and continue blogging.

    by the way the tart seems delicious and yummy. it seems as if its meant to be eaten during a late breakfast or a 5 o’clock tea served at the balcony. 🙂 keep cooking, baking and posting. wished there were even more to look at. i love it and can’t get enough of it. 🙂

    take care, bye

  6. 6 - Cenk on June 15th, 2007

    Ayşe – Thank you very much for such a heart-warming comment. Readers like you and comments like these motivate me to do better. I am very glad to hear that you enjoy reading my posts. I have a full-time job and I am doing my best to post regularly. I hope to post more, but there is only so much time to bake, take photos and write about these little adventures. Thanks again. Your comment really made my day!

  7. 7 - ayse on June 16th, 2007

    you’re welcome 🙂 although i can’t always reply to your posts you can be sure that i’m reading your blog! kolay gelsin!

  8. 8 - Zeynep Seda on June 16th, 2007

    Cenk this tart is fabulous!! I’ve been starving myself since last Saturday, eating only salad and soup to lose couple of kilos before holiday :), but couldn’t resist this lovely looking tart. I tried it yesterday and it turned out so yummy, so scrumptious! My AGA was too hot for the cherries so they were a bit burnt but other than that it was perfect. The smell of the thyme was irresistible so I ate three huge slices and manage to keep two (fairly small :)) pieces for my hubby. I have to add stems tasted really good!!

    Thanks for this beautiful recipe, YOU ARE A GREAT COOK!!!

  9. 9 - Sylvia on June 16th, 2007

    I actually love tomatos and this tarte looks delicius.In may I made a tatin with cherry tomatos and onions ,but i think that this that you amde is fantastic!

  10. 10 - Cenk on June 17th, 2007

    Thank you Sylvia!

  11. 11 - tugce on June 18th, 2007

    cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme… they made this tart look just perfect:) and when the cheese gets into the equation i’m sure this’s just as delicious as good-looking. perfect for summer evenings. gonna try it most definetly.

  12. 12 - Laura on June 22nd, 2007

    This is exactly the kind of food I like to eat.

  13. 13 - mz on June 27th, 2007

    Hafta sonu yapilacak parti icin bu tarti yapmak istiyorum, malzemeleri iki katina cikarirsam bir dengesizlik olur mu? Yaparken daha buyuk bir kalip kullanacagim.

  14. 14 - Cenk on June 27th, 2007

    Merhaba – Her seyi ayni oranda artirdiginiz zaman bir sorun olacagini sanmiyorum. Yalniz uyarmak isterim. Hamur cok kirilgan. Cok buyuk ebatta bir tarti kalibindan servis tabagina aktarirken zorluk cekebilirsiniz. Ufak boyda iki ayri tart yaparsaniz bence daha kolay olabilir. Afiyet olsun.

  15. 15 - mz on June 28th, 2007

    Isin o kismini hic dusunmemistim. 🙂 Tesekkur ederim. Iki tane yapmak daha mantikli.

  16. 16 - Sally on July 11th, 2007

    I’m pretty sure the stems are poisonous(presumably mildly since you are still posting)—they are in the nightshade family much like potatoes.

  17. 17 - Cenk on July 14th, 2007

    Ha! I didn’t know that, Sally.

  18. 18 - Suganya on August 9th, 2007

    Congratulations on yr much deserved win on DMBLGiT 🙂 Looks very pretty!

  19. 19 - Cenk on August 9th, 2007

    Thank you Suganya!

  20. 20 - Andy on August 18th, 2007

    Wow! This looks fantastic! What a beautiful recipe.

  21. 21 - Cenk on August 20th, 2007

    Thank you Andy.

  22. 22 - sunrise on October 26th, 2007

    I’ve tried this tart, it was awesome. Thank you, thank you…

  23. 23 - miya on December 6th, 2007

    This looks really good!! Thanks for posting this! Your pictures are amazing too!

  24. 24 - Paula on August 23rd, 2008

    Wow that’s a really beautiful tart! It sounds delicious.

  25. 25 - Richard on January 31st, 2011

    Dear Cenk, I made the tart this past weekend and it was delicious! I’m not a big fan of Feta cheese, regardless, it was wonderful. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  26. 26 - Annabel on August 5th, 2013

    An amazing tart – thank you!!

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