Provencal Tart with Gruyere and Herbes de Provence Recipe

I stumbled on Once Upon a Tart the first time I visited New York, and have made it a point to visit every time I go back. This place is so cute it hurts. Perfect tarts, muffins, and cookies peek at you from the front windows- I would always stock up with a box of treats to take back home to San Francisco. Usually by the time I was scheduled to fly out, the only thing left were crumbs. Go figure.

Well, lucky for us west-coasters Frank and Jerome wrote a cookbook-and it is seems to be as cute and tasty as their shop. I got this book a couple weeks ago, and when I came across some amazing deep red small vine tomatoes yesterday I decided it was time to crack the binding on this baby, and make the classic tomato tart with delicious Gruyere cheese.

It was almost 10 o'clock last night when I finished this recipe, everything went pretty much as planned. I didn't get home until 7:30, so that was part of the problem. Next time it wont take as long because I have one more ball of tart dough ready to go in the fridge.

My one problem was shrinkage. This isn't the first time a tart shell has decided to shrink quite a bit on me while it is baking. The tart doesn't even reach the top of the pan after it is done baking. I think it is time to use something heavier than white beans as pie weights.

The tart was delicious, the cheese added a nice strong flavor, and the mustard offered up a bit of a surprise flavor (but don't overdo the mustard, it can easily overpower the whole tart). The crust was nice and flaky, the semolina flour added a subtle amount of structure to the crust .

Overall, perfect with a small mixed green salad.

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