Saturday, 21 August 2010

Weekend Cooking: Thyme Scented Tomato Pie

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My farmers market started up a few weeks ago and one of the stands had all these great looking tomatoes, which enabled me to try a recipe I have had in my recipe collection for years. It is called tomato and thyme pie and it looks and sounds amazing.

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Thyme Scented Tomato Pie

For 6-8 (all measurements are in metric)


2 dl white flour

1 dl whole wheat flout

150 g cold butter

2 tbsp ice cold water

1 yellow onion

1 glove garlic (I use more because we like garlic)

2 tbsp oil (I use olive oil)

5-6 medium tomatoes or 1 400g tin chopped tomatoes (I used fresh tomatoes)

1-1 1/2 dl roughly chopped basil

2 tbsp tomato paste

salt, pepper


1 kg fresh tomatoes (a mixture of shapes, sizes and colours is great)

salt to taste

2 tsp dried thyme (I used fresh because I’ve got loads of it in the garden)

1 tbsp olive oil

some fresh thyme for decoration


1. Start with the dough. Chop the flour and butter together to a grainy mixture. Add the cold water and work it into a dough. Let the dough rest for at least an hour in the fridge.

2. Peel and chop onion and garlic. Let it soften in the oil in a pan without going brown.

3. Remove the peel from the tomatoes. Cut them into four parts each and put them into the pan with the onions and garlic.

4. Add basil, tomato paste, salt and pepper to taste. Stir. Let the sauce cook on a low temperature for about 30 minutes. Taste (add more salt and pepper if you want). Let it cool off and leave in a cold place.

5. Heat the oven to 200C. Take the dough from the fridge and quickly press it into a pie dish (approximately 27cm in diameter)

6. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the dough and let it bake for about 15 minutes, it doesn’t matter if the edges fall down.

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7. Take the dough from the oven and spread the sauce on the base.

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Cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces (halve cherry tomatoes etc) and add them to the pie dish in an even layer. Sprinkle thyme, oil, salt and pepper over the tomatoes.

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8. Bake in oven for 30-45 minutes until the tomatoes have a nice colour and are bubbling.

I served it with a mixed dressed salad. It was enough for dinner for three adults and two lunch boxes.


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caite said...

a tomato pie like this is found in the Northeast of the US ...except they would probably add some grated cheese on top of the sauce, before the tomatos top it off.

Library Cat said...

This sounds delicious and must be making a comeback in the US - I saw a similar recipe in a magazine last week. Now that I know it is delicious, I might give it a try.

Thanks for the post!

Kaye said...

Ooh, I can almost smell that cooking and my mouth is watering. Great post! I'm going to have to give this one a try.

Ana S. said...

You know, there aren't many recipes that make me go I NEED TO TRY THIS. But this is definitely one :P

Beth F said...

Oh, oh, oh, oh --- I *must* make this. And on Tuesday I will be blessed with tons of great tomatoes (farmers market day). Thanks for this. It sounds heavenly and easy.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE tomatoes but have never eaten anything like this. I'll have to try it.

Peaceful Reader said...

This is perfect for all the tomatoes gathered on my kitchen counter! Thanks for the recipe and I just became your 4oth follower!

Meg @ write meg! said...

Oh, I love farmers markets -- it's so fun to see what fresh ingredients you can track down! This looks delicious; I love tomatoes. My grandmother got me hooked on them as a kid, and I've never shaken them.

JoAnn said...

I LOVE tomatoes... you can be sure I'll give this a try!

Heather said...

this looks so fancy but reading the directions, very doable. I look forward to giving it a try. Thanks

Anonymous said...

It looks yummy! I just took my similar baking pan out of the cupboard to make apple crumble. If I'd have had enough tomatoes I would have changed that for your tomato pie!

We're halfway our CSA season over here and will celebrate that next weekend with a garden dinner at our farmer's property. Looking forward to it!