Savory Crown Tart

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • Yield:

    1

    tart, 9 inches in diameter, 2 to 2½ inches high (use proportionally more or less dough and filling for larger or smaller tarts)

Appears in

Bread

By Jeffrey Hamelman

Published 2004

  • About

This Next Product Looks Like a Pretty Crown of Sorts, dozens of golden balls doming in the center, keeping the filling a secret until the tart is cut. There are many possibilities for the filling, but don’t use any that are high in moisture, as the base of the tart will not bake fully.

Ingredients

Dough

U.S. Metric Home
Brioche Dough for the Base and Walls 10.6 oz 300 g
Brioche Dough for the Crown About 1 lb, 1 oz 480 g

Filling

Onions, Thinly Sliced 1 large
Garlic, Minced 2 cloves
Mushrooms, Thinly Sliced 6 oz
Roasted Red Peppers, Sliced 2 medium
Salt and Pepper to taste
Fresh Basil, Parsley, and Thyme to taste
Ricotta Cheese 5 oz 142 g cup
Parmesan Cheese, Grated to taste

Method

  1. Preparing the Filling: Sauté the onions in extra-virgin olive oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the roasted red pepper and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and season to taste with salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. Cool the mixture (it can be made a day or 2 ahead of time).
  2. Preparing the Brioche Base: Roll the 10.6-ounce piece of brioche dough on a lightly floured surface so that it is round and no more than ¼ inch thick. Use a 9-inch spring form pan without the bottom or an entremet mold, or a cake pan with a round of buttered parchment paper in the bottom to ensure easy release of the tart. Butter the side walls of the pan. Drape the dough over the pan, allowing as much dough as possible to fall into the pan, but leaving a rim of dough about 2 inches wide overhanging the top. Refrigerate the pan for at least 10 minutes to relax the dough. Remove from refrigeration and draw the overhanging dough into the pan as you press your fingers into the side walls of the pan. Don’t trim the excess dough yet.
  3. Making the Crown: Take the 1-pound, 1-ounce piece of brioche dough and divide it into 40 small pieces, each weighing .4 ounces (10 to 12 g). Solicit help if you can, as this can take a lot of time. Round each piece into a tight ball.
  4. Filling and Finishing the Tart: Spread the ricotta cheese over the base. Spread the cooled vegetable filling (or filling of your choice) over the ricotta, and sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the vegetables if desired. Top the filling with the little brioche balls, leaving a little space between each so they have room to expand during proofing and baking (you may have a few balls left over—this is better than crowding the balls). Trim the excess dough that still overhangs the walls. Proof for about 40 minutes at 80°F. Egg wash the balls and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes at 380°F. Lower the temperature by 10°F or 20°F if the dough is coloring too quickly. A full bake is important to ensure the bottom of the tart is cooked through. Cool for 30 minutes before carefully removing the pan.