Gluten-Free Heirloom Tomato Tart with Pecorino Crust

Tomato Tart
Shauna James Ahern
  • Yield: 8 servings


60grams Aherns AP flour (approx. 2 oz)
40grams fine almond flour (approx. 1.5 oz)
4tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 cubes and chilled thoroughly
1/2teaspoon guar gum
2cups grated Pecorino romano (or Parmesan)
2tablespoons ice water
225grams soft chevre (approx. 8 oz)
2tablespoons basil, finely chopped
2large heirloom tomatoes, sliced
2tablespoons olive oil
1teaspoon fine sea salt


Note: Aherns AP flour is Shauna’s special flour mix you can learn to make on her blog, gluten-free girl and the chef.

  1. Combine the salt, AP flour, almond flour, guar gum, butter, and romano cheese in a food processor. Pulse, briefly, until the butter pieces are roughly the size of peas. Add the first tablespoon of ice water and pulse. If the dough feels dry, add the second tablespoon. Do not add too much water. (You don’t want a wet dough; the dough should merely stick together when you pinch it between your fingers.)
  2. Tumble the dart dough out onto your tart shell. Press it into the pan with your fingers. Press all along the bottom, then push the dough up the sides of the pan. Make the dough uniform thickness. Chill it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  3. While the tart shell is chilling, preheat the oven to 375F. Prick the bottom of the tart shell with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes, then check to see if any part is puffing up. If so, use that fork again. Bake until the tart shell is brown and firm, about 10 more minutes. Pull the tart shell out of the oven and allow it to cool.
  4. Mix the chevre and basil together, then spread it evenly over the bottom of the tart shell. Arrange the tomato slices over the chevre. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.

—Recipe by Shauna James Ahern and adapted from Ashley Rodriguez