Caramelized Garlic Tart

Posted on by on May 2nd, 2012 | 49 Comments »

It has been an exciting and eventful couple of weeks. My husband surprised me with a week long trip to Paris, I celebrated my 30th Birthday and I found out that I am going to be having a little girl! A girl!! How joyful the idea. The news came as a bit of a surprise as I had convinced myself that I was going to be having a boy. But, I could not be happier. How excited I am to meet my little angel and I find myself wondering what she will be like. Each time I enter the kitchen I think to myself what her tastes will be and how my cooking will change to accommodate the pickiness of a small child. But, if she is anything like her mommy she will absolutely adore garlic and live by the motto ‘the more the better’.

Garlic season has once again come and it is the most glorious time of year for us garlic lovers. Fresh garlic is piled up high at the shuk and braided and hung from the tarps that cover the market walkways. The sweet aroma permeates the air and you can smell it before you even enter. It is a short but wonderful time of year and to ensure the enjoyment of it long after its over, it is imperative to stock up on as much fresh garlic you can. And so, for this reason Katherine and I found ourselves lugging 10.5 kilos of it home from Jerusalem.

For my birthday Katherine gave me the most beautiful cookbook, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi and in the short 2 weeks or so that I have had it, it has become one of my most treasured possessions. It is one of those rare cookbooks that inspire you and have you wanting to try each and every recipe. I have already made 5, yes 5, of the recipes in this book and they all come out perfect. Get. this. cookbook.

While looking through the pages of Plenty and bookmarking pretty much each page, I came across the recipe for this caramelized garlic tart. It was the perfect recipe to make to highlight the wonderful sweet taste of my fresh garlic. The ingredient list sounded indulgent, the photo was beautiful and the intro to the recipe sold me. It read; ” ‘I think this is the most delicious recipe in the world’ wrote Claudine after trying it out for me. What else can I add?” Well Chef Ottolenghi, there is nothing else you can add, for this really is the most delicious recipe in the world.


The only thing I changed in the recipe was adding mascarpone cheese in place of crème fraîce because I had none in the house. I also doubled the amount of rosemary in place of using rosemary and thyme. Serve this with a crisp salad and it truly is the most perfect meal.


13 oz. puff pastry
3 heads of garlic, separated and peeled
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup water
3/4 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons chopped rosemary
4 1/2 ounces soft, creamy goat cheese
4 1/2 ounces hard, mature goat cheese
2 eggs
6 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream
6 1/2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
black pepper


Grease a shallow, loose-bottomed, 11 inch fluted tart pan.
Roll out puff pastry into a circle that will line the bottom and sides of the pan.
Line the pan with the pastry and place a large circle of waxed paper on the bottom and fill with dried beans.
Leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F and bake the tart shell  for 20 minutes.
Remove the dried beans and bake for 5-10 minutes more, or until pastry in golden, set aside and leave oven on.
While the tart shell is baking, make the caramelized garlic.
Put the garlic cloves in a small pan and cover with plenty of water.
Bring to a simmer and blanch the garlic for 3 minutes, then drain well.
Dry the pan and returen garlic cloves to it and add the olive oil.
Fry the garlic on high heat for 2 minutes, shaking the pan to fry each side.
Add the balsamic vinegar and water and bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes.
Add the sugar, rosemary and a pinch of salt and continue simmering on medium heat for 10 minutes, or until most of the liquid has evaporated and the garlic is covered in a dark caramel syrup. Set aside.
To assemble the tart, break both types of goat cheese into pieces and scatter in the tart shell.
Spoon the garlic and any syrup over the cheese.
In a bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, mascarpone cheese and some salt and pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the garlic and cheese to fill the gaps, making sure that you can still see most of the garlic and cheese on the surface.
Reduce the oven to 325F and bake the tart for 35-45 minutes, or until the tart filling has set and the top is golden brown.
Remove pan from oven leave to cool a bit.
Remove tart from pan and serve.


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  1. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Well you are certainly at a wonderful chapter in your life, congrats on the upcoming addition to the family! This post does look like one big garlic fest. I do not think I have ever seen so much-funny it makes me think of the time there was not any-not ANY at the grocers.
    Your tart does make delicious use of it. It is hard to find dishes in which garlic is the singular focus, so I am glad to come across this. Great post-enjoy the day!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thanks Tina!! It really is such a wonderful chapter! I could not be happier!
      The first time I experienced garlic season here I was shocked by the amazing amount of it I saw everywhere! It was heaven!! I cannot even imagine a garlic shortage, what madness!
      This recipe is one rare one that garlic takes center stage and it’s one reason I live it!

  2. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    There are so many OMG exclamation points that entered my mind as I read through this post. 1. OMG, you’re getting a girl! How awesome, my firstborn is a daughter (then 2 sons) and she grew up to love the kitchen as much as I do :). I know yours will too! 2. OMG, I love those hanging garlic strands in the shuk. And 10.5kilos…I’m speechless! 3. OMG, I adore Yotam Ottolenghi and Plenty’s just the best! This goat cheese and mascarpone garlic tart looks so incredible that I’m giving it a try soon!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Maya, I am SO excited to be having a baby girl! I do hope you’re right and she adores cooking as much as I do. I have a feeling she will! 🙂
      How awesome is the braided garlic?? It’s just so pretty. Sometimes they make them into big reefs as well!!
      Plenty is the BEST!!!!!

  3. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Wow, sounds like your life is in a great place! Congrats 🙂 I saw this tart on Facebook this morning and practically died. That caramelized garlic sounds breath-takingly good. Then with all that cheese and the mascarpone…talk about a special treat!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thank you so much Colleen!! I too almost died when I saw this recipe in the cookbook. Doesn’t get much better than caramelized garlic.

  4. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    What a delicious tart! And it must be wonderful to know that soon you are going to hold your little girl in your arms:)

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thanks Yael! It is such a wonderful feeling!

  5. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Amazing! I absolutely adore the whole pieces off garlic… how terrific!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Renee it is so amazing! My new favorite dish!

  6. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Being in Paris must have been amazing and I am trying to make a trip there too. Congrats on the additional coming to the family. This is a tart I have never seen neither discovered before but looks fabulous and lovely.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thanks so much Nava!! I hope you make it to Paris, its a fabulous city.

  7. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Oh congrats on having a girl! I might be biased, but they are the best! I too had convinced myself I was having a girl when I was pregnant and was crazy excited when we found out otherwise. I am so excited for you! Anna has been standing on a stool in the kitchen next to me since she was a year old. It is such a joy to share this her!
    Now, this tart…holy hell. We eat gobs and gobs of garlic in our house, but an entire tart filled with caramelized garlic? I would be a goddess for making this!
    Oh, happy birthday! And, kudos to your husband for such an amazing surprise! Paris is a dream, isn’t it??

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thank you Maggie!! I am so thrilled to be having a girl! I think it must be every woman’s dream! Im so excited for her one day to be standing on a stool next to me while I cook!!
      If your house is a garlic loving house, then yes, you would be a goddess for making this and I suggest you do! I cannot express how freaking good this tart is!!!!!
      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Paris is such a fabulous city!

  8. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    ( holding hands, jumping up and down, screaming ) Yay! Yay for having girls, yay for the sweet garlic, yay for the ahh-mazing and mouth-watering tart and yay for Paris! Thank you for sharing your joys with us 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thanks Anna, your comment makes me smile!!!

  9. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    I have been thinking lately that I need an onion tart, but now that I have read this, I may have to exchange that idea for garlic. What a mouth watering dish!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      As yummy as an onion tart sounds, I think you should try this!! I may be biased but its just so darn good!

  10. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    Mmmmm I can’t wait to try this!! Looks gorgeous. Seriously – best. cookbook. ever.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      I have a piece saved for you to try!!!

  11. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    I don’t doubt it when you say this is amazing – caramelised garlic? YUM!

    Choc Chip Uru

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Amazing is just putting it lightly 🙂

  12. Posted on: 5-2-2012

    yippee for garlic season! and an even bigger, way bigger, yippee for little girls! so happy for you 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      Thanks Sarah!! Garlic season and finding out Im having a little girl, doesnt get much better than that!

  13. Posted on: 5-3-2012

    Oh my word! Garlic and goat cheese!! This is heavenly! And yay for little girls!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-3-2012

      A big yay for little girls!! And garlic! And goat cheese! 🙂

  14. Posted on: 5-3-2012

    Congratulations on the “pink” news. I have a daughter too, and we’re praying for another child, hubs wants a boy, I’m having my fingers crossed for a girl 🙂

    Those garlic braids remind me of home. When we were kids my grandma would braid the garlic to keep it for the winter.
    Your tart sounds amazing! I love anything and everything garlicky and I hate to try this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-5-2012

      Thanks Roxana! I will keep my fingers crossed for another girl for you!!
      I love the garlic braids! I usually just lay the garlic out to dry for winter but always say Im going to braid it! Maybe next year.

  15. Posted on: 5-3-2012

    I just yelled over to my husband that he needs to surprise me the way yours surprised you! A trip to Paris is amazing. Congratulations too on the little one soon to join your family. We have a little girl and she’s so, so much fun.

    Roxana brought me over by re-posting your tart on facebook. It looks absolutely amazing. I love garlic, though can never find it fresh around here. I do have some growing, but it’s no where near ready to harvest. Once it is, I will make this!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-5-2012

      Thanks!!! Paris was a great surprise!
      That is so awesome that you have your own garlic growing! I would love to have some in my garden. That way I wouldnt have to lug 10.5 kilos of it back to my house!

  16. Posted on: 5-3-2012

    What wonderful news! A daughter’s a daughter all her life, a son is a son till he takes a wife. You have some wonderful and perplexing years ahead of you :-). The tart looks truly scrumptious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-5-2012

      Thank you so much Mary! That saying is so true!! My husbands Grandfather also told us that a daughter is the best insurance policy you can have once you get old!

  17. Posted on: 5-4-2012

    Tons of garlic… and TWO types of goat cheese? This tart is for me!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-5-2012

      TONS of garlic!!! Its so good! And, its vegetarian, so you can try it out 🙂

  18. Posted on: 5-4-2012

    A baby girl??? How wonderful!!!! And a trip to Paris? Life is good, isn’t it? And your caramelized garlic tart looks amazing…so full of deliciousness!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-5-2012

      Life is good Liz! Thanks!! And, this tart, makes life even better.

  19. Posted on: 5-5-2012

    How she will be like? Of course just like mommy who cooks amazing food! Congratulations Beth! I wanted to have a girl first, but we had a boy, then we had a girl. I’m a big sister so I just wanted to have a girl first. Hehee. Enjoy your pregnancy while you can. You will be busy busy busy! 😉 This tart has TONS of garlic. Hmm yum! Never seen anything like this before. Great recipe!

  20. BethMichelle
    Posted on: 5-5-2012

    Aw thanks Nami! Im hoping she will love to cook and want to be my little helper! I am also a big sister and am really thrilled to be having a little girl! I am enjoying being pregnant and taking lots of time to relax since in a few short months I dont know how much relaxing Ill be doing!

  21. Posted on: 5-7-2012

    Congrats! Little girls are such fun. I may be a little biased, though, having been a little girl myself once upon a time. 🙂
    I’m very jealous of your haul of fresh garlic. I’ve never seen it so plentiful here! This tart looks like such a perfect way to show it off, as long as you don’t have a big job interview or a hot date afterwards. 🙂 Must try this out the next time I’m craving something extra garlicky.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      I may be a bit biased too for the same reason as you !! Yay for little girls!
      Garlic is definitely plentiful here during its short season. It’s amazing. This tart for sure highlights it. Just make sure your hot date eats it too 🙂

  22. Posted on: 5-8-2012

    Congratulations with the wonderful news! Your going to have so much fun together 🙂 And this tart is incredible, so original, though probably not best for romantic dinner 🙂

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thank you!! I am beyond excited about having a girl!
      I think this tart is just fine for a romantic dinner as long as both parties indulge in it! 😉

  23. Danielsj
    Posted on: 5-9-2012

    This does look delicous, I look forwarding to trying my best to replicate.

    PS: Congrats on having a girl!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 5-9-2012

      Thank you Daniel! Hope you enjoy this, its amazing!

  24. Posted on: 5-19-2012

    Beth, when I read through your recipe index and looked at all your beautiful photos, your post about this Caramelized Garlic Tart made me stop for a while. I have made this recipe before and I absolutely adore it, Yottam Ottolenghi´s Cookbook is on my list of cookbooks I will have to buy very soon – this recipe convinced me that it would be a very worthwhile investment. And I do love the way your Tart looks – I would not mind a piece right about now.

    Congratulations on the baby news and all the best for you and your baby – when I was pregnant I read that if you eat a lot of garlic and vanilla during your pregnancy, your baby will recognize and love those two tastes later on in life as well…do not ask me why it is garlic and vanilla (when I think about the things my girls like to eat, this theory seems to be right..).

  25. BethMichelle
    Posted on: 5-20-2012

    I am so glad you have had a chance to make this!!! Is it not absolutely delicious?! Ottolenghi has become one of my most favorite people ever!! I can totally get why after making this tart you want his book ! It’s simply the best!!

    Thank you so much for the best wishes! So interesting about garlic and vanilla!! My little girl undoubtably will adore garllic for sure if that is true!! I’ll have to start eating more vanilla! It will be another reason to bake 🙂

  26. Posted on: 6-6-2012

    This looks absolutely delicious! I love garlic!

  27. Barukh
    Posted on: 6-13-2012

    Would it work also with onions?

  28. Posted on: 6-15-2012

    I sent my husband the URL to this recipe and said, “we should make this sometime, bet you’d love it.”

    He replied, “Wow! Can we make it sooner rather than later?”

    So I’m off to the shops to get the ingredients now.

    It looks fantastic!

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