Whole Wheat Caprese Tart

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The first time I attempted this recipe, it was not a success.

 

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I would say it was more like a failure.

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A failure with an eggy tumor growing from its side.

I had originally planned on making a Whole Wheat Kale and Shallot Tart and was so excited to be able to photograph it in natural light over the weekend because I am not home at all when there is sunlight during the week. But I think I got a little too happy and may have lost focus on what the heck I was doing.

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I ended up with four runny eggs dripping all over the counter and all down the cabinets onto the floor. It was magnificent. Not to mention, an expensive waste of eggs. In the words of Homer Simpson…Doh!

If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. So I did. And I didn’t make smiley faces in my dough this time.

Whole Wheat Caprese Tart

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  • 1 package whole wheat pizza dough
  • 5 Roma tomatoes julienned
  • 1/2 cup basil finely chopped
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup Italian blend cheese (I used parmesan/asiago/provolone)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

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Preheat the oven to 375°F. Rinse tomatoes well and remove inner contents (seeds and flesh). Then slice them into thin strips lengthwise.

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Next, grease a cake (or pie) pan and grab your pizza dough. To save time, I bought frozen pre-made dough and allowed it to defrost overnight and then rise on the counter in a covered bowl for about 2 hours.

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On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough into a circular shape that is a little larger than the cake pan (so that you can fold in the sides) and then place in pan.

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Begin making your filling by combining 4 eggs and the milk in a medium size bowl.

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Then add in the cheese! I originally intended to use mozzarella for this (hence Caprese) but I ended up using an Italian blend instead. But feel free to stick to mozzarella if you want!

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And lastly, add in your seasonings.

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Stir everything together making sure to mix thoroughly and then set aside. Place your tomatoes into the cake pan with your dough in a circular manner.

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Then top with the fresh chopped basil.

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Pour the filling on top of the tomatoes and basil.

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Then fold in the edges and try to create a wannabe tart pretty crust like so…

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Bake in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes and serve warm.

 

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Now, I called this is a tart but technically, it could be also be a quiche. But really, it is so tasty, who cares what it’s called!

We are heading out for 4 days to chilly Lake Tahoe and I am so excited! I even painted my nails in Valentine’s Day colors for out trip!

Sheer pink on the top…

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And sparkly red on the bottom…

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Truthfully, I have been dying for a tropical vacation for 4 years a while but B man is not one for relaxing on a beach in paradise. We’ll pretend that’s normal. I don't know smile

Since we just moved to California, we also don’t know anyone who can watch our dogs so we decided on going somewhere close by that we could bring them along.

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So, Lake Tahoe, here we come! Puppies and all!

 

Do you have a hard time traveling because of your dogs? Do you use a sitting service or only leave them with friends/family?

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  • Anna@ApronHearts February 10, 2013, 6:00 pm

    Good that you didn’t give up and tried again. That (second attempt) tart looks sooo delicious. Great pictures (yes, I also think that natural light makes a big difference). Nice manicure. Have fun on your vacation. I have the same “problem” with my husband, he is totally not a beach kind of guy so I can forget about going to tropical islands (with him at least) :).
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    • Sarah February 10, 2013, 9:10 pm

      Sorry, it has eggs! I will have to work on more eggless recipes for you! ;) thank you though. Something is wrong with our men!

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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 10, 2013, 7:30 pm

    I am impressed! This certainly does not look like an easy recipe. Good for you for not giving up and for attempting to make it a second time! :)
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    • Sarah February 10, 2013, 9:08 pm

      Thank you! It was worth a second try for sure!

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  • Nina @ Sweating It February 11, 2013, 5:12 pm

    Hi! I found you via #28DBC! I love your header (though I have to admit I didn’t see the old one) and this recipe looks DELICIOUS. One of these weekends I’m going to whip out my rolling pin and give it a go :)

    Also- totally feel you on the dog situation! We just adopted our first pup and we’re still getting used to our new, adorable, fluffy “baggage!”

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    • Sarah February 11, 2013, 8:22 pm

      Thank you, Nina! I will be sure to check out your blog as well! :)

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  • Tracey @ Cooking with Love May 8, 2013, 11:52 am

    I love tarts and have never used a whole wheat dough for one. This is a keeper!
    I am the same way about vacation. All I can think about is who would watch my dogs??!!

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