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At a visit to the local Saturday market, we were offered a taste of this delicious tart made by Hastings House pastry chef, Rosemary Harbrecht.  The pastry was a perfect compliment to the freshness of the cheese and zucchini.  Rosemary gave us a copy of this recipe and we made it for lunch that day and it was a family hit. Enjoy!

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1 1/2 c. flour

5 oz. cold unsalted butter

kosher salt

1/2 tsp. vinegar

1 1/2 lbs. zuchinni cut into 1/8 inch slices

black pepper

2 tbsp. olive oil

8 oz. chèvre (original recipe called for 4 ounces each of chèvre and cream cheese)

1 tsp. parsley

1 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. lemon zest

By hand or in a food processor, mix flour, butter, 3/4 tsp. salt until crumbly.  Add the vinegar and 3-4 tbsp. cold water just until dough comes together.  Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic to chill for 20 minutes.

Roll out the dough to about 10 or 11 inches in diameter.  It should be about a 1/4 inch thick.  Place the pastry on a parchment lined baking sheet and chill for at least another 15 minutes.

Toss the zucchini slices with a teaspoon of salt and let it drain for about 20 minutes.  Gently press out more moisture with paper towel.  Then toss the zucchini in a bowl with pepper and 1 tbsp. of the olive oil.

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

Mix the cheese with the herbs, zest, and salt and pepper to taste.  Spread this over the pastry leaving a small uncovered border.  Arrange the zucchini slices in overlapping circles.  Drizzle with the remaining olive oil and bake for 30-40 minutes until the zucchini is golden around the edges.

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