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Convection Bake Tomato Tart with Mozzarella and Pesto

A savory tart with a cheesy custard and a swirl of pesto is a great way to enjoy an abundance of fresh tomatoes. For best results, slice the tomatoes and set them aside in a colander for about 30 minutes to allow the excess juices to drain. If you are not comfortable making the pastry a store bought crust will suffice it should still be baked blind to ensure the crust cooks through. Use the regular Bake mode with the oven rack set in the lower third of the oven to bake the pastry crust and use the Convection Bake mode to bake the tart.


Larissa Taboryski

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1 ½ cups all purpose flour

1 stick very cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

¼ tsp of Kosher salt

¼ cup ice cold water

Tart Ingredients

1 ⅕ lbs heirloom tomatoes cut into ½ “ slices

1 cup grated mozzarella or combination mozzarella and Parmesan cheese

3 large eggs

⅓ cup heavy cream or ½ and ½

¼ cup pesto sauce


Combine the flour, butter, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Blend with a pastry cutter or pulse in the bowl of a food processor. Add the water in a stream while continuing to mix until the pastry comes together in a ball. Remove from the bowl and roll it into an 8” disc on a lightly floured surface. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.

Heat the oven in the Bake mode 375 degrees. 

Roll the chilled dough out to a 9” circle and press into an 8” tart pan with a removable base or into a shallow pie dish. Trim any excess dough and prick the base of the tart all over with a fork.

Place a circle of parchment over the dough and weigh it down with pastry weights or dried beans. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.  Set aside to cool before using.


Heat the oven in the Convection Bake Mode 350 degrees.

Slice the tomatoes and place in a colander to drain the excess liquid. 

Sprinkle the cheese over the base of the pre-baked tart shell. Combine the eggs with the cream and a pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper, pour into the tart and swirl in the pesto. Arrange the sliced tomatoes over the top and bake the tart for 30 - 35 minutes until the custard has set.


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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots

Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.  

In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.

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1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs

1 - bunch fresh sage leaves

¾ - cup olive oil

1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks

2 - cups tangerine juice

2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed

2  - cups, packed light brown sugar

1 - cup water

½ - teaspoon whole cloves

2 - cinnamon sticks

1 ½ - lbs baby carrots

Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.

Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan. 

Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep. 

Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.

Bake for 2 hours.


Combine the  butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.  

Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.

Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.

Serves 12

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