I will start by saying that I love mustard. I have never liked mayo, so mustard is my condiment of choice. I was very intrigued and excited about this beautiful tart when I saw it was the next recipe for French Fridays with Dorie. I started out by making the necessary crème fraiche. I needed to make my own because they do not seem to sell it around here. It is a very easy project, as you can see here. It just takes a day or two. It turned out lovely. It wasn't quite as thick as usual, but it was much thicker than cream.
Dorie wrote in the recipe's introduction that the original version of this tart was made with tomatoes, but her friend Gerard made it with leeks and carrots. I decided that I had to try both. I only have one tart pan, so I used a 9-inch springform for the tomato version. It looked pretty good, a little more rustic than the leek one.
I would like to state once again that the savory tart dough in this book is fantastic. It works perfectly for me, and tastes incredible. I baked off the tart shells early yesterday, and they waited to be filled last night. I used smooth and coarse-ground Dijon mustard in the filling, along with the crème fraiche, eggs, salt and pepper.
The tomato mustard tart had fresh tomatoes settled into the filling.
The leek and carrot version used matchsticks of both steamed until tender. It was a little fussy to arrange them in the design, but well worth the effort if you are making it for company.
When they came out out of the oven though, I couldn't believe how lovely they looked. I especially loved the way the custard in the tomato tart peeked up and browned in the areas between tomatoes.
We all dug into the tarts with gusto. The kids both said, "This really tastes like mustard!" They were correct. Luckily it was certainly not overwhelming. We all liked the tomato tart the best. The mustard was just really set off by the sweet tomatoes. The tomatoes retained their moistness and it was a great contrast to the crispy shell.
The leek and carrot tart was eaten quite easily as well though! We actually only had one piece of each left this morning. I ate the last slice of the leek and carrot version just now. It was still wonderful warmed for a few seconds in the microwave.
I have never had anything like these tarts before and I am so glad that Around My French Table, brought them onto my plate!