I have been a ‘pie girl’ for as long as I can remember; my choice of birthday treat was almost always a cherry pie – except those times when I requested Angel Food cake – primarily because I thought maybe eating Angel Food cake would make me more . . . shall we say, ‘angelic?’ No such luck. The words, ‘sweet’ or ‘angelic’ are never used to describe me and I’m okay with that. I’ve learned to embrace my other qualities . . . I won’t bore you with the details now, but suffice it to say that ‘loving pie’ is at the top of that list.

This fennel tart (aka pie) is one of my very favorites to make during the summer; when farmer’s markets and gardens are bursting with fresh produce – this is the tart you want to

bake. Caramelized onions, garlic, a pinch of red pepper flakes, fennel, tomatoes and zucchini are nestled into a flaky, buttery crust; eggs, feta cheese and a bit of the tomato juices are whipped together and pour over the tart, settling in between those gorgeous summer vegetables. And if that isn’t enough, sprinkle the top with Gruyere cheese . . .

This tart is vegetarian and made with a gluten-free crust (killer crust if I may be so humble – see those flaky bits over there . . . now that’s a crust worth talkin’ about!) but feel free to use your favorite – whatever tickles your fancy. Another plus is that the tart can be served room temperature – making it a great choice for all that summer entertaining you do.

Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is. Think I’ll have another slice . . .



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  2. Oh my! I don’t know how I missed this last month, but I’m glad I found it now. Drooling just reading the ingredient list.

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  5. oh my gosh that looks delicious! i love fennel!

  6. Nice addition to the party! GREG

  7. It’s events like your fabulous PIE DAY on Facebook that make me want to sign up to FB. Congratulations on such a resounding and growing success of this. Your fennel tart looks so good. The crust does look lovely, so neat that there is mascarpone cheese in it.

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  9. Oh, how I’d like to come over for a slice of that! And that crust – beautiful! I love that there’s mascarpone in it.

  10. I would love this any time of day—cheese and fennel; hard to resist!

  11. Ah, fennel pollen. I’ve never heard of that before. Sounds like a very interesting ingredient! Your tart looks delicious. Thanks for teaching me something new today!

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  13. I believe this is a GREAT idea!! Happy Pie Day 😀 I can’t wait to dive into the caramelized onions, and the sweet cooked fennel … mmm I can almost taste it now.

  14. What an absolutely perfect summer pie. I’m just about covered up in veggies right now and looking for new, creative recipes for them. Just found one!

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  16. This is one absolutely gorgeous tart… That crust looks absolutely perfect, and I can just about taste the fennel. Adding this to my must-make list!

  17. I adore pie. I wish I had a fall birthday so I could have my favorite pie instead of cake! And how did I not know that today was unofficial pie day?!

  18. fennel, gruyere, mascarpone? Yes, please!!!

  19. Those flaky bits on that crust are calling my name! This looks amazing, Deb!

  20. Oh mama! This tart is calling my name. That ingredient list made me tingle in places. I’m regretting using up my fennel last night. I think I’ll have to pick up some more.

    Yay for the Pie Party!

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