From garden to kitchen: zucchini flower tart

My zucchini plants have been flowering prolifically but rather slow to fruit (only two zucchinis, to be exact). I must admit it has been rather disappointing to see so many flowers just wilt and drop off.  And since I've had enough of letting the flowers go to waste, I found a delicious way to use them.
Zucchini flower tart (makes four 10-cm tarts or one 24-cm tart)

Ingredients
 
1 sheet store bought short crust pastry
100g cream cheese
4-6 zucchini flowers, washed and stamen removed
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon lemon thyme
1 tablespoon grated parmesan

Method

1. Grease and line fluted tart tin(s) with pastry. Trim excess pastry. lightly prick bases with a fork. Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F) and blind bake for 10 minutes or until pastry is cooked. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
2. Place cream cheese, egg, milk, lemon thyme and parmesan in bowl and whisk to combine.
3. Pour into prepared pastry and place 1-2 zucchini flowers on top.

4. Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes or until set. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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25 Responses to From garden to kitchen: zucchini flower tart

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This tart look really delicious! I've only every had zucchini blossoms at restaurants.

Ananka said...

This looks good and sounds delightful :-)

Rose said...

Lovely. It is nice to plant something and use your own produce for cooking. A feeling of some accomplishment. I hope I will have a garden like yours some day.

My Garden Diaries said...

How delicious do these look!! And beautiful too pal!!! You are so creative!! Happy week to you!! Nicole xo

burntfeather said...

These look super yummo Trishie - I never even knew you could eat the flower! I'm sure it's true that you learn something new everyday.

oomph. said...

you had me at cream cheese!! i've never had the blossoms!

Sharlynn Ng said...

Simple and stunning! I've seen this flower fried and baked many times and even stuffed and then fried too! I love quiches and savory tarts and totally need to make one soon!

Jane said...

wow trishie!! looks beautiful and delicious!

Anouk said...

It looks so delicious! Beautifully presented!

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lisacng @ expandng.com said...

I had these squash blossoms for the first time last summer and they were great. Granted, they were also fried, but great :).

kidgranny said...

looks so yummy & pretty! it looks like it came straight from an organic cafe :)

Lady of the Manor said...

These look delicious! I'm shaving this recipe to make next summer. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon D said...

What a lovely way to use zucchini flowers. It looks delicious! ^.^

Pamela RG said...

Yummy! I want some please.

Jessica said...

Those look so yummy! I will have to think about trying these soon!

Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

Jane @ anothermommablog.blogspot.com said...

That looks delicious. I've never had the blossoms before; I'd love to try it some time.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

That is a beautiful tart!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Oh yum yum yum. And so pretty!

Kelsea Echo said...

You are brilliant! Love how you've made the best of it with this delicious-looking recipe. Sorry to hear your zucchinis aren't growing, though!

<3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

Tina Bradley said...

I have always adored the idea of edible and potable flowers (roses, etc.); so, this recipe sounds heavenly! Will have to try it this summer! :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Chantille Fleur said...

Oh yummo! This looks so yummy, yay for not letting the flowers go to waste!

On a side note...just a thought on why you might be losing the flowers...did you know that zucchinis have 'male' & 'female' flowers? It may be the males falling off, or the un-fertilised females. Only the females turn into fruit, and both flowers have to be open around the same time for the bees to be able to do their job. You can hand pollinate by picking the male flower and rubbing it's centre on the female's centre. Also when your zucchini bush first starts flowering I find they can be prone to throwing all one kind of flower, don't worry, they usually fix up after the first few flowers and start having some of each.
Sorry if you already know all of this, just thought I'd share! :-)

Sarah x

trishie said...

@Sarah thanks for the advice lady! I only just found out about the male and female flowers bit. I think my trouble is there arent enough bees in my garden so will self pollinate like you suggested. Thanks xx

Kie I. said...

Oh, wow, this is right up my alley - looks and sounds insanely good! Yum. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

MaysaAndSunshine said...

So beautiful and creative. Your tart looks so delicious. I have never thought about using the flowers in cooking. I had the same problem when growing zucchini and squash especially the first time around. I would have so many flowers but only 1 or 2 that actually grew into the veggies. The second year got a bit better.

Elisa @ Globetrotting in Heels said...

oh, I love zucchini flowers! And that sounds delicious.

In Italy we stuff them with mozzarella and anchovies, dip them in dough and fry them. Soooooo goooood.