I cheated by buying supermarket puff pastry â€“ it’s too big a time investment to make my own, and Jus-rol is very good. I used 250gm and rolled it out thin into a rectangle about 9 by 6.5 inches. The border was made by cutting half inch strips off each side and glueing them back onto the rectangle with a little milk. After transferring this to a baking pan I pricked the base thoroughly to stop it bubbling up.
A few spoons of green pesto were spread out over the base first, then thinly sliced tomatoes. I use smallish vine tomatoes for a tangier taste. I brushed beaten egg along the borders, then seasoned it with pepper before sprinkling chopped thyme leaves on top. It went into a hot oven for 20 minutes, after which it was done throughout, with a nice golden brown puffed border. I drizzled extra virgin olive oil over it, and finally ground some sea salt on too.
The recipe came from a new cookbook, to which I will give all due credit later. How did it taste? Gorgeous, and a good deal classier than a tomato sandwich.