Sliced Goat's Cheese Tart on baking paper

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This is such a beautiful, tasty and satisfying recipe that has so many uses. Make it for lunch, a starter, or even for dinner, paired with some roasted veg or a salad. This Goat’s Cheese Tart is also pretty easy to make. The whole thing will take you around 30 minutes, providing you have the red onion marmalade made in advance.

Can you freeze it?

There really is no way around it – this tart is at its absolute best when eaten straight from the oven.

While you can keep it safely for up to 3 days in the fridge, it just won’t be the same. Given the rich red onion marmalade and juicy tomatoes, the longer it is left the soggier it will become. If you do keep some then you can eat it cold or reheat it in the oven.

I really don’t recommend freezing this goat’s cheese tart as the texture will be affected even more.

Goat's cheese tart on parchment paper

Recipe Substitutions & Adaptations


You can use rosemary leaves, stripped from the stems, if you don’t have any thyme. Or if you absolutely have to, dried thyme.

Sliced large tomatoes also work instead of the cherry tomatoes.

Cheats Red Onion Marmalade

If you don’t have any prepared red onion marmalade then you can create a quick cheat version by slicing one large red onion, sauteing in a pan with some olive oil for 3-4 minutes and then adding a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. Cover the pan and leave on a fast simmer for 10 minutes. They won’t be as soft or rich as slow-cooked ones, but with a final stint in the oven, they work perfectly fine.

Alternatively if you want to try your hand at making some super delicious, slow cooked red onion marmalade then try this recipe.

Red onion marmalade close up in a bowl


Figs are a fantastic addition to this tart, if they are in season where you are!

Make them single serve

Finally, you can also prepare these as individual tarts very easily. Simply slice the dough into quarters and roll. Then portion the toppings between the tarts.

Individual Goat's Cheese Tart


You need just a handful of ingredients for this recipe. For a full list with weights/measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Goat's cheese tart ingredients
  • Puff pastry – ready-made is absolutely fine
  • Red onion marmalade/chutney – again, ready-made works fine but if you fancy making a batch of your own try this homemade red onion marmalade recipe.
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved – I strongly suggest using multi-coloured tomatoes for added visual appeal
  • Goat’s cheese – you’ll need the type in log form, not soft/spreadable varieties
  • Fresh thyme – or dried will work in a pinch
  • olive oil

How to make it

Recipe steps
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface until around 35cm x 20cm / 14-inch x 8-inch.
  3. Score a rectangle inside the rolled pastry, around 2.5cm inside the edge.
  4. Spoon the red onion marmalade over the top, followed by the cherry tomatoes and the goat’s cheese. Scatter over the thyme and some salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.

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Sliced Goat's Cheese Tart on baking paper

Goat’s Cheese Tart

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Impressive, tasty and satisfying. This Goat’s cheese tart is super versatile. Make it as a starter, for lunch or as a side.


  • flour, for dusting
  • 200g / 7oz ready-made puff pastry
  • 4 tbsp red onion marmalade/chutney
  • 100g / 3.5oz cherry tomatoes, halved (around 6-8)
  • 80g / 3oz goat’s cheese
  • few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. 
  • Roll the pastry on a floured surface until you have a large rectangle, around 35cm x 20cm / 14-inch x 8-inch. Use a table knife to score a rectangle inside the pastry, around 2.5cm away from the edge. Use a fork to prick the inside of the rectangle you have just scored all over. 
  • Line a wire baking rack with parchment paper and then dust a little flour over the top. Carefully place the pastry on top. 
  • Spread the red onion marmalade evenly inside the scored rectangle. 
  • Place the cherry tomatoes and goat’s cheese on top of the red onion marmalade, evenly spacing them out. Scatter over the thyme and add some salt and cracked black pepper over the top. 
  • Use a pastry brush to brush the edges of the tart with the olive oil and place in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until the pastry has risen and is golden brown around the edges.


  1. You can use a standard baking tray to bake the tart, however, using a wire rack helps the heat to distribute under the tart resulting in a crisper base. 
  2. Use multi-coloured cherry tomatoes if you can to add extra visual appeal. 
  3. Make sure to buy the goat’s cheese in a ‘log’. Spreadable cheese won’t really work as well here. 
  4. Although fresh thyme works best, in a pinch you can use 1 tsp dried thyme.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Appetiser
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: British


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 300
  • Fat: 19g
  • Carbohydrates: 19g
  • Protein: 5g

Keywords: tart, goat’s cheese, red onion, tomato, appetiser, side, snack

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