Tarte Soleil (Sun pie appetizer)

This delicious savory puff pastry called a "tarte soleil" makes for a lovely French appetizer that can be served as finger food on any occasion.
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This Recipe uses:

  • Puff pastry crust bases
  • Pesto sauce
  • Egg
  • (Optional) Sesame seeds for decoration

If you are looking for delicious appetizers for entertaining, you cannot go wrong with a tarte soleil. It translates to “sun pie” and is a simple yet elegant appetizer that will wow your guests as it looks quite impressive to make.

But actually, this pull-apart puff pastry just requires a handful of ingredients, and can be prepared in under 10 minutes, before putting it in the oven to bake.

I’m using homemade pesto rosso inside, but you can also use green pistou sauce or any store-bought version. You can also use a tomato provençale sauce or shredded cheese as a filling depending on you have on hand.

Frequently asked questions

What to serve with it?

cutlery

This tarte soleil is usually served as finger food during an apéro, to tear off and munch on. You can serve it along side other finger foods like this panisse or socca appetizers.

What drinks to serve with it?

two wine glasses

Since tarte soleils are usually served as an appetizer, they are usually served with apéritifs like kir or pastis.

Although in France wine is usually reserved for the main dish, you could also pair the tarte soleil with a light crémant from the Loire or a côtes de Provence rosé. You can read more about French wines here.

Can you freeze it?

freezer

Yes, this tarte soleil can easily be prepared at least a few hours in advance. Just keep it at room temperature on the countertop and heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes before serving.

Tarte soleil

Tarte Soleil (Sun pie appetizer)

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A easy appetizer recipe for a savory puff pastry, known in French as a tarte soleil.

Ingredients

  • 2 puff pastry crust bases
  • 25 cl (1 cup) of pesto sauce
  • 1 egg
  • (Optional) 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Spread the first puff pastry crust dough in a large baking pan.
  2. Using a small spoon, spread the pesto sauce on the puff pastry dough, leaving plenty of room along the edges.
  3. Moisten gently the edges of 1st pastry dough with some water, using your fingers.
  4. Carefully place the 2nd puff pastry dough on top of the 1st puff pastry, enclosing the pesto sauce in the middle.
  5. Roll and enclose the edges together to form a crust, like you would for pizza dough.
  6. Place a glass on top in the center.
  7. Away from the glass, using a sharp knife, cut the pastry dough into 4 equal quarters.
  8. Then cut each quarter in half, then each eighth in half, to make 16 equal strips.
  9. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  10. Remove the glass and start to twist strips twice keeping the ends pinched together all the way around to make a pinwheel.
  11. Crack the egg open in a bowl, and using a pastry brush, lightly paint the egg across the pinwheel.
  12. (Optional) Sprinkle some sesame seeds across the pinwheel.
  13. Place the tarte soleil in the oven for 20 minutes or until the dough rises and it looks cooked.
  14. Serve while warm.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1070Total Fat: 104gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 77gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1014mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 23g

Note: We are not certified nutritionists and these estimates are approximate. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. This website is written and produced for entertainment purposes only.

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If you enjoyed that, check out our other classic French starter and appetizer recipes that are easy to prepare. Bon appétit and à bientôt!

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