Classically French Tian Provencal

Classically French Tian Provencal |

There is nothing more French than a boulangerie. Home to some of France’s most divine culinary pleasures. Their glass cases are filled with sweet and savory masterpieces… all in neat little rows.

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It makes me happy to just stand there and gaze at their intricate designs and stunning perfection. Even if I don’t indulge.

Looking for something savory instead of sweet on a warm August day, I wandered into my favorite French bakery and boulangerie. There, I discovered an amazing summer vegetable tart I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into. And believe me, it didn’t disappoint.

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Tian Provencal is a classic French dish that has been served in different forms since the Middle Ages. Some recipes require up to an hour and a half to bake in the oven. Ours will bake in under 20 minutes.

A perfect seasonal dish for lunch, appetizers or a side dish, Tian Provencal is pretty enough to serve to guests, delicious enough to hide in the back of the refrigerator for that late night snack after everyone’s gone.

And here is one of its best secrets… it’s incredibly easy!

Classically French Tian Provencal |

Tian Provencal


2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted
1 container Creme Fraiche
1 zucchini, sliced
1 summer squash, sliced
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese
1 bunch fresh basil, torn
salt and freshly ground pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.


Spray two baking sheets with non-stick cooking spray. Roll out puff pastry sheets, one per baking sheet.  Spread about 1/4 cup Creme Fraiche on each pastry. Then layer vegetables in rows on each pastry. We began with tomatoes, then layered the zucchini and finally the summer squash, before beginning again. I try to begin and end with a row of tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle fresh basil on each tart.

Bake in a 400-degree oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown and nicely puffed around the edges. I begin checking at about 16 minutes.


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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

6 thoughts on “Classically French Tian Provencal

  1. Anonymous

    This looks wonderful! We can’t wait to try it!

  2. Laurie niessen

    How do you serve it? Looks amazing!

    1. Thank you, Laurie! I always serve it with a seasonal salad, warm or even room temperature. When I serve it to my family, I add some protein to the meal (teenagers). Chicken is always great but also love it with salmon. It pairs well with most anything!

  3. Carolyn Ingbritson

    How many serving per sheet of Tian, please, and is there a nutritional chart available?

    1. That’s a great question! I bake mine on a half-sheet baking pan, rolled to fit — thickness is about 1/8 – 1/4-inch. After baking, it shrinks back slightly. I cut each half-sheet into 9 servings for a total of 18 pieces. For me, it is a perfect portion size accompanied by a salad. However, my teenager will eat the entire sheet pan! For a more generous portion size, cut each pan into 6 pieces for a total of 12. The nutritional information below is for 1/18 pieces.

      Nutritional Information according to FitnessPal: Classically French Tian Provencal, 1 serving(s): 54 calories, 5g fat

      Here is the link to the nutritional information I’ve saved on MyFitnessPal:

  4. Ann

    A family member made this and we all loved it!

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