• 8 (to 12) small flavoursome tomatoes
  • 4 (to 5) tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tblsp sugar
  • fleur de sel
  • good balsamic vinegar


  • Heat the oven to 120°C. Cut the tomatoes in half and place them snugly, pip side up, in a roasting tin or a gratin dish. Mix the sugar and the olive oil together and spread over the tomatoes. Use more if they don’t all get a good dousing.
  • Pop in the oven and leave them for about 2 hours. Check on them from time to time, and spoon the cooking juices over the tomatoes as they mingle and caramelise.
  • Before serving, drizzle a few drops of balsamic vinegar and sprinkle a little fleur de sel over each tomato.
  • Trish's Tip: Now, if you are feeling adventurous, you could leave out the salt and serve this as dessert with some good vanilla ice cream. But it’s equally good in a salad for starters with some tangy goats’ cheese and thinly sliced ham. Or as an accompaniment to a roast fish such as bass,mackerel; snapper or tuna.