Food with friends: Vegan spinach & walnut tart

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This month’s #MiniMoFo theme is food with friends. This tart is a bit fiddly to make but well worth it as it’s great for sharing with friends along with a few cold glasses on a warm evening in the garden. Now we just need the summer to finally arrive… 

Recipe adapted from: www.italianchips.com/spinach-pie

Ingredients:

For the pastry:

  • 500 g of flour
  • 90 ml of extra virgin olive oil
  • 200 ml of dry white wine
  • 2 tsp of salt

For the stuffing:

  • 350 g of steamed spinach chopped
  • ½ tub of Tofutti cream cheese
  • 100 g of grated vegan cheese
  • 1 handful of walnuts, chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 slice wholemeal bread, toasted and blitzed to make breadcrumbs

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients for the pastry but avoid overmixing – you just need to combine it all together, then set aside in the fridge.
  2. Steam the spinach and roughly chop.
  3. Mix the spinach with the cream cheese, grated cheese, walnuts, salt, pepper and breadcrumbs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  5. Divide the pastry in two.
  6. Make two circles (one around 30cm the other slightly bigger~35cm) using a rolling pin.
  7. Place the first circle on baking paper.
  8. Place one large handful of the stuffing in the centre of the circle, shape into a uniform mound.
  9. Arrange the remaining stuffing into a ring around the mound.
  10. Using a little soya milk or water, brush the borders of pastry around the edge and around the mound.
  11. Place the lager, second circle of pastry on top and gently press down around the mound and using a fork, gently squash the edges together around the entire circle.
  12. Place a small bowl over the central stuffing and punch with a fork all around to make a circle.
  13. Brush the whole top with soya milk or water.
  14. Then comes the exciting bit. Using a sharp knife cut the borders into 3cm slices (they will be slightly fanned in shape).
  15. Be bold now and turn each one firmly but gently onto its side to reveal the stuffing.
  16. Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven at 180°C.
  17. Serve at a party, to share with friends.

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One Response to Food with friends: Vegan spinach & walnut tart

  1. Jenny says:

    Wow! This looks sensational! It’s one of those dishes that I’m sure if I tried, it would just be a big old mess. Bravo!

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