Fancy but Frugal

VeganMoFo-mushroomYou don’t need to spend a fortune to impress!

I don’t make a lot of ‘fancy’ dishes but this is a bit of an exception but the ingredients are not too pricey – pastry, onion, spinach and a handful of walnuts. The cream cheese is optional. It looks much more complicated than it is – you just have to handle it with confidence!

The recipe adapted from:


for the pastry:

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

for the stuffing:

  • 350g of steamed spinach chopped
  • ½ tub of Tofutti cream cheese (optional)
  • 100g 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


  1. Mix all the ingredients for the pastry but avoid overmixing – you just need to combine it all together, then set it aside in the fridge.
  2. Steam the spinach for a couple of minutes 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 into 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.

Serve at a party, to share with friends.

spinach and walnut tart 2.jpg


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2 Responses to Fancy but Frugal

  1. Oh, so fancy! And so enticing! Great work. I love all of those ingredients so I’m sure I would demolish your spinach pie.

  2. JustBloggs says:

    Great the hear – many thanks!

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