Time for something different! Baking is not something i’ve really ventured into, but when I saw all the amazing tarts and pies that people make on Pinterest I thought hey, how hard can it be! Presenting my take on a pumpkin, mushroom and pine nut tart. It took a while to get the pastry right, I will say. As a non-baker, getting the crust to the right shortness was tricky, but we made it in the end. Buttery, crumbly, salty, and delicious.
After that was done, we needed a filling! I lightly roasted some pumpkin, then mashed it into the filling you see here, and in it went. Spices are key here! But which! We could talk about amazing combinations here but really, without following a recipe, I just let my guide be ‘flavours I like’. Garlic was included, as was smoked paprika, turmeric, and ground coriander. In the end it was a little reminiscent of a smoky curry, but not all the way – i’d say rich and spicy, as opposed to ‘it was a curry tart’ (although that does sort of sound delicious, and like something we could make one time!). Top with some earthy mushrooms, toasty pine nuts and goat’s cheese, if you’re so inclined. Such a filling tart needs a light salad underneath and we couldn’t resist doing the complementary colours thing, so purple kale it was! Pair it with some red fruits and a healthy side of bean salad, and you’ve got an amazing lunchbox with a whole lot of wow factor. Even if it’s your first time baking, give it a go – it’s actually pretty fun once you start!
- Pumpkin, pastry, shimeji mushrooms, enoki mushrooms. toasted pine nuts, goat’s cheese, purple kale, thyme to garnish
- Kidney beans, smoked paprika toasted chickpeas
For this lunch we used the Lunchbots Bento Trio. Dishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free – what’s not to love! Click here for details.