Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Astrid's pumpkin, feta and caramelised onion tart

Breakfast: Mango smoothie with date squares

Lunch: Kasha salad with vegetables

Dinner: Astrid's pumpkin, feta and caramelised onion tart with salad

This recipe might be the only one I ever get from the island of Reunion. When my favourite French friend Astrid told me she was from there I had to look it up, and ever since then I've been desperate to go. As it's a French colony I'm not sure whether this constitutes as French food or Reunion food, so I'm just going to class it as Astrid food. And it's delicious and decadent too!

You can either make your own crust or buy a shop bought crust. Of course, I think that making it is much more fun.

You'll need:
(Feeds 4)
250g wholewheat flour
90g melted butter
1 egg
A splash of milk
1/3 of a pumpkin, cubed
2 onions, sliced
2 egs
2 tbsp sugar
1/3 cup water
A splash of cream
A splash of milk
A spinch of ground nutmeg
Black pepper
olive oil

Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celcius
Mix flour, butter and egg to form a dough, adding milk if necessary
Roll dough out into a 10 x 10 inch square and lay in a 8 x 8 inch pan, allowing some to form the sides
Cut off the excess
Bake for 10 minutes or until cooked a little then set aside
Reset the oven to 230 degrees Celcius
Boil the pumpkin in water until all pieces are soft
Drain and puree
Fry the onions in the oil until turning brown
Add the water and the sugar and continue to caramelise for 10-15 minutes
In a bowl, with the eggs, cream, milk and nutmeg
Take the crust and spread the pumpkin puree on top
Top this with the caramelised onions
Top this with the egg mix
Top this with as much crumbled feta as you can handle
Bake for 20-30 minutes or until firm on top

This was the first time I've ever made a tart, and it was as easy as pie, if you'll pardon the pun! It also saves very well overnight and makes for a great lunch the next day. With a basic spinach salad, it's perfection a la Francais.


  1. i am so lucky to be astrid's mum so i had the chance to taste her delicious tart

  2. You've raised a great chef! I can't wait to try her other recipes. I know she can make very good cakes too!