Every time someone mentions Waitrose to someone I know, they quote the late Alan Coren’s observations about Sainsburys:
“The best thing about Sainsburys is that it keeps the riff-raff out of Waitrose.”
Personally, I think this is a load of nonsense. People may decide that they are in the ‘elite’ because they decide to pay more for vegetables and loo roll, but that doesn’t mean anything about anybody else.
Saying that, there are some very nice things in Waitrose, and their avocados are nearly always perfect. They also do excellent free recipe booklets every season, and this recipe is from the autumn book.
This tart/pie was very tasty, but probably would have been tastier if I had made my own pastry – meh. I’m still a bit scared of making my own pastry. Its silly really, but then I’m not as scared of spiders as I used to be. So it seems ok in balance.
Another good thing about using ready made pastry is that this dish then becomes something relatively speedy, of the weeknight supper variety.
Serves four, assuming that everyone will want a corner piece, with leftovers
1kg butternut or coquina squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
75g cream cheese (low fat or tofutti is fine)
½ or ¼ chilli powder
2 tbsp fresh thyme, leaves only
salt and pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
Handful pine nuts (optional)
(Guiltily) 1 sheet shortcrust pastry, defrosted if frozen (they are just over 200g)
Boil of steam the cubes of squash for approx 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain well and mash them with the cream cheese, chilli, thyme and seasoning. Set aside to cool down a bit.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees, 180 with fan.
While the squash is steaming, fry the onion slices in olive oil with a pinch of salt over a medium heat, for 7-10 minutes until softened and golden. If using, add the pine nuts to the pan for the last few minutes.
Stir two thirds of the fried onions (and pine nuts) into the mashed squash, reserving the remainder for artful scattering.
Unroll the pastry sheet onto a baking tray. Lightly score a border in the pastry, roughly 3cm from the edge. Dollop the cooled squash mixture into the pastry (within the border), and artfully scatter the remaining fried onions over the top.
Fold the pastry edges over the filling to make a snug little frame, and bake the tart for 30 or so minutes, until golden.
|When I make this again, I would probably brush the pastry with a bit of milk or egg to make it shine.|