EASTER PIE

TOURTE PASCALE

Among the French dishes traditional served at Easter, you’ll find tourte pascale, a delicious  pies in a flaky crust with eggs nested inside the filling. The original intention was to use up surplus eggs that hens laid during Lent.

INGREDIENTS

·        500g block of short crust pastry, halved

·        2 tbsp olive oil

·        300gm fresh spinach, centre ribs removed, finely chopped

·        100gm fresh goat’s cheese

·        1 tsp salt

·        Black pepper to season

·        Grated nutmeg

·        Eggs: 2 whole + 2 yolks (save the white to make macaroons or meringues)

·        1 tbsp milk, for glazing


METHOD

1.  Wilt the spinach with ½ tsp of salt until the leaves become a little darker. Don’t overcook. Cover and set aside to cool.

2.  When the spinach is cool, combine it in a bowl with the goat’s cheese and ½ tsp of salt. Sprinkle generously with grated black pepper and grated nutmeg.

3.  Heat the oven to 200°C, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

4.  Roll out half the pastry to make a circle about 10 inches (25cm) in diameter, using an upturned plate as a template to cut a circle. Save the trimmings.

5.  Arrange the spinach and cheese mix on top, leaving a margin of about 4cm (1½ inches), and create four little wells in the spinach. Break 1 whole egg into two of the wells, and put the yolks of two others in the remaining wells (Or you can just use 4 small whole eggs instead).

6.  Roll out the other half of the pastry, and place it on top of the pie, crimping the edges to seal them. Brush the top and edges with milk. Use the trimmings to make designs to on top of the pie and brush with more milk.

7.  Bake for 35-40 minutes until the pie is golden brown.


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