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Lyndey Milan’s Mediterranean vegetable pie recipe

This recipe is from Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets – airing Mondays from July 14 on Foxtel’s LifeStyle FOOD channel at 8.30pm. Encore episodes on Tuesdays at 12.00pm and 5.00pm, Saturdays at 9.30am and 8.00pm and Sundays at 12.30pm and 6.30pm. Serves 4-6. Preparation 40 minutes, Cooking 40 minutes.

Ingredients

1 red capsicum
1 green or yellow capsicum
1 small eggplant
1 medium zucchini
2 eschallots, peeled
1 small head garlic, separated into cloves, peeled
1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
120g goats’ cheese

Olive oil pie crust
2 cups (320g) wholemeal plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup (125ml) cold water
1/3 cup (80ml) extra virgin olive oil

Herbed tapenade
1 cup (150g) pitted black olives
1/4 cup (35g) semi-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
2 tbs (40ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs (40ml) red wine vinegar
1/4 cup thyme or oregano leaves

Method

Preheat oven to 200C (180 fan forced) and line two large baking trays with baking paper.

For the vegetables
Chop capsicums, eggplant, zucchini and eschallots into a 2cm dice. Tumble onto one of the prepared tray with garlic cloves, drizzle with olive oil and toss with your hands to ensure all are coated. Season well salt and pepper and roast for 20 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked through, tossing the vegetables after 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.

For the olive oil pie crust
Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add cold water and olive oil. Using one hand, quickly mix the ingredients together just until they form a ball. Place the ball on the remaining prepared tray and, using your fingers, push the dough into rectangle shape measuring 30cm x 23cm. It should be 0.5cm thick. Using your thumb and pointer finger press the pastry edges to form an edge of around 1cm, then, pinch pleat this edge using your fingers. Bake the pie crust for 10 minutes.

For the herbed tapenade
Using the hand blender, place tapenade ingredients into the chopper attachment. Fit the blending arm, select speed 5, puree until smooth.

Remove the pie crust from the oven, spread the base with herbed tapenade, top with roasted vegetables and crumble over goats’ cheese. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes or until the pie is golden and cooked through. If the vegetables and cheese are browning too much, cover with a sheet of aluminium foil. Slice and serve immediately.

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