Individual Provencal Vegetable Tarts

Prep Time: 45 Min Servings: 5 servings Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:
Dough

  • ¼ cup/30 g toasted, skinned hazelnuts
  • 1 cup/115 g white whole-wheat/wholemeal flour
  • ½ cup/60 g unbleached all-purpose/plain flour, plus extra for counter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp cold-press corn oil, chilled
  • ½ cup/120 ml ice water

Filling

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup/120 g chopped onions
  • 5 oz/125 g Asian eggplant/aubergine peeled and cut into ½-in/12mm cubes
  • 4 oz/115 g yellow squash, cut into ½-in/12-mm cubes
  • 4 oz/115 g zucchini/courgette, cut into ½-in/12-mm cubes
  • 3 medium scallions/spring onions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup/185 g diced ripe tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp coarsely cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup/15 g fresh basil, shredded, for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make the dough: preheat the oven to 400F/200C gas 6. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts to coarse bits. Add both flours and the salt and process to mix, then whirl in the oil. Add 7 tbsp/105 ml of the ice water and pulse just until the dough is lumpy looking. Scrape the dough out onto the floured counter, press it together. Don’t overwork the dough. On the floured counter, roll each disk out to a 7-in/17-cm round and transfer them carefully to a large, rimless baking sheet/tray covered with parchment paper or silicone baking sheet. Refrigerate.
  2. To make the filling: Heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the oil and onions and stir, reducing the heat to medium as they start to sizzle. Add the eggplant/aubergine, squash, and zucchini/courgette. Sauté, stirring constantly, to soften vegetables, about 5 minutes. Add the scallions/spring onions and rosemary. Cook, reducing heat to medium-low if the vegetables stick to the pan, until the vegetables are browned and shrunken, about 5 minutes, until the mixture is thick. Take the pan off heat and let the filling cool to room temperature.
  3. Remove the dough rounds from the refrigerator and mound one fourth of the vegetables in the centre of each round, leaving a 1½-in/4-cm border. Fold the dough over the filling and loosely pleat it, being careful not to tear it.Bake the tarts until the crusts are quite browned and crisp, about 20 minutes. Slide the tarts onto a serving platter or cutting board and let them stand for 5 minutes to firm up. Top the vegetables in the center with the basil and cut each tart into four wedges to serve one tart per plate.
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