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Red capsicum pithivier with parmesan pastry



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Parmesan puff pastry

  • 50 g Parmesan cheese, cut into cubes (2 cm)
  • 200 g Butter, cut into cubes (1 cm) and frozen
  • 200 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 80 g iced water


  • 180 g red onion, cut into halves
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 150 g red capsicum, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 25 g Butter
  • 40 g olive oil
  • 80 g mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 25 g walnuts, coarsely chopped
  • 20 g currants
  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 50 g crème fraiche
  • .5 teaspoon Vegetable stock paste, (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 egg

Recipe's preparation

    Parmesan puff pastry
  1. Place Parmesan cheese into mixing bowl and grate 8 sec/speed 8.

  2. Add frozen butter, plain flour and salt and mix 10 sec/speed 5, to a bread crumb consistency.

  3. Knead 1 min/ adding iced water through hole in mixing bowl.

  4. Turn pastry onto silicone bread mat or cling film, dust liberally with extra flour and form into a rectangle. Place into refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  5. Remove from refrigerator and roll to a rectangle about 60 cm x 20 cm. Fold the left third of the pastry across the centre third. Fold the right third of hte pastry across the centre as well. Turn the pastry one quarter turn to the right. Dust with flour and roll out to 60 cm x 20 cm again. Fold as before. Turn the pastry one quarter turn to the right. Dust with flour and roll out to 60 cm x 20 cm again. Fold as before. Place pastry into refrigerator for 30 minutes (or freezer for 15 minutes).

  6. Filling
  7. Place onion and garlic into mixing bowl and chop 2 sec/speed 5.

  8. Add capsicum, butter and olive oil and cook 10 min/Varoma/speed 1.

  9. Add mushrooms, walnuts, currants and sage and cook 12 min/100°C//speed 1.

  10. Add créme fraîche, vegetable stock paste (optional), salt and pepper and cook 16 min/100°C//speed 1/2, without measuring cup.

  11. Taste for seasoning and set aside to cool.

  12. Assembly
  13. Preheat oven to 190°C.

  14. Remove pastry from refrigerator or freezer and divide in two pieces. Roll each into a circle (approx. 25 cm). Retain scraps for decoration. Place one circle on a lined baking tray. Spoon over cooled filling to 4 cm of the edge of the circle.

  15. Crack egg into a small bowl, lightly whisk and brush edge of pastry circle with egg. Lay second pastry circle over the filling and crimp edge with a fork to seal. Brush top of pastry with egg. Add decoration and brush that with egg too. Pierce top with a knife or fork.

  16. Bake for 30 minutes (190°C). Remove and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing into wedges.

  17. Pithivier can be eaten warm or cold.


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A pithivier is a French puff pastry tart, traditionally made with sweet almond cream. This savoury interpretation still has sweetness from the slow-cooked onions and dried fruit. It's a lovely dish to bring to a picnic, party or Christmas spread and can also be a tasty way to use up Christmas leftovers (see variation below).

Variation: Add a handful of diced leftover Christmas ham or turkey, If using turkey, replace the currants with dried cranberries.

You can also make smaller individual tarts.

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  • Loved the taste of the filling very flavoursome...

    Submitted by Mozziemel on 23. April 2017 - 08:11.

    Loved the taste of the filling very flavoursome and the parmeson in the pastry adds that extra zing!
    However next time I would make it with frozen pastry.. maybe shortcrust simply for ease and quickness.
    I would also sprinkle the parmeson onto the pastry as suggested by Lindy62.
    I used cream as I didnt have the creme fraiche.
    Definately one to remember

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  • This is so delicious thanks

    Submitted by ArwensThermoPics on 17. December 2015 - 20:42.

    This is so delicious thanks Dani tmrc_emoticons.-)

    Cooking from scratch  www.arwensthermopics.com

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  • Yummmm, made it with frozen

    Submitted by Lindy62 on 11. December 2015 - 22:51.

    Yummmm, made it with frozen puff pastry which I sprinkled with the Parmesan then rolled with a rolling pin. Looked fabulous, tasted amazing & is now on the Christmas menu!!

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  • OMG this looks divine and

    Submitted by mykky48 on 7. December 2015 - 19:56.

    OMG this looks divine and will be on my bucket list of Xmas fare!!! Thanks

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