recipe-  zucchini, quinoa & goat cheese tart

recipe- zucchini, quinoa & goat cheese tart

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zucchini, quinoa & goat cheese tart  

recipe by  Cannelle et Vanille

Makes one 9-inch square or round tart

Quinoa and olive oil crust

  • 1⁄2 cup superfine brown rice flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1⁄2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1/3 cup  almond flour
  • 1⁄4 cup amaranth flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup olive oil

Zucchini, quinoa, and goat cheese filling

  • 1⁄4 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt, plus more for quinoa
  • 2 medium zucchini, grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 spring onions or 2 medium leeks, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 60g crème fraîche or heavy cream
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 60g goat cheese, crumbled
  • watercress, for garnish

Preheat the oven to 190°C. Make the crust. Combine the first six ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to aerate the ingredients. Add the olive oil and 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) cold water. Pulse until the dough comes together. Transfer the dough to a work surface, knead it a couple of times, and press it into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Dust a work surface with superfine brown rice flour and roll the dough to a 1⁄8-inch thickness. Roll the dough carefully around the rolling pin and place it over a 9-inch square or round tart mold. Fill the mold. Pinch the cracked pieces together and trim the edges. Transfer the tart mold to the refrigerator and chill for 30 minutes.

Place the tart on a baking sheet and cover it with a piece of parchment paper. Add pie weights or dry beans and blind-bake for 20 minutes. Remove the beans and the parchment and bake for another 10 minutes. Let the crust cool while preparing the filling (leave the oven on).

Prepare the filling and bake the tart. Reduce the oven heat to 180°C. In a small saucepan, combine the quinoa, 1⁄2 cup (125 ml) water, and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Place the grated zucchini in a bowl and add 1⁄2 teaspoon of the salt. Transfer to a colander set on top of a bowl and let macerate for 15 minutes. This will release some of the moisture from the zucchini. Discard the water collected in the bowl. In a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the drained zucchini and spring onions. Cook for about 5 minutes, until they soften. Add the cooked quinoa and stir. Remove from the heat and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, crème fraîche, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, lemon zest, and pepper. Spread the zucchini mixture over the tart crust. Pour the custard over the vegetables. Top with the crumbled goat cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the custard sets. Let the tart cool for 15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature garnished with the watercress. The tart can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 1 month.