Sweet potato & tofu pie with rye shortcrust

18 Feb

There’s no hiding the fact that this crust is crumbly as all hell. So crumbly that it was transported to work for lunches in the mini terracotta dish in which it was baked. So crumbly that it nigh-on shatters at the sight of a knife. But is this a really bad thing? Is it?

Not sure about that. This was a good pie. A good pie. It would have been vegan too, if it weren’t for those pesky kids …. or Woman’s 10pm panic at the failure of the pastry dough to bind, thus placing her in an egg vs oil conundrum. O, the choices of Solomon! The yolk won out, but should you prefer to go for a vegan pastry, I’m sure more oil would do the trick.

This is obviously a savoury sweet potato pie (pumpkin would also do nicely). Tofu here manages to lighten the pie which would, without it, simple be encased mashed sweet potato.

Sweet potato & tofu filling

  • 2 C chopped sweet potato
  • 170g silken tofu
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dash of lemon juice

Rye shortcrust pastry (enough dough for 2x10cm round pie trays or one large one)

  • 2 C wholemeal rye flour
  • 1/3 C vegetable oil
  • 2 TBSP cold water
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp (+) salt

Heat oven to 200c. Chop sweet potato, lightly drizzle in oil and cook for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potato becomes mashable.

Meanwhile, mix the pastry ingredients. Roll into a ball and cover in cling film. Leave in the fridge for at least half an hour.

Cut in dough and roll to about 3mm in thickness (No need to actually measure it. Just roll it thin, but not crazy thin). Line oiled pastry dishes with the pastry and blind bake for about 15 minutes or until entirely cooked through.

Meanwhile… mash (or blitz) sweet potato and tofu. We used a dash of lemon for additional flavour, but you could try chili or fresh herbs, chopped olives or whatever floats your proverbial.

Pack filling into cooled pastry shells. No need to actually cook the tofu, you can eat as is, cold or re-heat the whole pie.

Estimated cost: £2.10

Musical accompaniment: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

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