Zucchini Tart

Easy Zucchini Tart, perfect with side salad

Courgette Tart


What is the difference between pie and tart?

A question I often asked myself.

Pie

Often serve in the dish that it is baked in, like apple pie.
Pie has sloping side with crust on all around and its covered too.

Tart

Pastry or crumb base covering the bottom and sides.
Usually not covered.

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How To Make Zucchini tart?

List of ingredients to make zucchini | courgette tart is in the recipe card below.

1. First and foremost, prepare short crust pastry.
You might want to this before hand as pastry needs to be chilled in the refrigerator.

2. Roll pastry onto a tart/ flan baking dish.
The short crust pastry recipe below is for rectangular loose base baking pan (photo below)

easy steps to make short crust pastry
crumbly short crust pastry

3. Prepare the filling of egg- flour mixture
Then add chives, feta and pepper
Pour into the pre-baked tart pan.
Arrange the thinly sliced zucchini, halved cherry tomatoes.

Mixing egg and flour
Add feta cheese and chives to pastry
Arranging courgette in the tart pan

Do you bake the tart shell before filling?

Yes I do.
See Recipe Card below for further instruction.

Pre-bake tart shell is better to avoid soggy bottom.

No one like soggy bottom tart, right?  :D

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How do you serve the tart?

The best time to serve this zucchini tart is straight from the oven.

In summer, I would serve my zucchini tart with summer salad.

However in winter, or cooler weather, I most prefer to serve my zucchini tart with warm roast vegetables or roast tomatoes.

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Can I use Store Bought short Crust Pastry Instead?

Yes.
You can definitely use the store bought short crust pastry instead of making short crust pastry from scratch.

Store bought short crust pastry will not be as crumbly as homemade short crust pastry.

Can I freeze my left over Zucchini Tart?

Not advisable to freeze.

However, any left over zucchini tart can be refrigerate and consume within 2 days.

Word of advice, DO NOT LEAVE any leftover in the pantry overnight, especially in summer.
It will quickly turn bad!!!

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Zucchini Tart


Zucchini Tart
Yield: 6
Author:
Easy zucchini and feta tart is a delicious vegetarian recipe for any time of the day and perfect with a side salad.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium size zucchini / courgette - thinly sliced
  • 3 eggs (total net weight approximately 160g to 165g)
  • 85ml olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped chives or 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 2/3 cup | 100g creamy feta
  • 1/2 cup | 75 g plain flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • cherry tomatoes - halved
  • mint sprigs
  • salt and pepper
Roast Cherry Tomatoes on Truss (optional)
  • 3 cherry tomatoes on truss
  • olive oil
  • salt
Shortcrust Pastry
  • 1 1/2 cup | 250g plain flour
  • 1 1/4 stick | 140g chilled butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 tablespoon ice cold water

Instructions:

How to cook Zucchini Tart

Short Crust Pastry
  1. Sieve flour twice, in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add salt
  3. Add cold butter.
  4. Using 2 butter knives to cut butter to small pieces. * (see note 1)
  5. Once butter has partially integrate with flour, continue the process using fingers to mix the flour and butter into breadcrumb like mix.
  6. Add egg yolks
  7. Mix the egg yolks with flour and butter mix.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of water * (see note 2)
  9. Mix until the mixture comes together into a dough.
  10. Wrap and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes.
Roasting tomatoes
  1. Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced)
  2. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
  3. Using a toothpick, make a small hole to let the vent off the tomatoes.
  4. Drizzle olive oil 
  5. Season with salt
  6. Roast for 20 minutes
  7. Remove and set aside
Prepping the Zucchini Tart
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160C
  2. Roll out the pastry to fit into 13 inch x (35cm by 12 cm) loose base long rectangular tin.* (see note 3)
  3. Place a layer of greaseproof paper on the tart and top with beans or rice grains.
  4. Blind bake for 10 minutes
  5. Remove the beans and continue to bake for another 10 minutes.
  6. In a jug or another mixing bowl, lightly beat the eggs.
  7. Sieve flour and baking powder twice
  8. Add into the egg mixture and mix well.
  9. Add olive oil, feta, chives and salt.
  10. Pour into the tart.
  11. Arrange the sliced zucchini | courgettes in rows (as per photo)
  12. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
  13. Serve immediately with salad

Notes:

Notes 1 : this is to prolong the 'chilled' factor within the butter 2: if the flour mix has not come together just yet, add additional tablespoon of water. 3: Not to worry if the pastry is easily broken and you are not able to lift onto the pan. Just pick up the broken pieces and patch up the void in the pan, making sure that the thickness is more or less the same.
Calories
658.67
Fat (grams)
47.23
Sat. Fat (grams)
21.06
Carbs (grams)
46.19
Fiber (grams)
2.73
Net carbs
43.46
Sugar (grams)
3.27
Protein (grams)
13.68
Sodium (milligrams)
618.40
Cholesterol (grams)
232.03
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Easy zucchini and feta tart is a delicious vegetarian recipe for any time of the day and perfect with a side salad.






What I wrote then...

I am stoked as this is one of the most 'pretty' Zucchini, Feta and Chives pie, I have baked :D

Zucchini or Courgette?
Which of the two sounds "yummm.." to you?

Zucchini/ Courgette belongs to the spesies cucurbita pepo.
... and I always known it as Courgette and I prefer courgette .... it sounds so romantic ....so French (well ... it is a French word!!) French loan word commonly used in the UK ;P

Zucchini is tasteless!
I don't mind Zucchini, as long as it is steamed or cooked... but NOT eating it RAW!!! too sappy for my liking :(

My teens... however, aren't too keen on having zucchini, steamed or otherwise!!

I found Belinda Jeffrey's mini cookbook in a secondhand bookshop, for $2...browsed and had the itch to try her Zucchini, Feta and Dill pie. 
I tried her recipe of grating zucchini (Belinda's recipe ). Excellent!! with zucchini hidden within the egg-flour mixture. They won't know and I won't tell ;P

All done...baked, cooled and served... 

Surprisingly... not a word from both!!! No complaints!!!
...must have loved the pie as both were asking for second helping :D.

Second time round, I introduced the sliced zucchini version...
Guess what???  it went down well with both teens, this recipe is a keeper :D

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7 comments:

  1. what a fabulous great pie you have made! Looks really delicious too.

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  2. Beautiful and so mouthwatering! This is a wonderful pie.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  3. Wow Lisa... realy beautiful Pics!!!!!

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  4. Courgette sounds so lovely, but it will always be zucchini to me. What a great way to incorporate it!

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  5. Beautiful tart. I made one with eggplant and ricotta earlier this week and it was great. Yours look fabulous.

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  6. Love yummy! I am used to the word courgette and yes it sounds soft and romantic!! :)

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  7. This is a fantastic quiche! I love the rectangular mould.

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