Combat cooler nights by tucking into a wonderfully warming, gorgeously creamy pie. This golden pie is packed with baked Camembert, sweet butternut squash, aubergine and courgette. You can even give this pie recipe a scarily good Halloween makeover – just take a look at our spooky tip below.
- Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Toss the sliced vegetables with the olive oil and spread over two baking trays in a single layer. Season well and roast for 40 minutes, until soft and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
- Halve one 500g block of pastry, dust with a little flour, and roll out each half into a 25 x 25cm square. Lay one square on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper and brush with egg.
- Arrange half the cheese on top of the base layer of pastry in a circle of 18cm diameter. Cover with the vegetables and remaining Camembert. (For a layered effect, layer the squash, aubergine and courgette slices in turn.)
- Drape the second pastry square over the vegetables. Trim both layers of pastry into a circle. Press the layers firmly together to seal. Use a fork to create a pattern around the border, then lightly brush the pastry with beaten egg.
- Use a small, sharp knife to cut out a flower and leaves from the excess pastry, and arrange on top.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until puffed and golden. Rest for 5 minutes before slicing into wedges to serve.
Spooky tip: To turn this tasty pie into a Halloween showstopper, as shown here, simply complete steps 1-4, but instead of cutting out flowers and leaves, roll out the additional 250g (8oz) pastry to a 22cm square. Using a small, sharp knife, cut the shape of a pumpkin out of the pastry, including a stalk, and lightly score on a face. Lay the pumpkin on top of the pie and brush the top of the whole pie with beaten egg. Cutting through the two layers of pastry, cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Then complete step 6 of the method and enjoy a spooky supper.
Freezing and defrosting guidelines
In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. Always defrost and heat thoroughly before eating. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.
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