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Vegan butternut squash pie

Published: December 22, 2021 at 10:22 am
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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • + cooling
  • Easy
  • Serves 6

This warming spiced pie is made with a vegan pie crust. It's just as good eaten the next day – leftovers make a great lunch with a dollop of mango chutney or extra harissa swirled into coconut yogurt

  • Vegan
Nutrition:
NutrientUnit
kcal831
fat41.3g
saturates20.5g
carbs90.9g
sugars9.6g
fibre12.6g
protein17.4g
salt1.1g
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Make this vegan butternut squash pie for a centrepiece, then check out our vegan shepherd's pie, vegan wellington, vegan nut roast and more vegan roast recipes.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • thumb-sized piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 x 400g tins chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 butternut squash, deseeded and cut into 2cm cubes (700g prepared weight)
  • 2 tbsp harissa
  • 400ml vegetable stock
  • 150g spinach
  • steamed greens or salad, to serve

PASTRY

  • 500g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 250g vegan baking block, cubed
  • 2 tbsp plant milk

Method

  • STEP 1
    For the pastry, whizz together the flour, turmeric, plant block and a pinch of fine sea salt in a food processor until the mixture looks like damp breadcrumbs. Add 3-4 tbsp of ice-cold water and pulse again until it comes together into a ball. Cover and chill.
  • STEP 2
    Heat the oil in a deep frying pan over a medium heat and fry the onions for 10 minutes until soft. Stir in the garlic and ginger, and fry for another 2 minutes. Add the spices and toast for a few seconds until fragrant, then stir in the chickpeas, squash, harissa and stock. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the squash is tender. Stir in the spinach, season well and cook for 5 minutes until the spinach has wilted and the sauce has thickened. Remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • STEP 3
    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Cut off a third of the pastry and set aside. Roll out the remaining pastry on a lightly floured worksurface to the thickness of a £1 coin. Use it to line a 23cm springform cake tin, leaving the excess overhanging the rim. Spoon in the filling. Roll out the remaining pastry into a 23cm circle, then use a little of the plant milk to attach it to the pastry base. Crimp the edges to seal and trim any excess using a serrated knife. Brush with the remaining milk and cut a steam hole in the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp, and the filling is piping hot throughout. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove to a serving plate and cut into wedges.

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