‘This ‘pie’ is so incredibly quick to make. It is literally an all in one and the ground oats give it a great texture and absorb the liquid that the raw vegetables release to give it body and remove any hint of sogginess. Serve warm or cold, so incredibly delicious and packed with vegetables. It is quick and easy to prepare and economical and has been one of the most favourite recipes of this year’
You will need:
200g self raising flour
50g stone ground oat meal
250g ricotta or soft fresh gbejna cheeses
200g mixed grated vegetables [on tv I used sweet potato and zucchini]
2 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs or parsley [on tv I used Fresh Marjoram]
a pinch of dried mixed herbs [on tv I used dried Marjoram]
salt and pepper
3 mature gbejna cheeses cut across in half
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoons olive oil
21 cm loose-bottomed round cake tin or 1lb loaf tin covered with baking paper
Preheat the oven to 180C.
Brush the cake tin with a good olive oil.
Grate coarsely the vegetables of your choice and keep aside.
Sieve the flour twice. Add the oatmeal and some salt and mix in.
In a separate bowl combine the ricotta or fresh soft gbejna cheese with the eggs by mashing with a fork and then mixing until it is of an even consistency.
Place the grated vegetables in the bowl with the flour and mix gently so that all the vegetable pieces are well covered.
Pour the ricotta batter over the flour and vegetable mixture and use a large metal spoon to fold in. Test for a dropping consistency and add a tablespoon of water at a time if necessary to achieve a dropping consistency.
Immediately pour the batter into the prepared cake tin. Cut the gbejna cheeses in half and arrange on top of the ‘tart’.
Scatter the sesame seeds on top and bake in a preheated oven for 40 minutes until it becomes golden. Brush the top lightly with a good olive oil and serve hot or cold.
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Mornflake Oats are imported, distributed and marketed by Rimus Group and available in leading supermarkets and stores. They are available in gluten free packs.
Lea thanks Ange Paola, Analise the Make up Artist, Flormar Malta. Plants and arrangements by Brian Camilleri at Warda Flower Shop in Qormi