Roast pumpkin is one of my favorite foods to cook with, so it's not surprising that Billie has embraced the sweet vegetable with vigor. In her early solids days it was mushed on its own or to sweeten up spinach, broccoli or tofu. Now she munches on it straight from the oven, cut up into little Billie bite-sized chunks.
We seem to be eating a lot of pumpkin in our household this Autumn. I roast it up to use in warm salads, lasagne and pies - such as this recent creation below. A few pieces of pumpkin are put aside for Billie, and the rest we devour.
This pie (definitely a 'big bite') is something I dreamed up in my head for literally years after being inspired by a version from a good pie warmer.
ROAST PUMPKIN AND CHICKPEA PIE WITH HOMEMADE BUTTER PASTRY
It's worth making your own quick pastry:
220g wholemeal flour
2-3 tblspns cold water
If you have a food processor, mix flour and butter together until crumbly and then add water until mixture forms a ball. If doing by hand, make sure the butter is very soft and then rub with flour between your fingertips, adding water next to make a ball. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Divide into two - make one slightly bigger, and use this for the base. Roll each out thinly. Grease a 24cm pie tin and line with pastry base. Bake empty for 10 minutes.
1/4 pumpkin - chopped roughly into large bite-sized chunks
1 leek (optional) - chopped roughly into large pieces
1 tin chickpeas or equivalent cooked from dried
2 beaten eggs
70 grams grated cheddar cheese (a strong vintage if possible)
salt as required (depending on strength of the cheddar)
Rub pumpkin and leek with oil and roast in hot oven for 20-30 minutes or until very soft. Blend or mash and stir through chickpeas, eggs, salt and pepper. Line pie case with half of the cheese. Spoon filling in and top with rest of cheese and pastry lid. Squash edges of pastry against edge of dish so sealed and bake in moderate oven for 15-20 minutes, until pastry crispy but not too browned.
Serve with steamed green beans, broccoli or a green salad.
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