Wholemeal pastry is really easy to make and is wonderfully healthy. So this recipe has an extra kick of fibre and good health. Also it uses brown flaxseed, ground finely. You can easily get all the ingredients in your regular supermarket. A complete bonus! No need to go to a specialist food shop!
Wholemeal olive oil pastry
- food processor or large bowl
- 280 grams wholemeal plain flour
- 20 grams Organic brown flaxseed meal
- 120 ml olive oil
- 175 ml cold water
- Place flour and flax meal into a food processor, and gradually add the olive oil and water through the lid, whilst gently pulsing it. Dough should just come together in about 1 minute.
- Take out and knead gently on a floured board. Divide into 4 pieces if using single flan tins, or leave as one if using the 22cm tin. You can chill it for 30 minutes, tightly wrapped in clingfilm, but it's not essential if you are on a time thing! I usually roll it out, put in tins, then chill for 10 minutes.
- Spray oil four loose bottom individual flan tins or one large flan tin and roll pastry out to fit, coming a little bit up over the side to allow for shrinkage when baking. Blind bake for 15 minutes, then another 5 uncovered. Can be frozen at this point.
- Fill with your choice of vegetables, cheeses etc. (see other recipes on my website). Bake for about 25 minutes, depending on your filling choice.
Wholemeal pastry and all the additions you can do!
You can add different things to this pastry recipe. I added a quarter of a cup of finely grated Parmesan cheese when using it for a base of a roast vegetable tart. For a Mexican kick, add a teaspoon of fresh chilli paste. Then fill the tart with pulled pork, kidney beans and chopped tomatoes. After you’ve baked it, top it off with guacamole and sour cream!
See this recipe Asparagus and Feta Quiche, for a fantastic family dinner or lunch with friends.
Benefits of flaxseed in your weekly diet
This recipe has the addition of brown flaxseed meal, which gives it an extra health boost. I’ve also added some black chia seeds at times. And pepitas, which makes it a bit crunchier, but really nice if you are putting a loaded creamy cheese filling – they balance each other nicely.