Feta & Butternut Squash Tart

This lovely colourful tart is bursting with flavour - tangy feta, sweet squash and crunchy pine nuts, along with a tasty chutney base!

Makes 4
Suitable for home freezing


  • 200g Juvela Gluten-Free White Mix
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • 50g hard margarine
  • 50g (2oz) lard
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • Cold water
  • 2 tbsp onion chutney*
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste
  • 150g butternut squash peeled and thinly sliced
  • 200g feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • Large handful of rocket leaves
  • Method

    1. Place the Mix and xanthan gum in a bowl, cut the fats into small pieces using a knife and add them to the Mix. (It is important to keep the fats as cold and hard as possible so leave them in the fridge right up until you need to use them).
    2. Using your fingertips, rub the fats into the Mix until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. (It is important not to over-rub the fats – any larger pieces left will be incorporated later when the pastry dough is kneaded).
    3. Lightly stir in the egg and then gradually add sufficient cold water to produce a soft but not sticky dough (you will probably need 2-3tbsp in total).
    4. Using your hands, move the mixture around the bowl allowing it to form a dough without actually forcing it together. When the dough starts to clean the bottom of the bowl, sufficient water has been added.
    5. The dough will still be quite crumbly, so this kneading stage is crucial. (This may seem very strange, but gluten-free pastry differs to traditional pastry as it actually benefits from being handled).
    6. Lightly dust a surface with Mix and knead the dough 1-2 minutes. The pastry will change in texture, becoming much smoother and more pliable.
    7. The pastry is now ready to use. To roll out, lightly dust the surface and the rolling pin with Mix and roll out using smooth short strokes. Keep the pastry moving around the surface but do not turn it over. As the piece gets bigger, use your rolling pin, rather than your hands, to pick it up.
    8. Roll out the pastry into a rectangle to fit a Swiss roll tin, pushing the edges up the sides of the tin.
    9. To make the filling, blanch the butternut squash in boiling water for a few minutes to soften slightly. Drain and set aside.
    10. Mix the chutney and harissa paste together and spread thinly over the pastry base.
    11. Top with slices of butternut squash, then feta and pine nuts.
    12. Bake in a preheated oven (190ºC/Fan 170ºC/375ºF/Gas Mark 5) for 20-25 until pastry is golden.
    13. Scatter with mint and rocket to serve.