April is a birthday month for us - Mr P., his auntie, my sister, three friends and various ring-ins :-) We had a birthday gathering on Good Friday for Mr P. on our back deck. The first gathering here in I don't know how long - 'cos, you know - Covid ... It was wonderful. Wine and food and hugs. It was a fabulous feeling.
And next weekend is the Anzac Day long weekend, which commemorates all Australian and New Zealand soldiers. It has become a huge thing in recent years, bringing us all together. I will be baking many Anzac biscuits for the morning service :-) But for now, I present to you my pizza pie/slice, doing duty at two birthday teas this month (with more to come).
|golden crispy savoury seedy ...
2 sheets butter puff pastry, thawed
3 Tbs Mersey Valley spreadable vintage cheddar cheese, or similar soft cheese
2 Tbs cornflake crumbs or panko breadcrumbs
150g./5.5 oz ham, diced
1/2 cup mixed olives, pitted and chopped
3-4 wedges artichoke hearts, chopped
1/3 cup semi-dried tomato strips, chopped into wee pieces
2 Tbs fresh herbs, chopped - parsley and chives are my fave
a good sprinkling of dried oregano
black pepper, to taste
2 Tbs milk for glazing
several Tbs of white and black sesame seeds, and poppy seeds
Heat the oven to 190C/375F
Line a baking tray with baking paper
Place one piece of butter puff pastry on the paper
Spread the soft cheese over the pastry
Sprinkle the cornflake crumbs or panko over the soft cheese
Then layer on the ham, olives, artichoke hearts, and dried tomato
On go the herbs and black pepper
Cover with the other piece of pastry
Crimp the edges, and brush the whole shebang with the milk
Cast on your seeds and cut into squares with a ravioli cutter or knife
And ... bake! (for 25-30 mins.) till golden brown on top
I put the oven fan on for the last 5 minutes as I have a senile, doddery gas stove - this helps finish off the baking and crisp up the top layer
Eat warm or cold or however you fancy
I used the tomato strips without oil; and I put the remainder in a jar, cover with good EV olive oil and into the fridge it goes ...
I keep bags of chopped parsley and chives in the freezer; so handy to just tip some out when needed
Always buy the butter puff if you can; it's worth the expense (butter, not palm oil) and saves the orangutans!
P.S. Today is the anniversary of Shakespeare's death in 1616. Just in case you were interested ...
|chop the artichoke hearts
|place the pastry on the baking paper-lined tray
|scatter on the chopped goodies
|ready for the oven
|golden and delicious after 25-30 mins. @190C
|and over to Princess Pia's for her birthday arvo tea
|and here's Mr P, in his new birthday cap!
I searched online for quite a long time to find him this Harris Tweed cap! Did you know that Harris Tweed is like an appellation for cheese or wine? It is protected by an Act of Parliament in Britain. It has to be handwoven at the home of the weaver, and made in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Mr P. loves it!