- 1 tbsp olive oil
Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…
- small onion, finely chopped
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 250g pumpkin flesh (buy a large wedge and peel, or use leftovers from lantern-making), cut into small cubes of about 1cm
Pumpkins are the most famous of all the winter squashes, and are most associated with Halloween…
- 2 tsp tomato purée
- pinch grated nutmeg
One of the most useful of spices for both sweet and savoury…
- 75ml vegetable stock
- 375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
- egg, beaten
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- 50g cheddar, grated
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- 2 tbsp roasted pumpkin seed (from a packet)
Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, then add the onion and cook for 5 mins until softened and lightly golden. Stir in the pumpkin and tomato purée. Season with nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil before turning down to a simmer for 8-10 mins. The pumpkin should be just tender and almost all of the liquid evaporated. Spoon into a bowl and set to one side to cool.
Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Unroll the pastry and roll it out slightly thinner with a rolling pin. Cut out 8 diamond shapes approximately 10cm wide x 15cm long.
Brush each pastry diamond with beaten egg. Stir the grated cheese into the cooled pumpkin mixture, then divide between the diamonds, placing the mix on the top half of each piece of pastry. Fold the bottom of the diamond over the filling, pressing the edges together firmly to make a well-sealed triangle. Brush all over with egg glaze and scatter over a few pumpkin seeds, in star or moon shapes if you like. Chill for 30 mins, or overnight, covered with cling film, if you are making ahead. Bake for 20-25 mins until golden and puffed.