beetroot and goat’s cheese spelt tart

  • 800g bunch mixed baby heirloom beetroot, trimmed, peeled and quartered
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • cracked black pepper
  • 80g goat’s cheese, crumbled

wholemeal hot water pastry

  • ¼ cup (50g) coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup (80ml) water
  • 1½ cups (210g) wholemeal (whole-wheat) spelt flour+
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt flakes
  • 2 teaspoons chopped thyme
  1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Place the beetroot, oil, thyme, garlic, onion, pomegranate molasses, salt and pepper in a deep-sided baking dish and toss to combine. 
  2. Cover with aluminium foil and cook for 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly. 
  3. Squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins into a small bowl and mash with a fork. Add to the beetroot and toss to combine. 
  4. To make the wholemeal hot water pastry, place the oil and water in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to the boil. Remove from heat, add the flour, salt and thyme and stir well to combine. 
  5. Turn out the dough on a clean work surface and knead until smooth. Roll out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to a 32cm x 24cm rectangle and place on a large oven tray. 
  6. Place the beetroot mixture in the centre of the pastry, reserving the cooking juices and leaving a 2cm border. Top with the goat’s cheese and fold over the edges of the pastry to enclose. 
  7. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes or until crisp and golden. Pour over reserved cooking juices to serve. Serves 4–6

+ Wholemeal spelt flour is high in fibre and has a lower level of gluten for easier digestion. Find it in supermarkets and health food stores. 

Photography: Con Poulos


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