Sunday, 22 April 2018

Pumpkin, sundried tomato and basil nut roast

It's been a pleasant weekend of sunshine and blue skies.  Yesterday Sylvia soaked up the sunshine in the park and today she made a house in the front yard with her friend.  Today, in between baking bread and stewing fruit, I swept up the debris left by the tradies who have fixed the tiles on our roof .  But my recipe today harks back to earlier in Autumn when I baked nut roast for Easter Sunday lunch.

I made the loaf to use up some pumpkin I had roasted, the dried up old sundried tomatoes in the back of the fridge and the basil from the garden.  It seemed to bring together Autumn and Spring just as we do in Australia when we celebrate Easter.

I was a bit worried about getting the texture right with the pumpkin.  I have tried some pumpkin nut roasts in the past that are a bit soft.  This one was actually a bit crumbly on the edge but I think that was because I left it in the oven a bit long.  When I make them to take to my mum's for lunch, they get baked twice: once at home and once at my mum's.  The middle was great and not too soft.

Above you can see I had a really lovely Easter lunch of nut roast, chutney, roast potato, peas and cauliflower cheese.  I had quite a bit leftover so I ended up mixing it crumbled with some leftover tomato pasta sauce.  It was like a thick bolognaise sauce.  I took it to work spread on a home made sourdough bread roll with some cream cheese.  I felt quite fancy at lunchtime. 

More vegan nut roasts on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Golden beetroot nut roast (v)
Lentil and mushroom nut roast (v)
Parsnip nut roast (v)
Sweet potato and poppy seed nut roast with strawberry glaze (v)
Welsh nutroast with laverbread, leeks and cheese (v)
Or just check out my complete nut roast list 

Pumpkin, Sundried Tomato and Basil Nut Roast
Adapted from the Vegan Society via Green Gourmet Giraffe
Serves 4-6

2 tsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
225g coarsely ground mix of almonds and cashews
1 cup diced and roasted pumpkin
100g dried breadcrumbs
1 handful basil, roughly chopped
20g dried sundried tomatoes 1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp seeded mustard
1 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tsp vegemite (or yeast extract)
1/3 cup hot water 
Seasoning to taste

Fry onion in oil.  Mix with nuts, pumpkin, breadcrumbs, basil, sundried tomatoes, paprika, mustard, and vinegar.  Mix vegemite into hot water and add to mixture.  Season.  Mix to combine and season.  The mixture should be clumping rather than a batter but when you pinch it between your fingers it should hold together.  Scrape into a greased and lined loaf tin.  Smooth top with the back of a spoon.  Bake at 180 C for 30 minutes or until golden brown and firm to touch.

NOTES: I used old really dried sundried tomatoes so I poured boiling water over them and drained it before adding the sundried tomatoes.  Then I used the hot water to mix with the vegemite.  I weighed my basil to be about 10g but I would use more if I had it and less if it was all I could get.

On the stereo:
Colin Meloy Sings Live


  1. Indeed it has been a pleasant w/e, so good that we actually managed to dry our clothing outside on a clothe drying rack - we don't have a washing line (a tumble dryer that has not been working well over the winter when you need it most), so we have been pleased.

    I am sorry to read that you had to have your roof tiles done, as you may remember we had major issues in Scotland with high winds and most recently with the unusual snow weather that impacted on our roof and tiles. Hope its all sorted now. Your pumpkin loaf looks good, I esp. like it in the sourdough bread roll.

  2. Apart from the clearing up, it sounds like a weekend spent well! We've had some blue skies over these parts, and it's been heavenly. I love nut roasts in all their endless variations, and I love paprika and sundried tomatoes together. Delicious!

  3. Every time you post a new nut roast recipe, I mean to try at least one of them, but have not done so yet. Although not a vegetarian, I think they sound really delicious. This one has too many ingredients that I do not have (and in the case of vegemite, I'm not likely to have it).

    best... mae at

  4. Sounds like a versatile dish and one that you can mix up with other leftovers! :D

  5. I do like the sound of this, especially as I love pumpkin.

  6. This looks like a great Easter meal and I like your reference to merging autumn and spring for Easter in Australia - so very true. Your recent weekend sounds lovely too and I hope the mild autumn continues for you.

  7. This sounds like a delicious recipe Johanna. The pumpkin is a fantastic addition and I am a huge fan of sundried tomato.
    Tiles and roof work sound expensive! But at least you should be dry with the winter months setting in x


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