Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Vegie Ribbon Tart: Vegan MoFo

It was so pretty!  Who could resist those curly vegetable roses!  Not this little black duck!  I was onto it within a week of reading the Coles Magazine.  The difference in my recipe from the one I first saw was that it had a vegan cream instead of an egg and cheese mixture.  I also added zucchini to my roses which added some nice colour.  And I made less roses because this was a really time consuming tart.

Using puff pastry for the base is wise because I spent enough time on the roses that I didn't have much energy leftover for other components.  Slicing vegetables into strips with a vegetable peeler took ages.  I thought I should wait til the puff pastry was cooked to start but I took longer on the slicing the vegies took even longer.

Luckily I had some cashew cream so I didn't need any time to put that together.  I actually had a couple of different versions of the cream I had been playing with.  One batch had some truffle oil mixed in and one had herbs and broccoli mixed in.  I actually had the white cashew cream on top but wondered if it would have looked better with the green cashew cream.

I had planned to make this on a relaxed weekend because we didn't have much planned.  Yet even on a quiet weekend we were busy enough with housework, grocery shopping and chatting with neighbours.  So I didn't start on this as early as I intended.

This is not a good tart to make when you are pushed for time.  It is quite time consuming.  So by the time I had taken the tart from the oven, photographed it and tasted it, it was too late to decide to return it to the oven despite the vegies not being cooked enough.  I still don't know how to test the vegies for cooked.  Definitely not with the eyeball.  But I was not surprised because I have had lots of problems baking any dishes in the oven with raw and thinly sliced vegies.  Perhaps it is my oven or my baking style.  If anyone has tips they are welcome.  And despite the vegies being undercooked, I would make this tart again because I loved how it looked as well as finding it quite tasty.

This post is part of Vegan MoFo 2018 this month.  I noted in the last post that my computer is not working.  I hope I now have a solution and can spend a bit more time on Vegan MoFo.  Stay tuned folks!

More vegan savoury pastry recipes on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Eccles cakes with leeks, spinach and blue cheese (v)
Haggis neeps and tatties pasties (v)
Pasties with lentils and walnuts (v)  
Samosa pie (v)
Stargazy pie (v)
St Patrick's Day potato pie (v)

Vegie Ribbon Tart
Adapted from via Coles Magazine, August 2018
Serves 4

2 square ready rolled puff pastry
2 cups cashew cream
1 carrot
1 parsnip
1 zucchini
1/2 beetroot
1/4 large sweet potato

Lay one sheet of puff pastry on a baking paper lined baking tray.  Cut the other sheet into 8 strips.  Place four strips on each side of the square of puff pastry and repeat with the remaining strips.  Brush soy milk onto each strip before laying it down.  Brush milk over the top strips.  Prick the base with a fork all over.  Bake at 200 C for 20 minutes until light golden brown.

While the pastry bakes, take a vegetable peeler or mandolin and cut into thin slices.  This took me quite a bit of time.

Once pastry is baked, cool slightly and press down a little if it has puffed up inside the edges.  Spread with cashew cream.

Roll up pieces of vegetable to make roses and press into the cashew cream.  The vegie strips should not be too wide so if they are, they should be cut in half.  When you have made a rose, before pressing into the cashew cream, it might be good to trip it if it is too big or has large bits hanging down.  Make roses different sizes and having different vegies in roses.

Bake for 20 minutes or until vegies are tender.

NOTES: After 20 minutes my vegies weren't cooked enough but I am not sure how long would work or how you tell.

On the stereo:
A short album about love: Divine Comedy

This post is part of the Vegan Month of Food (Vegan MoFo) in September 2018.  Go to my Vegan MoFo list for more of my 2018 Vegan MoFo posts.   


  1. That tart is too pretty to eat! You did such a nice job. I can understand how getting the veggies cooked would be a challenge, though. I think I'll try using veggies that don't have to be cooked at all (like carrots and beets) and using the roses as a salad garnish.

  2. Wow, that looks amazing! I can't imagine creating anything so pretty!

  3. Gorgeous. I have had a similar recipe bookmarked from last year and have not got round to making, you have encouraged me to do so in the next few days esp. with my homegrown courgettes


Thanks for dropping by. I love hearing from you. Please share your thoughts and questions. Annoyingly the spammers are bombarding me so I have turned on the pesky captcha code (refresh to find an easy one if you don't like the first one)