Kale, Olive & Macadamia Tart

Kale Tart 1 I love Kale! There are so many ways you can cook Kale. From chips to smoothies, there are so many options when it comes to this brassica. I love iron rich and vitamin rich foods! Kale has become a real foodie loving vegetable and it’s not hard to see why!

This tart is a variation of my Heirloom Tomato Tart. It’s basically the same in terms of the pastry & egg mix, just a few different ingredients in the filling!Kale Tart 2 I love olives! I’m dying to go to Italy and just eat olives! Between my obsession with olives, olive oil and tomatoes, I think I should have been Italian!

The saltiness of the olives in this tart matches the kale so nicely! The crunch of the macadamias pairs so nicely with the creaminess of the cream cheese.

Same as with my Heirloom Tomato Tart the pastry is made from spelt using my old pastry ratio I learnt when I studied as a chef. It’s still really light and melts in the mouth as it’s loaded with butter!  Enjoy this beautiful autumn tart! Kale Tart 3  

Kale, Olive & Macadamia Tart
Serves 6
A delicious variation of my Heirloom Tomato Tart
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PASTRY
  1. 100g Organic Wholemeal Spelt Flour
  2. 100g Organic White Spelt Flour
  3. ½ tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  4. 100g Organic Butter
  5. 40g Water
FILLING
  1. 30g Saracino Sheep Cheese
  2. 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  3. 4 Medium Brown Onions
  4. 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  5. 1 Tbsp Rapadura Sugar
  6. 50g Organic Butter
  7. 1/3 Bunch Organic Kale, de-veined & roughly chopped
  8. 4 Large Organic Eggs
  9. 60g Sour Cream
  10. 60ml Milk
  11. 1/2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  12. 100g Cream Cheese, cut into cubes
  13. 10 Kalamata Olives, pitted & sliced in halves
  14. 20g Macadamias, quartered
  15. Few sprigs Italian parsley, finely chopped
PASTRY
  1. To make the pastry place the flours, butter & salt into the Thermomix bowl. Process for 8-10 Sec/Speed 6 until the mixture just resembles breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and knead 10-20 Sec. Transfer the dough to a sheet of cling wrap, press together, cover in cling wrap, flatten and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to rest. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  3. Roll out the dough to approx. 3mm thickness press into a large rectangular tart shell. Prick with a fork. Place back into the fridge for a further 15-30 mins to chill.
  4. Place a small piece of baking paper over the pastry and fill the case with pie weights. Blind bake for 15 minutes. Allow to cool before taking the pie weights out of the case.
FILLING
  1. Place the saracino sheep cheese into the Thermomix and mill 10 Sec/Speed 9. Set aside.
  2. To make the caramelised onions, heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onions. Cook the onions, stirring occasionally until very well browned. The thinner the onions are sliced the better caramelisation you will get. Add the vinegar and sugar right at the end and stir to combine. Take off the heat and set aside in a bowl.
  3. While the pan is still hot, place back on the heat, add the butter and kale and cook the kale, stirring until just wilted. It should retain it's beautiful vibrant green colour! Take off the heat and set aside.
  4. Place the eggs, sour cream, milk, & salt into the Thermomix bowl. Mix 10 Sec/Speed 4.
  5. To assemble, scatter the onions evenly over the base of the tart, follow with the cream cheese, kale, olives & macadamias.
  6. Pour over the egg mix and finish with the reserved grated cheese & parsley.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until just set and golden brown. Serve warm or cool.
Notes
  1. Try my Heirloom Tomato Tart
  2. You can easily make this tart dairy free by substituting the sour cream for coconut cream, the milk for almond or rice milk, and leave out the cheeses!
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Kale Chips

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So who’s tried these things?? A wonderful craze of the healthy foodie world! What a seriously brilliant snack though! My 22 month old has been munching on them since around 1 (when it’s ok to introduce collards), and he just loves them! I find it such a fun way of introducing healthy snacks for kids and there are just so many varieties you can make! You just need to get creative!

I spent quite some time playing around with different oven temperatures until I found what I think is the perfect temp! (You can of course use a dehydrator, but this is how you do it in an oven). Some say 200º, others 180º, but I kept finding it was so tricky to not let them burn. I mean only slightly brown on the edges, but I didn’t like the slight bitter flavour that even a brown edge gives. I also love the vibrant green colour of kale and want to preserve that as much as possible! So 150º degrees does it for me! They always come out vibrant green, with no brown edges and are beautiful light crispy ‘chips’.

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You will notice that it is such a small amount of oil used. It’s really important not to drown the kale in oil as they won’t dry out and get that slightly crispy texture if you use too much. It’s also important to rub it all in as much as possible so you don’t end up with some really drenched leaves and some leaves that completely miss out!

Kale Chips
Delicious crispy guilt-free clean eating chips!!!...Even the kids will love them!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Bunch Kale (Curly Green or Cavalo Nero)
  2. 2 tsp Olive Oil
  3. 2 tsp Savoury Yeast Flakes
  4. 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  5. 1 tsp Onion Powder
  6. sprinkle Celtic Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 150ºC. Line some large baking trays with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Take all the kale off the stalks, being careful not to rip the leaves too much. Wash the kale thoroughly and spin dry.
  3. Break the leaves into small 'chip' size pieces.
  4. Place into a large bowl along with all the other ingredients. Gently massage the oil and powders into the leaves of the kale, making sure that all the surface areas of the leaves are covered.
  5. Lay the kale leaves on the baking trays, leaving gaps between the leaves so they have room to crisp up. Too close and they will stay soggy.
  6. Place into the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes (or until crisp), turning them with tongs once during this time.
  7. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  8. Store in an airtight container or jar for 3-5 days.
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