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Bacon and tomato polenta-crust pie

This pie is wonderful warm or cold, and makes a great addition to a picnic with a crisp green salad.

You'll need

4 heirloom tomatoes (about 1kg), thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp thyme 100 gm feta, thinly sliced 200 ml each milk and thickened cream 3 eggs, lightly beaten 8 rashers streaky bacon (see note)   Polenta pastry 150 gm (1 cup) plain flour 70 gm coarse polenta 120 gm chilled butter, cut into 2cm pieces ½ tsp apple cider vinegar


  • 01
  • For polenta pastry, combine flour, polenta and ½ tsp salt in a large bowl. Turn out onto a work surface, scatter butter on top and cut into flour with a pastry cutter or knife until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs with small lumps of butter still visible. Place vinegar in a jug with 90ml iced water, drizzle onto flour mixture and use a pastry cutter or knife to combine. Bring pastry together with the heel of your hand, pat into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (at least 1 hour).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 150C. Place tomatoes in a single layer on baking trays lined with baking paper, drizzle with oil, scatter with half the thyme, season to taste and roast until almost dried out (50 minutes to 1 hour). Set aside to cool.
  • 03
  • Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 5mm-thick, 35cm-diameter round and line a 23cm shallow pie dish. Trim edges, leaving a 2cm overhang, then gently roll edge of pastry under itself to rest on edge of pie dish to create a double-layered crust and press gently to seal. Pinch pastry edge to form a crimped crust and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes).
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Blind-bake pie crust until edges are light golden (10-12 minutes), then remove weights and paper, and bake until base is cooked through (10-12 minutes). Cool briefly, then layer tomatoes and feta in pastry case, seasoning between layers. Whisk milk, cream, eggs, and remaining thyme in a bowl, season to taste, then pour mixture over tomatoes and feta.
  • 05
  • Interlace bacon on a sheet of baking paper to form a lattice pattern, transfer to top of pie (don’t worry if bacon overhangs a bit; it will shrink during cooking), place pie on a baking tray and bake until golden and set (50-55 minutes). Cool slightly before serving.

Note If streaky bacon is unavailable, substitute long middle rashers of bacon and trim to fit.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people

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