. Serves: 8-10 people
. Preparation time: 40 minutes
. Variety: Pizza and flat bread
This delicious puff pastry snowflake filled with walnut pesto makes an impressive appetiser and is perfect for serving at parties.
IngredientsFor the walnut pesto
60g | 2oz - 2 large handfuls fresh basil
125 | 4½ oz | 1 cup walnut pieces
60g | scant ½ cup freshly grated Grana Padano cheese
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
250ml | 1 cup olive oil
a little lemon juice (optional)
a little salt, to taste (optional)
For the puff pastry snowflake
2x 230g | 8oz pre-rolled round puff pastry sheets or 2x500g | 1lb puff pastry blocks
1 egg, lightly beaten
grated Grana Padano to sprinkle
plenty of Prosciutto di San Daniele, to serve
PreparationPut all the ingredients for the pesto in a high speed blender and process until smooth. Taste and add salt to taste, if required.
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F) and position a shelf in the centre.
Place your bottom sheet of puff pastry on a piece of baking paper (or the paper it came rolled in).
Spread the pesto in an even layer, leaving a small border around the edge.
Drape the second puff pastry sheet over a rolling pin and position it over the bottom sheet. Press the edges lightly to seal.
Position a ramekin in the centre. Use a sharp knife to cut the pastry into quarters and then cut each quarter in half and so on until you have divided your tart into 24 pieces (or just an equal number of pieces).
Twist the pastry pieces, in pairs, inwards twice and then seal at the ends.
Brush the puff pastry snowflake with egg wash and sprinkle with a little grated cheese.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and fragrant.
Transfer your snowflake onto a large platter and serve with a platter of prosciutto slices so that everyone can help themselves.
Serve leftover pesto with pasta, spread over crostini, or use it to flavour soups.