Yes this is different! Just try it! But don't think that is something completely new! Where I come from in Italy they make a tart called Erbazzone Dolce, filled with spinach, ricotta, almond and flavored with an aniseed liqueur called Sassolino. Here in NZ it is difficult to find Sassolino so I use Sambuca. If you like the recipe for Erbazzone Dolce you can find it in Sweet As, or it was recorded on Radio New Zealand (ages ago, when I was interviewed by Kim Hill on Saturday Morning), and the recipe is also on the Radio NZ website here.
But the time instead of making Erbazzone Dolce I made a Spinach Frangipane for the MT Challenge!
The base recipe is similar to Ambra's, but I used salted butter (so I didn't need to put salt in the pastry) and sambuca instead of lemon zest.
For the base:
- 200g plain flour
- 100g butter, soft
- 100g sugar
- 1 egg
- tbsp sambuca
Mix together and then spread (I couldn't be bothered rolling it, I spread it with fingers) into a 23 cm round baking tin lined with baking paper.
The MT Challenge said that for the frangipane filling we had to use this recipe (in Italian). Then we could add the fruit/ingredients we liked, and after seeing that all the chocolate/pear/apple/various-things were already taken, I choose spinach. Ah!!! I am sure that there isn't a green Frangipane yet!
For the filling:
- 100g ground almond
- 100g unsalted butter, soft
- 100g sugar
- 1 egg
- 30g potato flour of corn flour
- 1 tbsp orange blossom water (here we could choose our own flavoring, so I choose sambuca)
- 3 portions of frozen chopped spinach defrosted at room temperature
Mix together in this order and then fill the pie crust. Bake at 180°C for about 30 minutes, or until the crust looks cooked and the top has lightly risen. Let the Frangipane cook down completely before removing from the baking tin.
I made this cake yesterday because it was a holiday, 25 April, Anzac Day, and Festa della Liberazione in Italy! In the morning I took the children horse riding in Karekare. It was a beautiful day and the horses had my last carrots (the veggie garden has all been dug up now!). Well, apple season now, so the horse can have apples instead, but I learned a new fact: Caroline, who owns the horses, told me that they should eat as many carrots (and carrot leaves) as they like, but only a limited number of apples! I hope that my new carrots will grow fast now! In the photos Billy eating a carrot, and Laddy drinking from an old bath tab (and yes, that blue strip in the background is the sea!).
In the afternoon (and what a sunny day it was!) we had the Spinach Frangipane for snack and in the evening we went here to celebrate Anzac Day and Festa della Liberazione. It was a very special occasion, I even had to do a short speech, and I felt honored to be part of the remembrance for both NZ and Italy.
To end a long post, if you are in NZ, please remember to enter this giveaway, closing on 29 April!
Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©