Cooking with in-season produce is one of our favorite activities. That's why we've teamed up with renowned food photographer and stylist, Alicja Sieronski, who’s crafted recipes using our products!
This rustic yet elegant dish captures the essence of harvest season, making it a delicious choice for both casual meals and autumn gatherings. It’s a savory freeform pie which combines the delicate earthiness of zucchini and the sweetness of corn, encased in a flaky pastry crust.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Chilling time: 20 mins and 1h or overnight
Baking time: 25 -30 minutes
2 zucchini, yellow and green
1 large corn ear, or 1 cup frozen or canned corn
2 teaspoons butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
¾ cup crème fraîche or sour cream
¾ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon freshly picked oregano leaves
1 tablespoon freshly picked thyme leaves
1 garlic clove , minced
Salt and pepper to taste
1 ½ cups plain flour
10 tablespoons butter, cubed
½ teaspoon fine salt
4-5 tablespoons ice-water
1 egg yolk
WHAT ELSE YOU’LL NEED:
Non-stick parchment paper
For the crust, cut the cold butter into small cubes and freeze for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Slice the zucchini very thinly and spread on a clean kitchen towel. Sprinkle over some salt, covet with another clean kitchen towel and set aside. This will draw a lot of moisture out of the zucchini.
Peel and wash the corn then slice down the cob with a sharp knife to cut off the kernels.
Melt two teaspoons of butter on a frying pan on medium heat. Add finely chopped shallot and corn kernels and sauté for 3 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Place the frozen butter cubes, flour and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix, until the butter resembles small clumps.
Add a tablespoon of ice-water at a time and pulse until it starts to come together, taking care not to overwork it. It will still be very crumbly at this point.
Tip dough onto your work surface and gather into a heap, form a ball, then flatten, before wrapping it in clingfilm. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, until firm.
Heat oven to 200 C / 180 fan / 400 F /gas mark 6 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon baking mat; set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix the crème fraîche and the parmesan. Add lemon zest, season and fold in the corn.
Once pastry dough has chilled, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle between two pieces of non-stick parchment paper. Gently transfer and flip the dough over onto the pre-lined baking sheet.
Spoon cream and corn filling into the centre about 2 inches from the edge. Top with zucchini slices in an attractive pattern. Fold the crust upward and onto the sides of the filling creating pleats about every 1 1/2 inches.
Whisk the egg in a small bowl and brush lightly all over the crust.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the crust is golden.
Remove from the oven and allow to rest over a wire rack for 10 minutes before slicing.
Keep your eyes peeled for more seasonal recipes from Alicja, which we’ll publish on our website and social media channels over the coming weeks!