Despite the snow, our greens are still hanging in there...
However, I realize it is soon starting to be the last chance to use them up, and we have been adding them to almost every meal lately. Today, I had a huge pot of lentils leftover from yesterday, and was wondering what to do with them. I have had the idea of a vegetable "pie" in my head for a while now, and saw this as the perfect time to make a lentil pie. Instead of the traditional pie dough, however, I used the dough for breakfast rolls. This crust is a little more time consuming, but totally worth it in this recipe - I promise. :)
Lentil Filled Bread (or lentil pie)
For the crust:
- 2 c very warm water
- 11 g/0.4 oz active dry yeast
- 2 tsp sweet molasses or maple syrup
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large carrot, grated
- 1/4 c vegetable oil or melted vegan margarine
- 1 1/2 c rolled oats
- about 4 1/2 c whole grain bread flour
- 3 c cooked brown lentils or Puy lentils (preferably cooked in mild vegetable broth)
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large or 2 small onions, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated
- 2 large carrots, grated
- 1 small bunch of greens, such as collards or kale, chopped
- 2 tomatoes, chopped
- 1 c plain soy yoghurt
- 2-3 tsp Harissa paste
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp dried sage
- 1 tsp lemon pepper (black pepper and lemon zest)
- salt (I used spicy Herbamare) or soy sauce and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/8 c molasses + 1/8 c water
First, make the dough:
Combine the warm water, molasses/maple syrup and salt in a large bowl. Mix in a little flour to form a very thin batter. In a separate bowl, combine the yeast with about 1/2 c flour. Add into the wet mixture, and mix until well combined. Gradually add the carrot and rolled oats, and enough flour to form a soft dough. Mix in the oil and some more flour, and knead until you get a soft, elastic ball that naturally pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
Cover the bowl, and set in a warm place. Let rest for 20 minutes, until about doubled in volume.
While the dough is rising, prepare the filling...
Preheat the oven to 200 C (400 F).
Divide the dough into 3 parts. Take 2/3 of the dough, and roll out on top of a baking paper (it should be the size of the paper) or on a floured surface. Transfer onto a deep baking sheet. Spoon the filling on top, and spread evenly. Roll out the remaining 1/3 of the dough to form a "lid", and place on top of the filling. Poke with a fork to avoid any explosions in the oven. ;) Seal the edges firmly with a fork/your fingers and the molasses-water mixture, and then brush the top of the crust with the same mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately after removing from the oven, brush again with the molasses-water mixture. Cover with a baking paper and clean tea towels, and let cool until lukewarm. Cut into squares.
Serve with some chili sauce and a big, fresh salad. :)
This was loved by everyone, and I'll definitely keep the recipe to make again. I'm thinking this would be a perfect thing to bring to a pre-Christmas potluck dinner... :)
For dessert, I made some apple pancake in the oven. I forgot to take a picture of it, however, so I'll share the recipe with you another day.
Have a nice day everyone! :)