A savoury version of the French buttery teacakes, made with pumpkin, sage and parmesan - perfect party food with festive drinks.
150g / 5ozpumpkinroughly chopped into small chunks
100g / 3.5ozolive oil
200g / 7ozplainall-purpose flour
100g / 3.5ozsemi-skimmed milk
50gblock parmesanfreshly grated
1/2tspfreshly grated nutmeg
20g / 0.75ozchopped walnutsoptional
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/360°F (gas 4). Put the pumpkin in a roasting tin with half of the sage and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Roast for 20 minutes then remove from oven to cool.
2. Mix the flour and baking powder in a bowl then, using a balloon whisk, beat in the eggs, olive oil and milk until you have a smooth paste. Add the parmesan, nutmeg, the rest of the sage then gradually whisk in the pumpkin (it will break up with the whisk which is just perfect as it won’t be a purée but tiny bits) and walnuts, if using.
3. Pour into financier silicone moulds (here I used traditional oblong shapes but you can use rectangular financier moulds – or madeleine moulds too) and bake for about 20 minutes until the cakes are golden brown.
Best served on the day but can also be frozen for up to a month to help you plan ahead for your holiday baking. Or prepare the batter the day before and bake when needed.