This is so simple to make, yet equally perfect when entertaining for friends or family or having a lazy weeknight dinner. I warn you, it’s moreish so is actually best shared!
Heat the oven to 150º fan or 170º otherwise. Line a rectangular baking tray with baking paper – you can make it stick by buttering or oiling the tray first.
Place the pastry onto the lined baking tray, score a border all around it, about an inch wide (couple of cm) and brush with olive oil. Bake it for about ten mins until it has a but of colour and is a bit puffed.
Mean time, fry the onion and garlic with the sugar and some salt and black pepper until soft and slightly caramelised. While they’re cooking, toss the aubergine slices in olive oil, salt and dried herbs and air fry or fry them in a pan – they will take about ten mins in the air fryer on 180º, or ten mins on the hob.
Now get the pastry out of the oven and press the centre down so you still have puffed-up edges and a flat centre rectangle. Then layer on the onions, then the aubergines and finally the tomatoes. Sprinkle with seasoning and herbs and a drizzle more olive oil and bake for 15-20 mins – check it after about 12 mins so you can gauge progress.
Scatter the fresh basil over and serve with a beautiful salad.
The beautiful purple skin of the aubergine is where so many of its phytonutrients lie. They’re in the skin to give the plant protection from the elements and pests and when you eat them they help to do the same for you.
Aubergines are rich in anthocyanin and a phytonutrient called Nasunin, which is a potent antioxidant to help protect cell membranes from damage.
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a pokey antioxidant. Antioxidants are like bouncers at a night club, they go around finding stray electrons that are busy causing trouble in your body, and find them a love partner so they can both stay in and cuddle on the sofa.
Tomatoes are also a brilliant source of vitamin C, which supports skin and connective tissue health as well as immunity and iron absorption. The biotin in tomatoes is good for controlling blood sugar.
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