A trip to the Hunter is always worth while, and this weekend we discovered a fantastic provedore, Pukara Estate.
Pukara Estate was founded by Bruce Eglington, who planted the first trees in 1999 and was joined 12 months later by Steve Goodchild. The first commercial harvest took place in 2003 and the Pukara Estate brand was launched.
Steve and Racquel Goodchild now manage Pukara Estate’s operations across the country.
The freshness, flavour and quality of our products are testament to the creativity, passion and commitment of our entire team. Our extensive range of products offer something gourmet for everyone to identify with, enjoy and indulge!!
At Pukara Estate, we’ve always had a simple philosophy for our success. We’re passionate about our olive oils, vinegars and distinctive food products. From harvest, through production, we take the greatest pride and care to guarantee you the freshest, most flavoursome products.
Freshness, flavour and premium quality are the characteristics that set Pukara Estate apart. We continue to achieve these year after year, season after season, with our true commitment to agriculture and sustainable farming practices. Flavour. Our Passion.
Our 300 acre property with frontage to the Hunter River is located near the township of Denman in the historic viticultural region of the Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales. Our mixed farming enterprise comprises of, 20 000 olive trees, fat lambs and prime Lucerne Hay production.
Located on site, we have our olive oil and vinegar production, olive oil processing, bottling and warehousing facility. This facility allows us to operate with the ability to produce the freshest products consistently throughout each season.
One of the delicious recipes from the Pukara collection is Caramelised Onion Tart
A delicious rich, sweet vegetarian tart.
You can make one large tart or several small ones. This tart is great warm or cold. The Dukkah rolled into the pastry gives a crunchy spicy taste. You can make your own pastry for this recipe as well.
Ingredients3 large red onions, sliced thinly
1 tbls unsalted butter
30mL Pukara Estate Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp chopped thyme leaves
60mL Pukara Estate Caramelised Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbls Pukara Estate Macadamia and Chilli Dukkah
375g ready rolled Puff Pastry
100g Feta Cheese, crumbled
1 egg, beaten
MethodIn a large pot, heat the butter and olive oil. Add sliced onions and cook until soft and just turning golden, stirring frequently. Add the Caramelised Balsamic and stir well. Cook for a further 5 minutes, add the thyme leave, season and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Pre-heat oven to 200C. Slice the sheet of pastry in half and cover one side with Dukkah, place the other sheet on top and roll out to previous size, roughly 10mm thick. Grease a pastry-baking dish well and cover with pastry, cutting off any excess, prick bottom with fork.
Fill tart with onion mixture, cover evenly and crumble over feta cheese. Prick with a fork all around the edges and egg wash edges. Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry has turned golden. Serve warm with a green salad.
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