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Turkish zucchini and haloumi bake recipe

Turkish zucchini and haloumi bake

0:10 Prep | 0:40 Cook | 6 Servings  | Capable cooks

Taste Magazine

Big on flavour, low on fuss! You can have this Turkish-inspired bake in the oven in less than 20 minutes, then it's just a matter of waiting for the haloumi and zucchini filling to set and the top to turn golden and caramelised.


1 large red onion
1/3 cup fresh dill sprigs, plus extra, to serve
1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, plus extra, to serve
2 tablespoons Cobram Estate Classic Flavour Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 lemon, rind finely grated, cut into wedges
500g zucchini, coarsely grated, excess moisture removed
225g haloumi, coarsely grated
6 eggs
125g (3/4 cup) spelt flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 teaspoon sumac
1 teaspoon sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon dried mint leaves
Toasted Turkish bread, to serve (optional)
Greek yoghurt, to serve (optional)


Step 1 Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan forced. Grease and line the base and sides of an 18.5cm (base measurement) square cake pan.

Step 2 Thinly slice one-third of the onion into rings and reserve. Finely chop remaining onion. Reserve 1 tbs of the dill sprigs and 1 tbs mint leaves. Chop remaining dill and mint.

Step 3 Heat 1 tbs of the oil in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Add chopped onion, garlic and lemon rind. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft. Transfer to a large bowl. Add zucchini, haloumi and chopped herbs.

Step 4 Whisk eggs and remaining oil in a bowl. Sift over flour and baking powder. Whisk until smooth and combined. Season. Add to zucchini mixture. Stir until combined. Spoon into prepared pan. Top with reserved onion rings, dill and mint.

Step 5 Combine pine nuts, sumac, sesame seeds and dried mint in a bowl and sprinkle over cake. Bake for 40-42 minutes or until set. Stand in pan for 10 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges, extra dill and mint, Turkish bread and yoghurt, if desired.

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