This Beloved French Christmas Dessert Is Made With…Chard?

Head to any local purveyor of Niçoise specialties (from the chickpea flatbread known as socca to tuna-stuffed pan bagnat), and the dessert on offer will likely be a rectangular tourte de blettes: two slabs of buttery pastry, covered in confectioners’ s…

Head to any local purveyor of Niçoise specialties (from the chickpea flatbread known as socca to tuna-stuffed pan bagnat), and the dessert on offer will likely be a rectangular tourte de blettes: two slabs of buttery pastry, covered in confectioners' sugar, sandwiching a deep emerald filling made with pine nuts, apples, raisins, and Swiss chard.

No, that’s no typo. A sweet Swiss chard pie might seem like an oddity at first, but locals are as besotted with this veggie-based sweet as the Japanese are with adzuki bean mochi or Americans with carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.

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