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Vegan Rustic Strawberry Galette
Summer fruits can be enjoyed in their natural form or easily transformed into a delicious pie, galette, cobbler or crisp; the options are endless. There is no sacrifice of flavor in this recipe that features a crust made with vegan butter and coconut sugar to enhance the sweetness of the fruit.
1 cup unbleached, all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tbsp granulated or coconut sugar
¼ tsp Kosher salt
½ cup vegan butter (Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Sticks or Miyoko’s Vegan Butter) cut into ½ “ cubes
¼ cup ice cold water
2 baskets of strawberries, hulled and cut into ½” thick slices
½ a lemon, juiced
1 ½ tbsp unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tbsp granulated or coconut sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
In a medium sized bowl mix together the flour, sugar and salt then cut in the butter with a pastry blender to achieve a coarse meal like texture. Add ice water and mix with a fork to bring the dough together. Pat the dough into a ball then flatten into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour or up to 2 days.
When ready to bake, heat the oven in the Convection Bake Mode 350 °F.
Combine the strawberries, lemon juice, flour, sugar and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Roll the dough out to a 14” circle on a lightly floured surface then transfer the dough to a flat baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Pour the fruit onto the prepared dough leaving a 1 ½ border. Smooth out the fruit and fold the dough edge up around the fruit.
For a flakier crust, the galette can be refrigerated at this stage for ½ an hour before baking. Otherwise place the baking sheet in the lower third of the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the baking tray from the oven and brush the pastry with the honey or maple syrup and bake for another 10 minutes.
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Almond Orange Olive Oil Cake
One of the great mysteries of the the appliance industry is that most ovens sold nowadays feature Convetion cooking modes; however, recipes rarely reference cooking with Convection.
1 - cup whole raw almonds lightly toasted and cooled
¾ - cup twice-sifted cake flour
1 ½ - teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 - large eggs
1 - cup sugar
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract
Finely grated zest of one small orange or Meyer lemon
⅔ - cup extra virgin olive oil
Toast the almonds in the Convection Mode 325 degrees until golden brown inside, set aside to cool completely.
Leave the oven set at 325 or change to 350 degrees if using standard Bake Mode.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9” round cake pan and line the bottom with a circle of parchment paper.
Place the almonds in a food processor with one third of the cake flour and process until almost as fine as sand.
In a medium sized bowl whisk together the remaining cake flour, baking powder and salt then whisk in the ground almond mixture.
In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the eggs on high speed until well-blended. Add the sugar gradually then add the vanilla and orange zest. Continue whipping on high speed until the mixture triples in volume, about 3 minutes.
On low speed, add the flour mixture in three batches alternating with the olive oil and beating just until the batter is blended.
Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until firm to the touch in the center. Cook in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting onto a rack.
Recipe from “Wine Country Table ” author Janet Fletcher