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Strawberry Galette with Vegan Pastry Crust
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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Baked Ham with Tangerine Glaze and Roasted Carrots
Since ham is already cooked by smoking it is most often eaten cold, however heated through and brushed with a fruity glaze it makes a great centerpiece for celebration meals.
In order to heat the ham through it usually needs a fair bit of time in a slow oven and to avoid drying out the meat it is covered until the final stage when the glaze is added. However, if you bake your unsliced ham in Convection you will not need to cover the ham and the heating through time will take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours, depending on the weight of the ham. If you are heating a sliced ham then it must remain covered in foil to avoid drying out.
1 - smoked ham, bone-in, skin on 7 - 9 lbs
1 - bunch fresh sage leaves
¾ - cup olive oil
1 - cup unsalted butter, cut into chunks
2 - cups tangerine juice
2 - tangerines, sliced thin, seeds removed
2 - cups, packed light brown sugar
1 - cup water
½ - teaspoon whole cloves
2 - cinnamon sticks
1 ½ - lbs baby carrots
Preheat the oven in the Convection Mode 300 degrees.
Place the ham on a rack in a large roasting pan.
Score the ham with cuts in a diamond pattern about 2 inches apart and ½ deep.
Season generously with salt and pepper. Chop 8 of the sage leaves and mix with the olive oil to make a paste, rub all of the ham getting into the slits.
Bake for 2 hours.
Combine the butter, tangerine juice, tangerines, brown sugar, water and spices in a heavy medium saucepan and heat over medium heat.
Bring to a gentle boil and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a syrupy glaze, 30 - 40 minutes.
Brush the glaze over the ham when it has completed its initial heating phase. Add the baby carrots and another 8 chopped sage leaves and continue baking for another 40 - 50 minutes until the carrots are tender and the internal temperature of the ham is 150 degrees.