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Strawberry Meadow Galette for Brad {giveaway closed}

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Strawberry Meadow Galette
In the early days of my husband and I dating he told me that his name Bradley meant “from a meadow” and that little tidbit just added to his allure. As if he needed any help I was already hopelessly in love with him. This past Sunday we celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary. Our night out in London was absolutely perfect-aimless wandering through the South Bank, crossing the Thames on our way to the West End with numerous stops in hundred year old pubs culminated in us being serenaded by a lovely street performer in Covent Garden along with a couple hundred other people. I couldn’t help feeling so blessed by having him by my side for the last 14 years.

A day later at home I made this Strawberry Meadow Galette which is dedicated to my Brad. 🙂 Throughout the years, no matter how busy we’ve been we’ve always managed to find time for a quick tea and a chat and I know we will have many more in the years to come, for which I am happy to bake for!Strawberry Meadow GaletteStrawberry Meadow GaletteStrawberry Meadow Galette
Ingredients: {For the Pastry} Makes 2 galettes

  • Flour-3 cups
  • Salt-3/4 tsp
  • Butter-3/4 cup/200gr
  • Sour Cream-3/4 cup/200 gr

Ingredients: {For the filling}

  • Strawberries (cut in half)- 2 lbs
  • Sugar- 1 cup (I used vanilla scented sugar for extra flavour)
  • Egg- 1 (for brushing)
  • Edible flowers for decorating (optional)

Strawberry Meadow Galette

I am a big fan of galettes as I love the rustic look of them plus they are so easy! Check out this Yellow Plum and Blueberry Galette  and Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper Galette  that I’ve made in the past.

The pastry I am sharing is very special and comes from one of my favourite Russian cookbooks Please to the Table by Anya von Bremzen. I’ve adapted it slightly for my own taste. Sour cream makes this flaky pastry pleasantly tart which contrasts the sweetness of the fruit fillings in pies and galettes.

Strawberry Meadow Galette
Method:

In a large bowl combine flour and salt, add the butter using a pastry blender, cut it into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add sour cream and work it into the mixture with your hands until it comes together. Knead briefly, divide into two balls, wrap them in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 350F/180C. Line your baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Dust your work surface with some flour and roll out your pastry 1o″ in diameter. Wrap the pastry around the rolling pin and transfer it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange half of the strawberries cut side down on the pastry leaving an inch wide border filling free and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of sugar. Fold the border over the berries while brushing the pleats of pastry with a beaten egg to hold the pastry in place and also to give your galette a beautiful golden colour. Sprinkle the pastry with additional sugar if desired.

Repeat with another ball of pastry.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 min.

Decorate with edible flowers to make it look like a meadow! 🙂

Strawberry Meadow Galette
Giveaway:

A couple of months ago kind people of Lurpak sent me a nice package which I would love to share with my readers. If you are not from Europe and not sure what Lurpak is click on the link above. I am giving away a beautiful apron!

Lurpak apron

This apron is not only useful to keep your clothes in top shape while you are busy in the kitchen but also is a brilliant cheat sheet for a novice or a seasoned cook alike! From recipes to useful tips this apron is full of helpful information.

Lurpak apron
And if it’s not enough I am also throwing in a Lurpak kitchen towel!

Lurpak kitchen towel

So what do you do to receive these items?

  1. “Like” Vikalinka on Facebook.
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  3. Leave a comment on my Facebook page that you’ve shared.
  4. For an additional entry, share this post on Twitter and include Vikalinka in your post  and then come back here and leave a comment telling me you did so. That comment will count as your extra entry.

That’s it!!

The contest will close on July 31 st. 

Good luck!

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Yellow Plum and Blueberry Galette

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Yellow Plum and Blueberry Galette
What a stunner, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe this galette was made as a desperate attempt to save yellow plums that weren’t moving in my house. They looked so beautiful and so appealing but after a few days in the fruit basket remained hard as a rock and quite sour.Typical problem for winter fruit shipped from who knows where.
Yellow Plums and Bluberries
I love making galettes, they are very easy to throw together and seem to provide a more even pie crust to filling ratio than a traditional pie. I also paired plums with blueberries to liven up the flavours. As I mentioned earlier the plums were not ripe, so the only way to make sure blueberries and plums had the same texture once the galette is done was to pre-cook plums.
Ingredients:

  • Yellow plums- 13-15 small 
  • Blueberries- 1 cup
  • Sugar-1/4 cup plus extra for dusting
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp.
  • Water- 1/4 cup
  • Prepared pie crust (your favourite recipe or pre-made)-1
  • Egg (beaten)-1

Method:

Preheat your oven to 400F/200C.

In a saucepan combine plums, split in half and pits removed, sugar, vanilla and water. Cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or until the plums are tender. The length of this step will depend on how hard your plums are, if they are ripe feel free to skip this step.

Remove the plums from the pan to a plate and let them cool. Meanwhile dust your work surface with some flour and roll out your pastry 12″ in diameter. Wrap the pastry around the rolling pin and transfer it on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange your plums cut side down and blueberries attractively on the the pastry leaving an inch wide border filling free. Fold the border over the fruit while brushing the pleats of pastry with a beaten egg to hold the pastry in place and also to give your galette a beautiful golden colour. Sprinkle the pastry with additional sugar if desired. Bake in the oven for 25-30 min.

Yellow Plum and Blueberry Galette

Such an easy and beautiful treat to enjoy after dinner or on a quiet afternoon with your cup of tea and a friend. Life couldn’t get any better than that!

Yellow Plum and Blueberry Galette
Note: If you have a real sweet tooth you might want to increase the sugar amount but it was perfect for me. Also, you can continue cooking the syrup from the plums until it’s reduced in volume and looks like a jam. Use it as a vanilla flavoured homemade plum spread for your morning toast.

Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette

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Eggplant, red and yellow pepper galette with feta Not so long ago my friends Scott presented me with a challenge to devise a full-on vegetarian meal – a task not so easy for this meat-loving Russian. Don’t take me wrong, I adore vegetables. I buy them and cook them in every way possible but they are always served as sides. It’s almost impossible for me to go out for a meal and NOT order meat. I am sure all the vegetarians at this point stopped reading but if you are still with me  you’d be happy to learn about this Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette. It’s full of flavour, you won’t miss meat one bit! Galette is a basically a free-form tart, so easy to make and it’s charm is in how rustic it looks, which means there is no need to worry over making it just perfect!

Ingredients:

  • Eggplant-2 medium
  • Bell Pepper-1 red and 1 yellow
  • Feta-150 gr (crumbled)
  • Sundried Tomato Pesto -2 tbsp (Feel free to use Basil Pesto if you prefer)
  • Pre-made pie crust (Jus-Rol or your favourite brand)-500 gr
  • Basil- 5-6 leaves or 1/2 tsp of dried basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Olive Oil-1-2 tbsp.
  • Egg-1 (beaten)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400F/ 200C and take your prepared pie crust out of the fridge.
Slice the eggplants 1/2″ thick, brush the slices with olive oil and arrange them on a parchment paper on a baking sheet. Grill until brown for 12-15 min. until soft all the way through and the eggplant lost it’s spongy texture. Remove from the oven and place it on a plate and let it cool off.
Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette
Grill peppers with skin side up. When peppers’ skins are blackened and blistered, remove from heat. Put the peppers in a ziplock bag and close it, let them sweat. When they are cool enough to handle, take them out and remove blackened skin which should be pretty easy at that point.
Eggplant galette
Slice the peppers.
Here are all the ingredients for your galette. Simple and delicious.
Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette

Dust your work surface with some flour and roll out your pie crust in a circle 14″/35 cm in diameter. Slide it over on the same parchment paper you baked eggplant on and spread pesto on it leaving about an inch border pesto-free. Arrange the eggplant slices overlapping in a circle, then put pepper slices on top in any fashion you like, then spread your torn basil leaves on top and finish with feta cheese. Fold the border over the vegetables while brushing the pleats with a beaten egg to seal it. Then brush the egg all over the crust which will give the galette a beautiful colour. Bake at 400F/200C for 20-30 min until the crust is golden and the cheese is slightly coloured.
Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette
It’s incredibly easy and fast, especially if you use a pre-made crust.
Eggplant, Red and Yellow Pepper and Feta Galette