Thursday, October 11, 2018

Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Galette

Scrumptiously healthy and light rustic tart, topped with tasty tomatoes and delicate ricotta cheese over a flaky and buttery crust
A must try!
This post is sponsored by Milk and Eggs. All opinions are mine.
Maybe  it's my love for summer fruit and veggies to inspire this post, and reminding me that tomatoes won't be in season pretty soon.
Or maybe, just maybe, it's all the desserts I've been baking lately, and the loads of chocolate I'm eating while taste-testing for Halloween recipes (... yes,  I've got a new one coming for you!).
Either way, today I present you with this light, vegetarian and deliciously healthy galette topped with sun-ripened heirloom tomatoes, creamy ricotta cheese, fresh basil and oregano. The perfect way to have one last taste of summer... before it's too late!

Making galette (or rustic crostata, as I like to call it) is super easy. You can make the dough by hand, like I did, using a pastry blender, or the tip of a knife to cut the butter. Or you can even use a stand up mixer or food processor to make it faster. Once the ingredients are assembled make sure to chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes to make it easier to roll. Roll in a circle, top with the ricotta and tomatoes, fold the edges and bake. 
And the best part of it all...  it does NOT need to look perfect! Galette is like a free-style, and worry-free pie. No need to fuss here, we are aiming for an homemade  look which is simply beautiful.
Ready to try it too?!? Make sure to get the last of summer tasty tomatoes. I've got mine at Milk and Eggs, and they were delicious! 
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YIELD: 4 to 6 servings
    • 1 ½ cups (225 gr) of all-purpose flour, plus a tablespoon for the counter 
    • 1/2 teaspoon of salt 
    • 1 stick (4 oz, 115 gr) of unsalted butter, chilled 
    • around 4-5 tablespoons (60-75 ml ) of cold water 
    • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon of water (for the wash
    • 3-4 medium tomatoes, preferably heirloom
    • 8 oz (225 gr) of  ricotta cheese, best if whole milk (remove as much of the milk/liquid as you can) 
    • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil,  plus more for garnish
    • 1 teaspoon of dry oregano
    • 3 tablespoons of freshly grated parmesan cheese
    • sea salt and pepper to taste


TIME: 90 minutes 
In a large bowl, combine the flour and  salt. Add the butter cut in small pieces, and mix using pastry blender (or the tip of a knife if you don't have one) until the butter is cut up in small pea-sized pieces.
Add 3 tablespoons of iced water to start and gently (but quickly)  mix. 
Add more water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together. I used a total of five tablespoons.
Move the mixture to a large piece of plastic wrap. Make it into a disc. Wrap it in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. 
In the meantime, slice the tomatoes and place the tomato slices in a large plate covered with paper towel or parchment paper and sprinkle with coarse salt. Set aside. This step rids the tomatoes of excess moisture.  Let sit while you prepare the rest.
In a small bowl, stir the basil, oregano, grated parmesan into the ricotta.
Preheat the oven to 375º F (190º C).
Remove chilled dough from fridge. sprinkle the counter with flour. Sprinkle the top with flour, and roll using a rolling pin while turning the dough often to make sure it doesn't stick to the counter.  

Roll out into about 12-inch (30 cm) diameter circle. Helping yourself with the rolling pin, move the dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Spread the ricotta mixture evenly over dough, leaving a 1-inch border all around.

Dry the tomato slices with paper towel if necessary and layer on top of the ricotta.

Fold the edge over the tomatoes, making some pleads. 

If the dough breaks at any point, don't worry! Pinch the dough to seal. 
Beat one egg with a tablespoon of water. Brush the border.  
Sprinkle the edge with little sea salt crystal and the tomatoes with a little more oregano, if you'd like.
Bake at 375º F (190º C) for about 50 minutes, until golden on top. Let the crostata cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting. Serve at room temperature, or warm ... and how about  with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream?! De



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