It seems like I am in a blueberry kick. I do love me some blueberries, and since frozen ones are so easy to keep, it’s easy to reach for them for a quick dessert.
We invited the family over for Easter Sunday lunch. We served a selection of cheeses, fruit & breads.
Spread of cheeses, fruit and breads
And for dessert I wanted something easy and quick, that wasn’t fiddly and could be baked while or right after lunch to have a bit later as dessert. I also wanted something relatively light (not loaded with butter and eggs) and with lots of fruit. A galette came to the rescue!
While a traditional galette pastry is made with butter, this olive oil version turned out to be perfect as well. It stood up to the juicy berries, and provided a nice crunchy edge. Thanks to the tiny amount of sprinkled sugar, it also turned a nice shade of golden.
Note that I didn’t pinch that one fold quite enough, and it folded back open during baking, letting the juices escape.
For the dough:
- 200 gr flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 30 gr sugar
- 50 ml olive oil
- 75-100 ml water
For the berry filling:
- 450 gr (frozen) blueberries
- 30-40 gr sugar
- 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
- 2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla essence
- 30-40 gr fine corn flour
- 1 tsp sugar (for sprinkling)
- Combine all ingredients for the dough in a bowl, starting with only 75 ml water. Mix it, adding more water if needed, and for a bowl with it. Let rest for an hour or while the berries thaw.
- Mix the all the ingredients for the filling in a bowl and let sit for an hour, or while the berries thaw.
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Roll out the dough into a (approximate) circle shape, about 25 cm in diameter, on a piece of parchment paper. You don’t want the dough to be too thin, it needs to stand up to being folded over the filling.
- Spoon the berries on to the middle of the dough circle, leaving 4-5cm free all around. Reserve the liquid!
- Fold the edges of the pastry over the filling, pinching the folds so they stick together. Pour the reserved liquid on top of the berries. Sprinkle 1 tsp sugar over the pastry edges.
- Transfer the galette (and parchment) to a rimed baking tray, and bake at 180°C for 30-35 minutes, until the berries are all jammy and the pastry is crunchy and golden.
- Let cool on a cooling rack for 15-30 minutes. Serve lukewarm, with ice cream if desired.
Having friends over to visit means I get to bake. And I love it.
Having friends over to visit with allergies and food intolerances, means I get to experiment with baking. Which I love even more.
So after a week of searching the internet for a lemon blueberry cake that fitted the bill (vegan, gluten free, nut free, and preferably banana free), I found two recipes I could mix & match and adapt to my taste. From those two recipes a third was born, and I bring it to you.
Lemon Blueberry Cake
- 225 gr (frozen or fresh) blueberries (I used frozen, because available all year long at a reasonable price)
- 30 gr (coconut) sugar
- 30 ml water
- zest & juice of two lemons
- 120 ml soy milk (or any other plant based milk)
- 2 egg replacers (I used v-eggie by P38, a local Belgian company, feel free to use any egg replacement available to you, or flax / chia egg)
- 50 gr (coconut) sugar
- 30 ml olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 90 gr fine polenta
- 110 gr fine almond meal (almonds are seeds, not nuts)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- Put blueberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer, and simmer, stirring from time to time, for 15 minutes. The compote will have thickened and have a glossy look.
- Let cool while preparing the cake batter
- Line the bottom of a spring form with baking paper and set aside. Heat oven to 175°C.
- In a mixing bowl, add all wet ingredients (from lemon up to and including vanilla essence) and mix thoroughly so sugar dissolves.
- Add dry ingredients to mixing bowl, and whisk until no lumps remain.
- Pour 1/2 to 1/3 of the cake batter in a prepared form. Spoon half the compote on top of the cake batter. Top with the remaining cake batter, and then the remaining compote. Swirl with a knife / toothpick if wanted.
- Bake cake in pre-heated oven for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Let cool in tin for 15-20 minutes, then loosen rim, remove cake, and let cool on a cooling rack.
As an aside, I realize I need to work on taking better pictures of my recipes. It’ll never be a step by step because who has time for that?!
But I really want to remember to take a picture of the plated cake, not just the teaser picture of the cake cooling on a rack, before diving into it. I keep forgetting, because I want to try it! And I want friends to try it!
Yep, making crackers, because they are easy, and fast, and taste so much better fresh from the oven and I know what’s in them. And they happen to be vegan.
- 200 gr flour
- 120 ml room temperature water
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Mix all ingredients together (by hand with a fork or with a kitchen robot – you might want to double or triple the recipe in the later case). Knead a couple times by hand to form a nice smooth dough. Form a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and stick in the fridge for at least an hour, up to a day.
- Let dough come to room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 180°C & line 1 baking tray with baking paper.
- Roll the dough about 3mm thin (this is easier between cling film or silicon baking mats). Prick all over with a fork. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut into squares about 5cm in side. Brush with water & sprinkle with some sea salt / dried herbs of your choice (sprinkling optional). Move to lined baking trays.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until golden.
- Let cool on a rack slightly before tucking it, lest you burn your mouth!
Today’s dinner brought to you inspired by a recipe that I read somewhere, and with the “40 days without meat” campaign in mind.
Mushroom & Tofu Sang Choy Bau
- 1 250 gr block firm tofu
- 10 gr / ~ 1tbsp sesame oil
- 500 gr mushrooms, clean & sliced
- 1 orange (or yellow) bell pepper, diced
- 3-4 spring onions, sliced
- 1 small tin (70gr) tomato concentrate
- 1 tbsp mushroom “oyster” sauce (or the real thing if you’re not vegetarian)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sambal oelek
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 pack (150 grams) straight-to-wok noodles
- Wrap tofu in a couple paper towels and press dry with hands. Cut in 1.5cm cubes. Heat up a non-stick pan on medium, once it’s hot, add the tofu cubes, and let them cook without touching them for 4-5 minutes, until golden, then turn, and repeat until all sides are golden and slightly crunchy.
- Heat up oil in a wok. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring, for 3-4 minutes, until tender. Add the bell pepper & half the spring onion, and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the tomato paste, mushroom “oyster” sauce, soy sauce, sambal oelek & garlic powder with 3-4 tbps of water, enough to make it pourable (might need to add some more water). Add to the mushrooms and cook 2 minutes. Add the noodles, stir and cook for another couple of minutes.
- At this point, all sides of the tofu should be golden. Add tofu to the mushroom mix. Stir to coat.
- Sprinkle remaining spring onion on top before serving.