Learn to make a fresh Homemade Tomato Galette that will bring a bit of the French countryside into your kitchen. This dairy-free, vegan recipe from Jenna Urben at The Urben Life is perfect for baking any time of the year and any time of day. For those of you who don’t consider yourselves as “expert” bakers, have no fear – this is recipe is an easy introduction.
If you’ve never tried galette before, you’re in for a great treat.
This rustic, French-style pastry dish is buttery, flaky and, quite simply, delicious. You can make them sweet or savory – or you can have the best of both worlds and make this Homemade Tomato Galette from Jenna Urben.
This recipe is as simple to make as it is delicious, and it’s sure to bring a distinctly rustic elegance into your home. Galettes are a staple of French cuisine, but not the kind of fancy fine dining you might expect to see in the top Parisian restaurants. Rather, this is a traditional favorite from the countryside – an inviting pie-style dish that, in its very simplicity, is impressive.
If you’re not sure about your own baking skills, you’re not alone. Even confident home chefs can find themselves doubting their baking abilities. The saying goes that ‘cooking is an art, baking is a science’. However, with a Homemade Tomato Galette, the imperfections are what make it so perfect! It’s an easy introduction to baking and you’re guaranteed to feel a great sense of pride and accomplishment afterwards.
When you remove this galette from the oven, take a moment to appreciate the beauty and aroma before you dig in. You might want to have your phone handy so you can snap a photo for Instagram – it’s truly a gorgeous dish to share with friends and show off your newfound baking skills.
Combined with the buttery flavor of the pastry and Jenna’s very own dairy-free & vegan friendly almond ricotta filling, you get to taste the rich flavors of basil, oregano and Pure Flavor® Beefsteak Tomatoes.
These tomatoes are grown in Pure Flavor’s® high tech greenhouses where expert growers carefully monitor and control every aspect of the growing process. The result is a more sustainable tomato because any water that the plant doesn’t soak up is recycled.
Greenhouse growing also helps Pure Flavor® to ensure consistent quality, so you know exactly what to expect when you buy a pack of their Beefsteak Tomatoes, or some of their other great products like Uno Bites™ Nano Cucumbers and Aurora Bites Mini Sweet Peppers.
It’s that great greenhouse grown flavor that makes Jenna’s Homemade Galette so sweet & savory. While these tomatoes are normally used for sandwiches, salads or burgers, their natural sugars help them caramelize perfectly in this galette and other cooked recipes.
To make this Homemade Tomato Galette recipe, start with the dough by combining 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 0.5 teaspoons of salt in a food processor. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you can easily substitute the all-purpose flour for your favorite gluten-free alternative.
Pulse to combine and add ½ cup of cold vegan butter (cubed) before pulsing again. Add 3 tablespoons of cold water one tablespoon at a time until the dough rolls into a ball. Wrap it in plastic, flatten into a circle and then refrigerate for one hour.
While the galette dough is in the fridge, make your vegan almond ricotta filling by soaking raw whole almonds in hot water. This will loosen the skins so you can peel them before pulsing in the food processor. Blend them with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ cups of water. Once combined, you can put this in the fridge too.
A great time-saving tip is to prepare your dough and almond ricotta filling in advance. You can keep the dough in the fridge for up to two days and Jenna actually recommends keeping the almond ricotta in the fridge for a full day before moving on to the next step: baking.
When you’re ready to enjoy this delicious dish, preheat your oven to 375ºF and remove the dough from the fridge. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, roll out your dough into a 12-inch circle.
Spread out your homemade almond ricotta evenly and generously over the dough, but make sure to leave a border all the way around. Slice three Beefsteak Tomatoes about ¼-inches thick and layer them on top so they overlap each other. Season the tomatoes with oregano, salt and pepper.
Finally, fold over the edges of the dough and bake for 45 to 50 minutes until the crust is lightly golden and the filling bubbles. Remove, top with fresh basil and let sit for five minutes before serving.
You can enjoy this Homemade Tomato Galette recipe as its own delicious dish for brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer. Jenna often likes to pair it with a salad or roasted vegetables, which lend more of that amazing rustic flavor! Any time of year, you’ll find that this recipe is always satisfying.
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