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Led astray: Chocolate, Strawberry and Ricotta Galettes

Good morning, friends- care to take a little trip with me? One that starts with butter and flour, and meanders through strawberry fields bordered by chocolate woods, perhaps dusted with a little sugared snow? Come along then, we’ll be travelling photojournalist-style.

Wonderful, yes? Well, you’d think. Though I hate to admit it, every now and then my culinary instincts can lead me astray. I get so excited about an idea or recipe that I’m snapping photos and writing blog posts in my head before said dish is even out of the oven, so convinced am I of its imminent success.

These mini galettes sure tasted wonderful, though. The strawberry and ricotta filling was perfectly moist and not too sweet, and the touch of cocoa added a certain warmth and depth. It was the texture of the pastry which was off; adapted from this Smitten Kitchen recipe, the promised soft and flaky dough turned out more limp and soggy. It was heartbreaking to have these beauties fall apart in my hands, especially since pastry is usually one of my kitchen strengths.

Still, I believe this journey deserves a do-over, which is why I’m offering you an adapted recipe here. A bit more chocolate flavour, a lot less moisture and some tweaked instructions and I believe these galettes could be a winner. But a disclaimer: if they don’t work for you, forgive me. I’m still an amateur tour guide, after all.

  • Chocolate, Strawberry and Ricotta Galettes
  • crust adapted from Smitten Kitchen
  • makes 4 x 5″ galettes
  • For the pastry:
    1 1/4 cups flour
    3 Tbs. cocoa powder
    2 Tbs. sugar
    1/8 tsp. salt
    113g (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1cm cubes
    1/4 cup sour cream
    2 tsp. lemon juice
    2 Tbs. ice water

    For the filling:
    1/2 cup ricotta
    1 egg, divided
    1 Tbs. sugar
    zest of half a lemon
    2 cups washed, hulled and roughly chopped strawberries
    1 tsp. water
    icing sugar, for dusting

  • 1. To make the pastry, mix together the flour, cocoa, sugar and salt in a large bowl. Add in the cubed butter and work together with a pastry cutter or your fingers, until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.

    2. Whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and ice water in a small bowl and pour 3/4 of it over the flour mixture. Mix together with a fork or wooden spoon until the mixture begins to come together; you may need to add more of the liquid, but do so drop by drop. Gather the pastry into a ball and wrap tightly in clingfilm; refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

    3. After an hour, remove the pastry from the fridge and divide it (using a scale, if you want to be exact) into four equal pieces. Wrap these individually in clingfilm and return to the fridge for another 30 minutes.

    4. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F. To make the filling, mix together the ricotta, egg yolk, sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl.

    5. When they’ve re-chilled and the oven is hot, remove one of the pastry balls from the fridge. Roll out on a well-floured piece of parchment to a 7″ round and top with 1/4 of the ricotta mixture and 1/4 of the strawberries, leaving a 1″ border. Carefully pull up and fold the pastry around the top of the galette, then transfer the galette to a lined baking sheet. (If this is too difficult, you could trim down the parchment paper and move the whole thing to the tray.) Repeat with the other 3 pastry pieces.

    6. Mix the egg white with 1 tsp. of water and brush over the top of the pastry. Bake the galettes for about 30 minutes until the pastry is dry to the touch and the filling is bubbly. Cool completely on a wire rack before dusting with icing sugar and serving.

5 comments

  1. irene says:

    they look delicious! it doesn’t really matter that they fell apart unless they tasted good, no? :)

  2. Chris says:

    These look great! I wish I had a couple for breakfast. Your photo’s look really great too! Well done on the photo journalism!

  3. Hilary says:

    Maybe the limpness is just something that happens with galette dough? Because I had a strawberry and rhubarb galette at a bakery here in Calgary the other day which was DELICIOUS – except I couldn’t pick up the pastry because the dough would just fall apart.

  4. Definitely wonderful!

  5. Irada says:

    This look delicious and colourful!