Haniela's: Rustic 4th of July Galettes

Rustic 4th of July Galettes

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

4th of July is only 7 days away and we are starting with the festivities right now!
Callye from SweetSugarbelle's is hosting a really fun starry project, it is all about one particular cookie cutter shape. Can you guess? Yes, that's right, it a STAR cutter. All the fabulous contributors were to create a treat using a star cutter, no limitations.  Thank you for inviting me along Callye and for doing all the hard work putting the project together.
My star project is pretty straight forward, home made and delicious, using local berries.

Whole Wheat Flaky Pie Crust with Candied Ginger (makes about 8-10 mini galettes)

2 sticks cold butter, cut into small cubes
2cups all purpose flour
2/3cup whole wheat pastry flour
1tbl sugar
1tbl brown sugar
3tbl candied ginger bits, or small pieces of crystallized ginger
8tablespoon chilled water

1cup fat free ricotta cheese
1egg yolk
1tbl sugar
1/4tsp vanilla
2cups blueberries, washed
2cups strawberries, washed and cut into small pieces
3tbl brown sugar

1egg white
raw sugar

  • To make the pastry you can use either food processor or you can make it by hand
  • I'll be making it by hand
  • In a bowl combine flours, sugars, stir together well
  • To the flour mixture add butter bits, using a fork or pastry  blender work the butter into the flour until pieces of butter are evenly distributed in the flour and are about the size of small peas
  • To the flour butter mixture add candied or crystallized ginger and stir gently
  • Gradually start drizzling ice water onto the flour butter mixture, tossing the mixture with the fork, add more water until dough is evenly moist and begins to come together in a mass
  • At this point you can shape the dough into a disk and cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour
  • In the meantime prepare your filling 
  • In a small dish combine together ricotta cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk, set aside
  • Wash and cut the fruit, in a medium size dish combine fruit with brown sugar and set aside
  • Prepare egg wash
  • Whisk egg white until foamy, set aside
  • Make the Mini Galettes
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Line the baking sheets with parchment paper
  • Cut the chilled pie dough in half and roll it out between 2 pieces of wax paper. Dusting the wax paper with some flour will prevent sticking
  • Roll it out fairly thin but not paper thin, into about 1/8 inch 
  • Cut out 10 small stars from the dough, set them into the fridge to chill
  • Using a large round cutter or you can use a small plate and cut it out that way if you wish, cut out as many rounds as you can. Re-roll the dough, but don't knead it, just press the scraps together and roll it out again.
  • Place the cut outs onto the baking sheets lined with parchment paper
  • Spread about 1tbl of ricotta cheese filling in the center
  • Mount blueberries and strawberries on top of the cheese, continue with remaining pie rounds
  • Fold the pie dough inwards and press the dough slightly
  • Now it is time to take out the star pieces and place them directly on top of the fruit
  • Brush the galettes with egg white and sprinkle with raw sugar
  • Bake in the preheated oven at 400F, for 15 -20 minutes, or until crust get golden brown
  • Let cool on the baking sheet
  • Enjoy the same day or these can also be refrigerated, bring to room temperature before serving

Rustic 4th of July Galettes

I hope you are ready for a starry feast for the eyes,(yes I agree, when I first looked at all the scrumptious treats they left me pretty hungry too)
Feel free to browse through the list below, it is like finding  20+ treasures...

  1. Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick, The Decorated Cookie
  2. Patriotic Lace Cookies , My Little Bakery
  3. Independence Day Parade Cookies, Jill FCS
  4. Old Fashioned 4th of July, Vicki’s Sweet Treats
  5. Light up the Fourth Cookies, The Partiologist
  6. Declaration of Independence Cookie, Vanilla Bean Baker
  7. Badge of Liberty Cookies, Lila Loa
  8. Red, White & Blue Star Cookie Towers, Bake at 350
  9. 4th of July Firecracker Cookies, Klickitat Street
  10. Star Cut-out Cookies, Glorious Treats
  11. Cookie "Pledge", Lizy B Bakes
  12. Star-Shaped Krispie Treats, Cookies and Cups
  13. Easy Star Cupcake Toppers, Confessions of a Cookbook Queen
  14. Rustic 4th of July Galettes, Haniela's
  15. Patriotic Cookie Wreath, Sweetopia
  16. Patriotic River Rafter, Ali-Bee's Bake Shop
  17. Funny Fox Cookies, The Bearfoot Baker
  18. Quilted Cookie Stars, Cookie Crazie
  19. Gimme Your John Hancock Stars, Life's a Batch
  20. Patriotic Cookie Stir Sticks, The Cookie Artisan
  21. Patriotic Floral Stars, SweetSugarBelle

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