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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rustic pie (galette) with olives, wild mushrooms and red onion (vegan)

I wanted to make a pie that looked rustic enough (without using a pie shape), something that could easily be baked in a traditional oven, using a vegan dough and vegan filling ingredients. Something about humbleness and austerity and the old ways when treats were indeed only for holidays pushed me to it and I'm quite charmed by the result. As for Bogdan, he said it was the best thing we ever ate that didn't have meat in it. Coming from him, it's a lot :)
P.S: The dough is really ideal as a crunchy pizza base as well, so if you're into vegan stuff don't hesitate to try it.

Last year: Moldavian (and Romanian) "Tochitura" (with polenta).

Ingredients (serves 2-4):

For the dough:

  • 250 ml warm water
  • 15 g fresh yeast
  • 350 g flour (plus a little extra if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large tablespoon Herbes de Provence (or any other herb blend of your choice)

For the filling:

  • 2 large red onions
  • 270 g black olives
  • 70-100 g wild mushrooms (from the can)
  • 1 tablespoon Herbes de Provence
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons balsamic red vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Pour it over the flour. Start mixing:

Also add the olive oil, salt and herbs:

Work it into a smooth dough (it will still be stickier than non-vegan doughs, it's normal) and curl it into a ball. Brush it with some extra olive oil and let it rest:

After at least one hour, you can roll it into a rustic-shaped (something between a rectangle and a circle :P) dough sheet.

Let it be. Meanwhile, chop up the red onions and put them in a frying pan with the olive oil.

Let them fry on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring once in a while. Make a paste out of the olives with a blender (in other words, prepare a basic tapenade) and spread it on the rolled dough:

Top up with the wild mushrooms:

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C. When the onions are softened, add the herbs, vinegar and sugar to the pan and stir very well for 3-4 minutes to caramelize them:

Pour the whole content of the pan on the pie and spread it. Fold the edges of the pie towards the inside:

Put it in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Take out, allow to cool, slice into quarters and dig in! :)


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