Celebrate Birthday of the Trees with this Savory Galette
photo: Liz Rueven

Celebrate Birthday of the Trees with this Savory Galette

If you didn’t know that this savory, vegetarian galette is rather symbolic you’d think it was just another tasty winter baking project with seemingly unrelated ingredients.

But you’d be wrong.

This sweet and salty, jammy galette recipe is actually full of early Spring spirit in Israel. It highlights olives, silan (date honey), goat cheese and an easy homemade dough.

photo: Liz Rueven

The reason they belong together here?

They are among a handful of the seven edible species mentioned most frequently in the Bible (Deut.8:8). We celebrate their abundance in Israel on the holiday of Tu B’Shvat, the birthday of the trees.

So our challenge is to find a way to bring figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, dates, wheat and barley to the holiday table as we celebrate on Tu b’Shvat (beginning on Shabbat eve, February 10 and continuing through Shabbat on February 11, 2017).


Consider your mission accomplished when you taste this galette which includes four of the seven ingredients all wrapped up in this symbolic pastry treat. Rather than omitting the one savory element (olives) choose to seek balance with the sweet ingredients by adding additional umami with grated parmesan cheese around the crimped folds.

Mitzvah accomplished!

Silan (date honey) adds a complex level of sweetness to the layer of luscious sliced figs. Goat cheese? Well, we know our ancestors were making cheese from these roaming creatures thousands of years ago, so why not?

This recipe was originally posted in The Nosher in celebration of Tu B’shvat 2016.


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