summer berry galette

Saturday, July 11, 2015

We are now in the peak of summer, which also means berries galore (aka berries are cheap)! It's much too hot to spend too much time in the kitchen, so this has been my go-to summer dessert recipe. 

It is ridiculously easy to put together. You could make the dough (last seen here) ahead of time; it takes ~15 minutes if not less. Then you throw together whatever fruit or berries you have laying around with some sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch, spread on the pastry, and pinch the dough together to create a delicious and "rustic" galette! Berries have such naturally vibrant colors that you can't go wrong, they make any dessert look beautiful. 

Enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Summer Berry Galette
Pastry recipe adapted from Saveur

Pastry (makes enough for 2 galettes, you can freeze half for next time):
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
12 tbsp unsalted butter, cubed and chilled
6 tbsp ice-cold water

2 cups berries (I have used combinations of strawberries + blueberries or strawberries + cherries)
4 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cornstarch
Juice of half a lemon
Pinch of salt

1 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water
1 heaped teaspoon coarse sugar for sprinkling

To make the dough - whisk flour, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter, or your fingers, cut butter into flour mixture, forming pea-size crumbles. Add water; work dough until smooth but with visible flecks of butter. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 48 hours.

Heat oven to 400 degrees. On a floured counter, roll the dough out into a large round-ish shape, about 14 to 15 inches across. Tranasfer dough gently onto a parchment lined baking pan.

Stir together all of the filling ingredients and spread them in the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling, pleating the edge and pinching lightly to seal.

Whisk egg yolk and water together and brush over exposed crust. Sprinkle with coarse sugar.

Bake the galette for 30 minutes, or golden all over. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature, preferably with vanilla ice cream.

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  1. It looks really good :) If only berries were cheap over here.