Monday, June 21, 2010

Baking With Dorie: Summer Fruit Gallette

* I almost fell off my chair when moderating comments one morning - Ms Greenspan herself left one!! Of course, this is my fav post thus far :) Having said that, I am equally elated to receive comments from anyone of you!! so keep the comments coming :)

These rustic-looking gallettes are amongst the prettiest things I've ever baked. They are so lovely to look at, and what a pleasure it was making them!! 

Thank you Elizabeth of Gluten-Free Baking 101 for choosing this week's Baking with Dorie (BWD) recipe, from pages 366-7 of Dorie Greenspan's Baking From My Home To Yours.

The recommended fruit for this recipe were apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums or rhubards. Now, these are all imported fruits from where I came from and not necessarily easy to find. I chose raspberries and blueberries for my galette filling - I knew the contrast of their colours would make pretty desserts. I must say this was a very expensive bake for me!! :) But it was all worth it.

A litte bit about gallettes, according to Dorie, by its very nature, a galette is rustic and not meant to be perfect. It's a round pie dough folded over the edges of a filling, and what makes it so charming are its pleats, bends and wrinkles. Charming indeed!!

This recipe came without a picture, so I had to google for some and also, of course used the Cranberry Lime Gallette recipe on pages 364-365 for reference. I think the look of my galettes look pretty close to Dorie's but then again, with these rustic gallettes, anything goes!!

These were quite simple to make, but you'll need to have some time to spare to refrigerate and let the dough rest before baking. And my, I just love Dorie's Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough (page 442). I foresee myself baking tons of goods using this dough recipe!!

I made a single crust and divided it into three to get smaller galettes; a raspberry gallette, a blueberry gallette and a mixed raspberry and blueberry one. I love the raspberry galette the most - the blueberry one was a bit too sour for my liking, but my second daughter loved it very much. The poured custard was great to add some sweetness to the sour fruits.

I served them as they were. I had actually wanted to sprinkle them with some confectioner's sugar but I forgot!! Now come to think of it, they would have been great with vanilla ice-cream or whipped cream too.

Look at the gallettes before they went into the oven. Aren't they pretty??

I am just loving baking along with BWD. I never would've thought of choosing this recipe to bake. Thanks again to Elizabeth and of course, our hard-working founder Grapefruit!!

Check out BWD's blogroll to see how the other bakers tackled this.

This week, it's my turn to post the recipe. Here goes:

Summer Fruit Galette by Dorie Greenspan

from Baking From My Home to Yours

Good For Almost Everything Pie Dough for a single crust, chilled (pg 442)

2-3 tablespoons jam or marmalade

about 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

Fresh summer fruit: about 10 apricots, 8-10 nectarines, 8 ripe but firm peaches, 8-10 firm plums or 2 stalks rhubarb

Decorating (coarse) or granulated sugar, for dusting

For the Custard

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/3 cup sugar

1 large egg

¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Getting Ready

Center rack in the oven and preheat to oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment (see below) or a silicone mat.

To make it easier to move the pie dough onto the baking sheet, roll the dough between sheets of parchment paper ( in which case, you can use one of the rolling sheets to line the baking sheet) or wax paper or plastic wrap. Alternatively work on a well-floured surface, taking care to keep the dough moving by turning it and flouring the surface often.

Roll the dough into a large 1/8 inch thick circle. Using a pastry wheel or a paring knife, time the dough to a 13 inch diameter. Using a cake pan or a pot lid as a template and the tip of a bunt kitchen knife as a marker, lightly trace a 9 inch circle in the center of the dough- this is the area for the filling.

With the back of a spoon or a small offset spatula, spread some of the jam over the circle- how much will depend of the jam flavor you want. Sprinkle over the crumbs, adding a little more than 2 tablespoons if you think you’ve got particularly juicy fruit. Put a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper over the dough and refrigerate it while you prepare the fruit.

Wipe the apricots, nectarines or plums clean with a damp towel and cut in half; discard the pits. Blanch peaches for 10 seconds in a pot of boiling water, transfer them to a bowl of ice water to cool, then slip off the skins. Halve and pit the peaches or peel rhubarb to remove the strings, and cut into 1 to 2 inch pieces.

Arrange the fruit on the dough, cut side down if using stone fruits, then gently lift the unfilled border of dough up and onto the filling. As you lift the dough and place it on the filling, it will pleat. If you’re not in a rush, freeze the galette for 15 minutes to give the crust a rest.

Brush the dough very lightly with a little water, then sprinkle it with a teaspoon or two of sugar. Bake galette for 25 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the fruit is soft.

Meanwhile, make the custard

Whisk together the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a bowl; set aside until needed.

Remove the baking sheet from the oven (leave the oven on), and carefully pour the custard around the fruit. Depending one how much juice has accumulated and how much space you have between the fruit, you may not be able to pour all the custard into the galette, but even 2 tablespoons can give the right effect. Pour in as much custard as you can, then carefully return the pan to the oven.

Bake for another 12 to 15 minutes, or until the custard is set- it shouldn’t jiggle when you gently shake the pan. Cool the galette on the baking sheet on a rack to cool. The galette can be served when it is just warm or- my preference- when it has reached room temperature. Dust with confectioners; sugar just before serving.

Good for Almost Everything Pie Dough
For a 9 inch Single Crust

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

3/4 tsp salt

1 1/4 sticks very cold unsalted butter, cut into tbsp size pieces

2 1/2 tablespoons very cold vegetable shortening, cut into 2 pieces

About 1/4 cup ice water

Put the flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse just to combine the ingredients. Drop in the butter and shortening and pulse only until the butter and shortening are cut into the flour. Don’t overdo the mixing- what you’re aiming for is to have some pieces the size of fat green peas and others the size of barley. Pulsing the machine on and off, gradually add about 6 tbsps of the water- add a little water and pulse once, add some more water, pulse again and keep going that way. Then use a few long pulses to get the water into the flour. If, after a dozen or so pulses, the dough doesn’t look evenly moistened or form soft curds, pulse in as much of the remaining water as necessary, or even a few drops more, to get a dough that will stick together when pinched. Big pieces of butter are fine. Scrape the dough out of the bowl and onto a work surface. Shape the dough into a disk and wrap it. Refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour before rolling (if your ingredients were very cold and you worked quickly, though, you might be able to roll the dough immediately: the dough should be as cold as if it had just come out of the fridge).


  1. Simply stunning my dear :) no doubt the taste would be delicious.darling, that china looks divine too ;)

  2. Gorgeous! Love the photos - the berries look mouthwatering. Thanks for typing out the recipe!
    I've yet to make mine - literally just got off the plane and got home an hour back!

  3. While I know perfection is not what a galette-maker is supposed to be after, your galette looks perfect! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

  4. redha... these were berrylicious!!! :)

  5. grapefruit... can't wait to see what fruit you'll be using... another surprise this time??

    and oh! welcome home... so sorry you had to leave Paris behind ;-)

  6. dorie... THANK YOU for visiting this humble blog of mine... I'm sure it's very obvious, but I love BFMHTY and you, of course!! you're simple brilliant!!

    trying to craft my words carefully now, for this could be the only one time I'm replying my idol's comment on my blog ;-)

    thanks for sharing your gift with the rest of the world... I think I've converted a few into Dorie Greenspan's fans already :D

  7. Oh! The galettes are just *lovely*! :) I used blueberries too and was *thrilled* with the results!

  8. I love that you made little ones and since I have not made mine yet, I may just copy the idea.

    I have strawberries and blueberries so I will use them. This year, I have decided to work with I have.

    You are my inspiration and a comment from

  9. These look delicious and so perfect. Just in time for summer. Great pictures too!!
    Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

  10. Elizabeth... I can't thank you enough for choosing this this week!!

  11. chaya... the mini galettes are just so charming and pretty!! have you made yours yet? went over to your blog and can't find it...

  12. ajcabuang04... thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment :) I went to your blog and my, you're a pretty accomplished baker, I can see!!

  13. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Wow, great post, love your photos. I just made these and loved them. I want to blog about this great dessert. I have fun photos I took but if you don't mind I would like to link to your blog for the complete recipe. If that is a problem please let me know. Thanks, cindy

  15. Hi Cindy! thanks for dropping by. It would be my pleasure for you to link to my blog!