Sunday, August 3, 2008

ModernGear Food: Peach and plum galette

I love a good galette. Well, I am not sure there's such a thing as a bad galette, anyway. Wikipedia tells me that a galette is, "...a general term used in French to designate different types of round and flat crusty cakes."

And I do have to tell you a secret before sharing this recipe...that is, the French would like the rest of the world to think that cooking and baking French dishes is really très difficile, like, waaaay too difficult for you non-French to even come close to thinking of attempting. But...that's just not true. The galette, my friends, is easy-peasy.

And so, without further ado (which some people say as further adieu)...I give you...


This might seem confusing but you need to start your Galette off with another recipe - the dough part. If you like a sweeter dough in a tart, then use the following recipe for Pate Sucree, but if you like your dough to be just dough and hold the sugar, thank you very much ma'am, then go with the Pate Brisee.

I went with the Pate Brisee, and the photos will illustrate the steps - then I'll list the Sucree recipe afterwards. And here we go.

(Makes enough for 1 galette)
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp salt
8 oz (8 tbsp) chilled unsalted butter
.5 cup ice water
1. Mix flour and salt - you can do it in the bowl of a food processor as you're going to use it in the next step.
2. Cut up butter into small cubes.
3. Add butter into the flour and salt and, using the metal blade attachment, mix until it resembles coarse meal - about 15 seconds.
4. With machine running, add water in a slow, steady stream and mix until dough just holds together.
5. Take a picture of yourself in the reflection of the mixing bowl.

6. Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap, and flatten into a disk; wrap well. Chill at least 1 hour in refrigerator.

(Makes enough for 1 galette)
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
3 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
4 tbsp ice water
2 egg yolks, lightly beaten

1. In the bowl of a food processor, add flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and process for approximately 10 seconds, or just until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
2. With the machine running, add ice water in a steady stream and add egg yolks until the dough just holds together without being wet or sticky; about 30 seconds. Test the dough - squeeze a small amount together. If it is too crumbly, add a bit of water.
Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap, and flatten into a disk; wrap well. Chill at least 1 hour in refrigerator.

3 tbsp turbinado sugar
1 tbsp all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 tbsp granulated sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
5 cups fruit - approx. 2 peaches and 2 plums (I used a white and a regular peach, and a red and a black plum) but have extra on hand in case you need more to make 5 cups - sliced 1/4 inch thick or so
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a small bowl, mix together 1 tbsp flour, granulated sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. In a large bowl toss together peaches, plums and zest. Sprinkle the flour mixture over fruit and gently toss until evenly coated. Set aside.
2. Sprinkle a lightly floured work surface with 1 tbsp turbinado sugar. Roll out dough to a 12-inch round, about 1/4-inch to 1/8-inch thick...or have a strong baking assistant like my ModernGear TV Husband do so. Transfer dough to baking sheet that is either non-stick, or you've laid down parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat on.

3. Transfer fruit mixture on top of dough, leaving a 2-inch border all the way around. Dot with cut up butter.
4. Fold border over fruit mixture, overlapping and pinching folds together.
5. In a small bowl, beat together egg with 1 tsp water.
6. Brush edges of dough with egg mixture, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
7. Bake until crust is golden and juices are bubbling, about 45 minutes.

8. Cool on wire rack and serve warm or at room temperature. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream if you'd like!

Bon Appétit!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

GORGEOUS!! Yum. Thanks, T.