Yum Peaceful Cooking: The Galette Triplets

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Galette Triplets

I've been thinking about Galettes (Rustic Tarts, Open-Faced Pies....what ever you want to call them)...The bottom line is, they've been on my mind. Every time I see one I think "Oh YA!!! I wanted to make one of those".

But I couldn't decide what flavor. And what if I chose one fruit and then wasn't happy with it...and I'd be stuck with this pie sized rustic tart thing.

Am I over thinking it? Probably. But in my defense .... I was really nervous. Being my first time and all. Plus...I have a confession...

I'm not a pie fan. It's the crust.

We'll blame it on those frozen pie crusts cuz to be honest, they don't really taste  all that good to me.

But since I've overcome my fear of learned how to make pie crust dough....oh man, huge difference.

Well...anyway...in the end, I decided not to choose a fruit. I got 3 different fruits, divided the dough into thirds and made 3 mini galettes.

For the pie crust, use your favorite recipe. I wont give you the one I used...it's nothing special, really other than the fact that it uses both butter and shortening. I had to add a few more tablespoons of water to get the dough to come together. But it was good. If you don't have a favorite dough and you're interested in the recipe I used, just let me know and I'll send it to you. It's not a secret....just redundant for those who bake and make their own.

Now...on to the making of my galette triplets.

Strawberry Filling:
1 lb sliced strawberries (could probably use another 1/2 lb)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
(might want to add a tablespoon or so of cornstarch. I didn't but wish I had thought of it)

Peach Filling:
1 lb peeled, sliced peaches
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cointreau

Apple Filling:
1 lb. peeled, sliced apples
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
juice and zest from 1/2 lemon

Combine the ingredients for each filling in separate bowls.

Tip: Before you attempt to peel and slice the peaches, bring a pot of water to a boil, and pouch the peaches for 20 seconds. Remove from boiling water and submerge them in a bowl of cold water. Once the cool off, you can easily peal the skins right off. 

Preheat your oven to 400' F and insert a baking sheet on the middle rack, to heat up.

Take your divided dough out of the fridge...

On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough...I dunno, maybe 8" diameter or something like that.

Now...an awful lot of liquid formed in the bottom of those little bowls, so I used a slotted spoon (I didn't want a soggy mess)...and I also sprinkled some cornstarch onto the dough before putting the filling on there.

Pile the filling in the middle, leaving about 1 1/2" around the edge clear of fruit. Fold in the edges and loosely crimp. It kinda reminds me of a duffle bag with a drawstring. Dot the tops of the fruit with some diced butter. Hmmm...I could've sworn I took a picture of the filling or crimping...but I guess I got caught up in the process.

Carefully transfer the galettes to the baking sheet. I used a pastry cutter and a spatula to support the bottom while I did the transferring.

Bake for about 45 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the fruit is tender. When there was about 5 or 10 minutes left in the baking, I brushed the pastry with melted butter.

In a small sauce pan, heat up a few tablespoons of honey and brush it over the fruit and pastry to glaze.

They say you can eat these hot or at room temperature. I recommend that you let them cool off a bit so the centers have a chance to firm up a bit.

I am thrilled with the results! They are so easy and taste great. I just love the rustic-ness of these little guys.

Sooo...what flavor would you have chosen? Maybe something I didn't think of? (btw...raspberries and blueberries did cross my mind for a split second then I remembered how expensive those berries are.)

I'd love to make a savory version or 2 or 3. Maybe a cross between pizza and a quiche? Oh, I wish I had thought of this before. I'm making Chicken Marsala for dinner tonight. How fun would it be to make a galette version of that?!


  1. they all look and sound great, but I think I'd be dipping into the peach first.

  2. One of each, please! I've done apple ones--called mine a crostata and a strawberry one. I would really like to try that peach one, though!

  3. I love all three flavours.
    These galettes look wonderful.
    What about sweet-savoury cross, with apples and cheese?

  4. Linda - The peach one turned out to be my favorite! I bet Apricot would be really good too,

    Cathy - head on over (and get away from the snow! LOL)...I still have some left :)

    Dajana - Oh ya...apples and cheese would be great. I forgot to mention that I used these new apples, Honeycrisp...YUM! And what about a cheddar cheese crust? I'm making myself hungry all over again..haha.

  5. Blueberry would be good!

    And chicken marsala, mmmmm.

  6. They look gorgeous girl! I'm thinking chicken marsala...YUM! Jus' DO IT! ;)

  7. I'm really loving the apple one! I'd eat some for breakfast right now!

    They do look so nice. The color is perfect!

  8. wow! those look amazing! i have a lot hate relationship with homemade pie dough. i love it's taste, but i hate the mess! i try to make and freeze it in batches, or if i'm really lazy, i buy store bought (ahh!) and brush it with extra butter and sprinkle it with cinnamon sugar. helps a little. still not as good as homemade, though ;)

  9. Those looks wicked good. I would eat them all.

    I love galettes, but my brother is the only person I know who makes them and he only makes them one way because that's how his wife likes them. And I don't like them that way. And I hate making pie dough, so I don't get to eat them much.

  10. They ALL look good! Too good, I would be in so much trouble if I made these at home! YUMMY!

  11. So gorgeous--such perfect little tarts. I am an apple fan myself--although they all look delicious! ;-)

  12. I should start with the peach one, but I think I could have a piece of each one. Delicious ;-)

  13. How cool that you made three different ones! I would go for apple...and peach! They turned out perfect!

  14. Those look so good! I think the apple would be my favorite.

  15. Chris and DD....if I had been thinking right, I would've done the chicken marsala but that dinner was good as is. I just didn't wanna make yet another pie crust LOL (I'm so lazy)

    Ungourmet - mmm....hot apple galette with a fresh cup of coffee or tea. good idea

    Heather - I think the worst part of the whole dough making thing is the "crumble". my food processor broke so I have to do it by hand. and every time I buy a pastry blender, it gets all messed up. so now I'm reduced to using a fork. ugh

    Bob - ok Bob...buy some frozen do and do like heather above does...and then you can make your own LOL

    FLB - I've been really good..only a slice a day. I'm thinking about taking them to work so I won't have to be tempted any more :)

    Deb - I'll save you a slice of the apple ;)

    Erica - I think the peach turned out best.

    Reeni - It was probably a good thing for me to do the three mini ones. they werent as intimidating as a pie sized one would be.

    Sheryl - I think, you being a baker and all, would enjoy making these

  16. rustic desserts are awesome--they're almost always scrumptious and easy, and your variety of fillings is marvelous. i'd love them all, and i'd EAT them all. in one day. really. :)

  17. Looks great...I just bought some sugar pears and might try a galette on Friday!

  18. Holy crap Dani those look amazing!!!!


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