To me, summer means stone fruit and berries. Mouth-watering cherries, peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums. Ripe and succulent blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and the such.
Yesterday at our market, we overdosed on these. We bought about 20 apricots, those fabulous flat peaches, which they call Paraguayos here, nectarines and blueberries. I was pretty certain we couldn’t consume all that fruit before it goes bad…..but that is us. We see things and we want them, thinking that we are going to go on a fruit fast or something. But not so, because well, you know about how much food I brought back from Switzerland.
Since Sundays are our official lazy days, I figured, why not make a galette? It is such an unfussy dessert, I love the free form crust, flaky yet consistent enough to hold all that fruit. I chose to make the dough with rosemary, because my little plant is doing quite well, and I love rosemary in savoury and sweet dishes. I also decided to fill it with apricots and blueberries. That way, I am sure none of our fruit will go bad.
This is really easy to make, feel free to add any other herbs to your dough to make it your own. And for these lazy summer days, nothing is nicer than a no-fuss galette with a glass of lemonade or iced tea.
So here’s what you’re going to need:
For the galette:
Makes 2 disks
3 cups flour
2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
16 tbsp butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, chilled
2/3 cup ice water.
1 small sprig of rosemary
2 tbsp of sanding sugar
1 tbsp cream
6 apricots, halved, and then slice the halves in two.
a handful of blueberries
In the bowl of an electric mixer, add the flour, sugar and salt. Mix on low-speed with the paddle attachment. Add the butter, and mix until incorporated, and looks like wet sand, but there are still some big chunks of the butter that are visible. Add the rosemary and mix.
Add the ice water all at once, and mix until incorporated. Don’t overmix. Gather the dough, and shape into two balls. Wrap in plastic and shape into disks. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Take out the dough, and roll out one of your disks to whatever shape you want, square, rectangle, round. Place on a baking sheet that is covered with parchment. Arrange the fruit in the style that you most like, and then fold up the sides. With a galette, you are the artist. If you only want a tiny little peek of what’s inside, make the borders 4-5 inches. If not, a good rule of thumb is stick to two inches.
Press some of the sanding sugar onto the borders of the dough, and sprinkle a little bit on the fruit. Brush the entire galette, fruit and all, with the cream. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown.
Let cool a little before serving.
From my kitchen to yours,