Honestly, what is a galette? Technically, Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or free form crusty cakes, but to me, it’s kind of a pie that you make without a pan. It’s a very fancy sounding, super-easy dessert.
There are many recipes out there, but I prefer the following one from Williams Sonoma. I used blackberries and raspberries, but I feel like most any berry would work. Also, they give a crust recipe, but in a pinch I just use a Pillsbury one from the refrigerated section. 🙂
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 Mins
A food processor makes preparing this flaky pastry dough a breeze. The recipe yields enough dough for three pies or galettes. Store leftovers tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator and use them to make easy desserts in the upcoming week.
Flaky pastry dough:
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 24 Tbs. (3 sticks) plus 3 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 3/4 cup ice water
- 4 cups blackberries, blueberries or a mixture
- 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 Tbs. flour
Mix the dough
In a food processor, combine the flour and salt and pulse briefly to mix. Scatter the butter over the top and pulse just until the mixture forms coarse crumbs about the size of peas. Drizzle the ice water over the flour mixture and pulse just until the dough starts to come together.
Transfer the dough to a work surface, divide into 3 equal pieces and press each into a flat disk. Set 1 disk aside and wrap the remaining 2 disks in plastic wrap for future use (see note above).
Roll out the dough
Preheat an oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out into a 13-inch round. Fold the round in half, transfer to the prepared sheet and unfold the round.
Fill and bake the galette
In a bowl, lightly stir together the berries, lemon juice, sugar and flour. Spoon the filling onto the dough, leaving a 2-inch border uncovered around the edge. Fold the edge up and over the filling, forming loose pleats. Bake until the filling is bubbling and the pastry is golden brown, about 25 minutes.
*This recipe is wonderful served warm with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!
I should have mixed in the flour a bit more before cooking it, but you get the idea. This was delicious and had the most amazing burgundy-red colored “sauce” when cutting into it! Definitely making this combo again.