Peach Galette

June 29, 2011

I’ve been in a mood lately.  A mood to take it easy.  To relax.  To enjoy life’s simpler pleasures.  To me, that includes baked goods.  You too?  

A recent trip to the market reminded me it was peach season, so I brought a dozen home, and contemplated what I could create with them.  I’m often caught up in the idea of trying something new, hence the recent quest for the perfect pie crust.  The attraction to baked goodies continues, pulling me yet again to attempt something both simple and gastronomically wonderful in the kitchen made with ripe fruit and dough.

Enter, the peach galette.

peach galette cg

What the heck is a galette you might ask?  For those who don’t know, a galette is just a fancy French label for a rustic fruit tart.  The kind of tart filled with seasonal fruit and formed with a less than perfectly shaped crust, folded over by hand and baked in the oven.  Less than perfect?  That I can handle. 

Ever since I made my summer list, I’m obsessed with baking with summer fruit, whatever is in season and of the moment.   In May, it was rhubarb crumble, June brought mini cherry pies.  Lately, I’m craving peaches which are in season and readily available everywhere. 

How to make a peach galette?  It’s not difficult. 

First grab yourself a bowl of these. 

bowl of peaches

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.Summer Peach Galette

homemade dough

10 ripe peaches

1/3 cup sugar

1 heaping tsp cornstarch

1/2 cup finely chopped almonds

squeeze of lemon

1 egg white

parchment paper

Prepare homemade dough (I follow this recipe), separate into two flattened discs, cover in saran wrap and place in refrigerator to chill. 

ingredients

Ripe peaches are easy to peel, but if less than ripe, bring 8 cups of water to a boil, add the peaches and boil for 3 minutes (this softens the skin for easy peeling).  Pull peaches from water and allow to cool.  Once cool, peel skin and slice.

Once the dough has chilled for 30 minutes, roll the first of two sections of dough out into a circle about 12 inches wide.  Move dough to parchment paper (unlike shown, I figured that out later).  Chop almonds in mini processor or by hand, then layer half of them on top of first section of rolled dough.

almonds

About the almonds.  I learned that using chopped almonds is the traditional approach to a galette, apparently they help absorb any moisture from the fruit and add a pleasing subtle crunch.  Works for me.

Peel and slice peaches, then layer half on top of almonds, leaving a border of 3 inches of dough (and reserving half of remaining peach slices for second galette).

peach slices

Add a tiny squeeze of lemon to the peaches, mix cornstarch and sugar together in small bowl, then sprinkle with half of the cornstarch and sugar mixture.

Wrap dough around peaches to form rustic edges, perfection not necessary.  You can tuck in the edges underneath which also makes for a neater presentation.

sprinkle with sugar cornstarch

Coat dough with a small amount of egg white, then bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.  Remove from oven when crust is golden brown.  

peach galette by kate

 

Recipe makes 2 galettes, each one serves 3 people.

peach galette cg

 

They didn’t last long, as they work equally well for both a summer dessert and a morning breakfast treat.  I like my peach galette with coffee and cream.  Smile

Bon Appétit !

 

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30 Responses to “Peach Galette”

  1. tinajo says:

    Looks absolutely mouth watering and delicious – love it! :-)

  2. Katharine says:

    YUMMY!!! I’ll have to try this.

  3. These are GORGEOUS! So I am hosting the ladies of the neighborhood in August for coffees and I so need to get my baking up to par to wow them all. LOVE THIS! So great for peach season.

  4. Rhonda says:

    Those are gorgeous – I’ve been enjoying peaches all by themselves, but this seems like a better way to go! Yum.

  5. laxsupermom says:

    Yum! I love how rustic and simple a galette is. Perfect for an easy summertime treat. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Megan says:

    Simply beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Gorgeous pictures- I can almost taste and smell the sweet peaches.
    Happy decorating & living-
    Megan
    http://cottagebluedesigns.blogspot.com/

  7. rivki says:

    Galettes are definitely one of the simplest summer pleasures. I like them both sweet and savory. This looks wonderful.

  8. Sounds insanely delicious. And it’s breakfast time here in New York. I can almost taste them.

    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  9. Lauren says:

    This looks AMAZING! I’m definitely adding this to my recipe list for the summer!

  10. Oh this looks good! It sounds like an easy recipe too…so I will have to try :)

  11. Renee says:

    Oooh……this looks divine!! I have 2 dozen peaches on my kitchen counter right now. I think one (or 2) of these Peach Galette’s is in my future.

  12. holly says:

    oooo I’m going to have to try this one. A good looking fruit pastry is my weakness!

  13. Denise says:

    You take such gorgeous and artistic pictures Kate. You blog is a joy and I hope you continue it for a long time!

  14. Whitney says:

    Nom, nom, nom….this looks so good. I’ve been meaning to try making some sort of galette, and abundant summer fruit seems like the best excuse.

  15. CAS says:

    Looks so delicious!

  16. Mrs.B says:

    Looks great!!! I made blueberry pie…it was awesome!

  17. So pretty, and I bet so tasty! T loves stuff like this…will have to make a copy for my files. ;) Finishing up a little something to send your way via email later today. ;) ;)

  18. Nicole says:

    Peaches scream summer time, this looks delish! Must be on a similar wave lenght, I’ve just posted a great peach sangria recipe. But for this, coffee deffinetley required :)

  19. Wendy says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I just finished lunch, but those pictures made me hungry. Do you think sprinkling cinnamon or ginger on the peaches would enhance the flavor?

  20. Allison says:

    I just picked up a bunch of yummy peaches from the farmer’s market. Your peach galette looks delicious. I was going to bake a peach pie for my husband’s birthday tomorrow. I’ll be making your galette instead! It’ll be fun to try something different. Happy 4th to you and your family, Kate.

  21. oh man! that looks sooo good!

  22. Catie says:

    Hi Kate, I LOVE fresh peaches. Growing up in Chico, a bit north central to you, I loved the blooming orchards full of peach trees in the Spring. And in the summer, just driving by you could smell the peaches on the trees. Heaven! I’ll definitely be giving this a try. Thanks for sharing!! ~ Catie

  23. Here in my small town the “peach truck” comes once a year and sells fresh Georgia peaches. I just picked up two cases this week and I think I’ll try your peach galette for something new. Thanks for the inspiration; my mouth is watering just thinking about it now.

  24. Kara says:

    YUM! I can not wait to try this recipe! I’m totally enjoying all your baking recipes! (Coming from a non-baker, who is now trying!) Thanks! :)

  25. I have never been so excited to try anything in my entire life. The only thing that comes even remotely close is when I tried to stay awake all night when I was about 12 or 13. I made it to around midnight then conked out from boredom. But thinking about how I was going to do it all day long was super-exciting. Just not as exciting as a rustic peach tarte.

  26. Lauren says:

    one word, YUM! i want to make that now!!

  27. ellen says:

    Lovely! I don’t know what it is about a galette that always makes it seem so much easier than pie although there is practically the exact same amount of work, but I always fall for them!

  28. Allison A says:

    Are you serious? OMG this reminds me of being home in my Grandmothers kitchen as a little girl. She made the best peach cobbler all from scratch. Now I can’t wait to make this for my baby girl. YUMMY! Thanks fo rthe pics, the recipe and most of all…the memories that came rushing back!

  29. Looks delicious! I love the carefree look of galettes and have wanted to try one this summer – thanks for the reminder. Happy long weekend

  30. Oh my, Kate. That looks so freakin’ good. I’ll have to make one and devour all in one sitting {I don’t see it lasting beyond an hour}.

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