There’s something you should know about me: I love pie (I mean, I really, really love it). I’ll chose pie over cake any day of the week. Feeling too lazy to make a full pie? No problem, I’ll take a tart or galette and be just as happy. When it comes down to it, they are the sisters to pie so it all works out. Just don’t be a cheat and make it on puff pastry because that is not the same thing. I won’t throw it at you but I will accidentally drop it on the ground (jk, I’d never do that!).
Because my love of pie runs so deep I am always thinking about it. I can’t walk through the produce section of the grocery store without thinking about what fruits, and sometimes even vegetables, would make a delicious pie. I make a lot of apple and blueberry, because they are my absolute favorites, but love to explore other options.
I was walking through the Union Square Greenmarket a few weeks ago and was drawn to a huge display of peaches. I usually avoid peaches because they can make my mouth itchy when in raw form but for some reason I had to have these peaches. They were perfect and fragrant and I wasn’t walking away without a bag. As I stood there waiting to pay, I started to think about what to do with them. I looked around at the other vendors and spotted a table full of fresh berries and a bell went off in my head: peach and berry pie!
I got home and got to work: I whipped up a double pie crust, washed all my fruit and went through my spice rack to decide what should go into the filling. I decided not to add much to let the flavor of the fruit really shine through. I also decided that I’d go heavier on the berries than the peaches just because, well, berries. Once I started putting everything together I made a decision to turn this into a galette…mostly because I hadn’t made enough filling and I was too lazy to make more.
The first galette I made was SO GOOD. Scott and I ate the entire thing in two days……..that’s normal, right? Of course, I didn’t measure anything. My first attempt to replicate it was ok but not great; it was too sweet and too runny. My second attempt to replicate it was amazing. No, it was AH-MAZZZZIINNNGG. Better than the first one with the perfect balance of sweet and tart, a little hint of spice, and the perfect filling texture: not too running and not too thick. Hands down, this is my new go-to summer dessert. Invite me for dinner? Guess what, I’m bringing you this galette. Want to go on a picnic? Sure, I’ll make this galette. Drinks and gossip on the roof? Galette is the perfect pairing! You get it.
Allergy note: this recipe uses my double pie crust recipe which is completely vegan and can be made gluten free. If you are allergic to stone fruit, swap the peaches for apples or just increase the amount of berries overall. Both would be delicious options! I use cornstarch is a thickening agent but if you’re allergic to corn, you can substitute it with arrowroot starch, tapioca flour or all-purpose flour (these may not all be 1:1 substitutes so please read the guidelines on the packaging).
Let’s do this!
You don’t need a lot for this recipe because it sticks to my philosophy of the simpler the better. Delicious food does not need a million ingredients! You only need your peaches and berries, sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and lemon, plus your pie dough: flour, salt, shortening and water.
Even when I get my fruits and vegetables from the greenmarket I give them in good wash and let them soak in a vinegar solution to help kill any surface yeasts that may be hanging around. Organic options may be safe from pesticides but they are not safe from mold and bugs! Let your berries dry completely before proceeding so that you don’t add extra liquid into the filling.
To make each bite easier, I like to cut the peaches into slices and then halve the slices. I can’t stand it when I go for a bite and end up dragging out half the filling in the slice because it was all attached to one big piece of peach. I also advise cutting the strawberries into slices so they mix better with the rest of the filling. Once you’ve cut up the peaches and strawberries, add them to a bowl with the raspberries, blackberries and blueberries then add in the rest of your filling ingredients and stir it up.
BTW, I got this mini pink rubber spatula at Williams Sonoma a few months ago and am obsessed! One, it’s pink, two, it’s the perfect size, three, it has a mate that is more of a scrapper perfect for cleaning out jars. I love them so much I got a grey set, too. Grey for savory dishes, pink for sweets! (I’m just a little OCD…)
Anyway, now that your filling is prepped and macerating, start rolling out your pie dough. If you were making a pie you’d roll out half the dough. But since we’re making a galette, roll out about 3/4 of the dough to a 1/8″ thickness in a circle 3-4 inches larger than your pie plate for more overlap on the filling. If you just thought, “pie plate? I thought we were making a galette?,” let me explain. Galettes are round freeform pastries that are not meant to be perfect like pies. But I find a pie plate to be a wonderful mold to make sure your galette has a nice, uniform roundness and to help catch any spillage that would otherwise destroy your baking sheet or oven bottom. I leave the imperfections only to the rustic edges of the crust.
So grab your pie plate, lay your dough in it as evenly as possibly, pushing the dough into the plate, and get to filling! As you are filling, be careful to reserve 1-2 tablespoons of the filling liquid to brush on top of the crust. Since it contains all sorts of goodies in it, this will help the crust get nice and golden brown that otherwise can’t be achieved without an egg wash. (Or, if you can eat eggs, skip this and just brush the top with an egg wash.) Once your filling is evenly distributed, fold the edges of the galette over, overlapping where necessary. Using a pastry brush, brush the reserved filling liquid on the edges then sprinkle with sugar.
Bake this beautiful galette at 375F for 45-60 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the bottom is fully cooked (another benefit of using a pie plate, if it’s glass, is that you can check the bottom). Take it out and use all of your self control to let it cool for several hours, or even over night, so that the filling has time to fully set. If you cut it too soon you’ll have a runny mess on your hands. If you want to eat it warm, simply reheat it in a 200F oven.
While this makes a wonderful dessert, it makes a delicious breakfast with a cup of coffee or tea, too. It is also perfect as an afternoon snack. Actually, just eat it for all your meals until it’s gone and then make another and repeat.
- one double pie crust
- 2 cups sliced peaches
- 1 cup sliced strawberries
- 1 cup blueberries
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup blackberries
- ¼ cup + 1 Tbsp sugar
- 2 Tbsp cornstarch
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- juice from ½ lemon
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Prepare pie dough according to recipe and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix together fruits, ¼ cup sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and lemon juice. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to macerate.
- Roll out ¾ of the pie dough into a large circle and transfer to a pie dish making sure dough hangs over the edges of the dish. Fill the dish with the peach and berry mixture, reserving 1-2 Tbsp worth of liquid. Fold the pie dough edges over the top of the filling.
- Brush the top of the dough with the reserved filling liquid then sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
- Bake the galette for 45-60 minutes, until the crust has turned golden brown and the bottom is cooked through.
- Let the galette cool for several hours before serving to allow the filling to set.
Let me know if you’ve tried this recipe! Comment below or post a photo to instagram and tag me @champagneandfrites!