move over pie: raspberry, black currant & nectarine galette

Baking a pie is a pretty wonderous thing. Somehow there’s much more meaning and memories that end up baked into a pie than, let’s say, a cupcake. Not that I’m dissing everyone’s favorite cupcake. It’s just that pies seem to remind us of days gone by, of grandmothers, of pies cooling on kitchen windowsills. They are a bit old-fashioned and antiquated, but the act of baking a pie from scratch shouts out love, plain and simple.

Let’s face it. Pies can be fussy and a bit frightening, what with finding the perfect pie dough recipe to flirting with disaster just trying to roll out the damn thing. So that’s why I’ve become enamored with the galette. A galette is what one would call a bit rustic and freeform. It only involves rolling out 1 piece of dough rather than two, since the dough folds over creating it’s own top crust. It’s brilliant, really. It’s beautiful in it’s own way and one bite will bring all those old-timey memories flooding back.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made a similar pie. Last year I was very successful rolling out a wonderful cornmeal crust that held the fruit beautifully. It declared it a dream crust. This time, however, I wanted to try something a bit more traditional and stumbled across Molly’s crust. It wasn’t as easy to work with in that I had to add more water to the dough and it didn’t hold it’s shape very well. Figuring it was bungled, I just threw all the crumbs, loose bits and doughy bits together, and held it tight with some plastic wrap. After sleeping in the fridge overnight, the dough seemed just fine in the morning. I rolled it out and it surprisingly held together. And how did it bake up? Flaky and light, just like I had dreamed. I may just have a new contender to my dream pie dough recipe!

12 comments to “move over pie: raspberry, black currant & nectarine galette”

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    VeggieGirl   August 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    That galette is BREATHTAKING!!! Nice work!!

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    Sara   August 1, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    very very pretty, and i can imagine how delicious it would taste!

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    Rachel   August 2, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Oh yum! I love a galette.

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    Bijoux   August 2, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    This looks like a very healthy dessert. A dessert where you can eat more because it’s good for you, right? At least that’s what I like to think. The addition of ice cream makes it extra special.

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    Megan   August 2, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    this looks fabulous! i made one with peach and blueberries last night that looked similar to this…but that recipe is a must-try. thanks for sharing 🙂

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    kickpleat   August 4, 2008 at 8:57 am

    thanks veggiegirl!

    mmm, it was delicious! thanks sara.

    indeed, rachel!

    blueberries would be a great addition, megan!

    healthy? okay, i’ll go with that, bijoux 🙂

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    Patricia Scarpin   August 4, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I have never made a galette in my entire lie! I want to make one asap, Kickpleat – yours looks fabulous!

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    eatme_delicious   August 7, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I’ve never made a galette but I do love the ease and free form nature of it! Yours looks yummy and with my favourite fruit this summer (nectarines).

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    Aimée   August 7, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Ohh, I’ve been craving this very thing- stone fruits and fresh berries wrapped in pastry. I feel a dessert coming on this weekend. Beautifully done!

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    kickpleat   August 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    thanks patricia, it’s definitely worth the minor effort involved!

    thanks, eatme, i love the look of it too!

    thanks Aimée, the flavours blend so wonderfully. it’s a great dessert.

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    kabonfootprint   August 21, 2008 at 4:03 am

    I tried to feed my boyfriend with different kinds of sandwiches, but he really doesn’t like sandwiches, except for chocolate sandwiches! 🙂

    BDW, I from Asia and I am trying my best to learn how to cook (decent meals :-)), thanks for sharing your yummy recipes… Busby SEO challenge


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