Ren has really turned me on to galettes. I have been a tart and pastry kind of girl, and my cobblers are fabulous. This was my first attempt at making my own pastry dough, Julia said it would be easy, and it was. I used a food processor, which Julia frowned upon, but being a servantless American without the patience to deal with a redo, I mixed my 1 cup AP flour, 3-1/2 TBSP cold butter and salt with 3TBSP of ice cold water and pulse away – Voila. Really mix everything except the water until it is a crumbled consistency then add in the water one tablespoon at a time while the machine is on and then you get pastry dough. I wrapped it up and fridged it for later.
What really called for this new adventure was the deal I got on fruit yesterday at the market. The people there see me every week and I buy so many veggies and fruits that they usually give me some good deals and throw in a freebie or two. This week it was the plums, nectarines, apricots and cherries that grabbed my attention beckoning me to coat them in sugar, jelly and wrap them in a pastry.
This galette only called for about 2 cups of fruit so I used one of each of the larger fruits and a handful of cherries. I pitted them all, sliced them and added a tablespoon of cornstarch, a smidge of turbinado sugar and ¼ cup jelly (this time I used the Rhubarb jelly R brought me back from NC).
When I was ready to bake, I rolled out the pastry and put it on parchment on a cookie sheet. I filled the center with the fruit with about a 2” edge and folded that over the fruit. I baked this beautiful construction at 425 for 20 minutes and then brushed the crust with jelly and sprinkled on some more sugar and baked for another 20 minutes.
The hardest part was letting it rest. I busied myself with making the sweet cream topping (1/2 cup sour cream with 1TBSP of honey (I used some Florida winter honey which is a rich brown, almost like molasses color) and a dash of lemon zest) and let it chill for 15 minutes and then dove in. I have to admit it does give you quite a high feeling eating it and you will want more – oh munchies can be so good.
Oh and it is so good – I think I will make another one right now!