What on Earth is a Galette? It’s lazy woman pie! (Picture me jumping up and down.) Yes, yes, yes! Or as my brother would say woot! As you may have noticed I’ve been really into pie. I’ve overcome my terror of baking one, and even developed my own dough recipe. (As a pie lovin’ girl from way back I can totally vouch for this recipe.) I’m still working on a light version of the recipe because too much cream too often is unfortunately a no no.
So back to the lazy pie thing… Galettes are are basically a free form pie, kind of a rustic tart. You follow normal pie dough making procedure but instead of cutting the dough into a nice round circle you leave all those messy edges and fold em’ right up over your filling. Ta-da! Galette! By the way Galette is the french word for this lovely tart. It’s a Crostata if your being all Italian.
I’ve been working on my Galette since reading this post over at Food 52. The photo was just so gorgeous I had to try it. I followed the directions exactly as written the first time around and then decided that my perfect pie dough would make for a great Galette. And yup, sure does.
Galettes feel kind of festive and different to me. At least in America I think that pie is pretty common place (even if we don’t always make it ourselves) so it doesn’t have quite the unique feel that this pretty but simple tart does.
Galettes are also great because they can be both sweet or savory. I’ve been fanatically making berry Galettes since my local market has had cheap and plump looking berries lately. They’ve been a huge hit at BBQ’s and Sunday morning at church.
So give this recipe a try before summer winds down and the fresh fruit is gone! As always I would love to hear about any variations you come up with!Print