Galettes are my favourite summer dessert. Filled with heavily perfumed fruit encased in a splintery butter pastry. My nectarine and blueberry galette is the perfect way to celebrate stoned summer fruits.
If you like pie chances are you’re going to love a galette. Although a galette isn’t really a pie in the traditional sense, more of the French equivalent, really. As with pies, a galette can be savoury or sweet. This free-form pie method does away with fussy blind baking and encourages an altogether rustic approach. There’s no specific shape either. Oblong, sort of roundish, square or rectangle. All are acceptable and welcome, but above all, delicious! For this recipe, I’ve combined plain flour and wholemeal. The result is a nuttier pastry with a toothsome bite. I serve the galette warm while the pastry is at its crispiest. Vanilla bean ice cream or whipped cream are all this galette needs.
I demonstrated this galette on Expresso, SABC 3’s feel good breakfast show. Here’s the link for the how-to.
Nectarine and blueberry galette
For the pastry
- 170g cold butter, cubed
- 160g all purpose cake flour
- 80g wholemeal flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons castor sugar
- 3 – 4 tablespoons cold water
- 8 -10 nectarines, pitted and sliced into segments
- 2 dark skinned plums, pitted and cut into segments
- 125g blueberries
- 3 – 4 heaped tablespoons granulated sugar (depending on the sweetness of the fruit)
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- 1 tablespoon all purpose cake flour
- 1 heaped tablespoon semolina
- egg wash (1 whole egg, whisked with a tablespoon water)
- granulated sugar for finishing
- vanilla bean ice cream, for serving
- To make the pastry, place the cake flour, wholemeal flour, salt and castor sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the butter and pulse until fine breadcrumb stage. Add the water and mix just until the dough comes together. Do not over-mix at this point or the pastry will toughen and loose its light, flaky texture. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.
- Preheat the oven to 200º C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll the pastry out on a well floured board to measure approximately 40cm in diameter.
- Transfer the pastry round to the baking sheet. Scatter the almond flour, cake flour and semolina over the base, leaving a 3cm boarder and mix to combine. Place the fruit in a bowl and toss together with the 3 tablespoons sugar.
- Pile the fruit into the centre of the pastry, leaving a 3cm border all around.
- Fold the edges of the pastry inward, overlapping as you go. Press down quite firmly to secure the pastry in place. Brush the pastry liberally with egg wash and sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake for 45-50 minutes.
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