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Mixed berry galette on a sheet pan.

Mixed Berry Galette (with Foolproof Pastry)


  • Author: Alexandra Stafford
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: serves 8

Description

Adapted from David Lebovitz’s recipe from Fine Cooking.

You can use this recipe as a guide, substituting in whatever fruit you love for the berries. Here are a few variations I love: rhubarb, peach, apple.

To make whipped cream from scratch: Whip 1 cup heavy cream in the bowl of a stand mixer until soft peaks begin to form. (You can do this by hand, too, with a bowl and whisk.) Add confectioner’s sugar — start with 1/4 cup and add more to taste. Add a big pinch of sea salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla and beat to combine and until the peaks begin getting firmer. Taste — the mixture should be slightly sweet and the salt should be noticeable, though the whipped cream should not taste salty.


Ingredients

For the tart dough:

  • 1 1/4 cups (160 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (14 g) sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon table or kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (114 g) cold, cubed butter, salted or unsalted
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon (71 g) ice water

For the frangipane:

  • 1/2 cup (60 g) almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter at room temperature
  • 1 egg (small if possible)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla, rum, brandy or bourbon

For assembly:

  • 1 lb. berries (about 3 cups) — I like to use a mix of blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar, turbinado is nice
  • vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream for serving, see notes above for making whipped cream from scratch

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and place a rack in the center of the oven. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt together. Cut the butter into small pieces, then add to the food processor. Pulse at 1-second intervals until butter is the size of peas—should be about 10 quick pulses. Add the ice water and pulse again about 10 times until the mixture is crumbly but holds together when pinched. 
  2. Lay a clean tea towel on a work surface. Dump the crumbly dough mixture into the center. Grab the four corners of the towel together and twist to create a beggar’s purse, pressing the dough into a disk. Use your hands to pack and pat the disk together. Transfer to fridge.
  3. Don’t wash the food processor! Combine almond flour, sugar, salt, butter, egg, and vanilla or alcohol in the dirty bowl of the food processor. Purée until smooth. Set aside
  4. On a lightly floured work surface, roll out the dough into a 12- or 13-inch round. Use as much flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking, and every few rolls, flip the dough over. Transfer dough to a parchment- or Silpat-lined sheetpan. Spoon the frangipane into the center leaving a 1- to 2-inch border. Spread the berries evenly over the frangipane. Fold the exposed edge of dough towards the center to make a rustic enclosure. Brush the edge of the dough with melted butter. Drizzle the remainder over the exposed berries. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the top. If time permits, refrigerate the galette for 30 minutes — this prevents the butter from seeping out of the crust as it bakes. 
  5. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden. Remove pan from the oven and let rest on cooling rack for 5 to 10 minutes or until Silpat or paper is cool enough to handle. Grab the edges of the paper or Silpat and slide to a cooling rack to cool further or to a cutting board to serve. Cut into wedges. Serve on its own or with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: mixed, berry, galette, summer, fruit, frangipane, pastry