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Blueberry-Lemon Galette

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Serves eight.

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 73

Once summer rolls around, I make and freeze a few batches of this galette dough, so I can easily make a rustic tart with whatever in-season fruit I find at the farmers market. Want to improvise your own fruit tarts? Go to Create Your Own Recipe to start building your own recipe now.

For the Dough:
  • 6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. table salt
  • 5-1/2 oz. (11 Tbs.) cold, unsalted butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 Tbs. whole milk
For the Filling:
  • 4 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
  • Big pinch table salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten well
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
Make and Roll Out the Dough:

Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or if mixing by hand, in a medium bowl). Cut the butter into 1/2-inch cubes and add them to the flour. On low speed, mix the butter and flour until the flour is no longer white and holds together when you clump it with your fingers, 1 to 2 minutes. If there are still lumps of butter larger than the size of peas, break them up with your fingers. Run a spatula along the bottom of the bowl to loosen anything stuck to the bowl. (If mixing by hand, mix with a pastry cutter or two forks until the butter is mixed into the flour as above).

In a small bowl, mix the egg yolk and milk and add them to the flour mixture. On low speed, mix until the dough just comes together, about 15 seconds; the dough will be somewhat soft. (If mixing by hand, add the yolk mixture to the flour and mix gently with a fork until the liquid is well distributed. The dough will still look crumbly and dry.

Dump the dough onto a clean counter and work it with the heel of your hand, pushing and smearing it away from you and gathering it up with a bench scraper and repeating until the dough comes together and is pliable). Turn the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap, press it into a flat disk, wrap it in the plastic, and let it rest in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes (or up to four days) before rolling it out.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a heavy-duty rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Remove the dough from the refrigerator; if the dough is very firm, let it sit at room temperature until it’s pliable enough to roll, 10 to 15 minutes. On a floured surface, roll the dough into a round that’s about 13 to 14 inches in diameter. It’s all right if the edges are a little ragged. If you can’t get a roughly round shape, trim the dough so that it’s a rough circle and roll the trimmed scraps back into the dough. Transfer the dough round to the baking sheet and put it in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Fill and Bake the Galette:

Put the blueberries in a large bowl. Toss the fruit with the 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Taste the fruit; if it’s more tart than you like, add up to 2 Tbs. more sugar. Add the lemon zest, honey, flour and salt, and toss until everything is evenly mixed.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes to keep it from cracking when you assemble the tart. Heap the fruit in the center of the dough round. Using your fingertips, fold the edges of the dough over some of the fruit to create a rim about 2 inches wide. Work your way all around, pleating the dough as you go.

Using a pastry brush, brush the pleated dough evenly with the beaten egg. Sprinkle the granulated sugar directly on the dough and fruit.

Bake the tart until the pleats of dough are completely golden brown without a trace of pale, unbaked dough, about 55 minutes. (It’s all right if some of the juices escape from the tart and seep onto the pan.) Transfer to a rack and let cool. The tart may be baked up to six hours ahead of serving. When cool enough to handle, use a spatula to transfer the tart to a serving plate or cutting board. Slice it and serve it warm or at room temperature.

This is a no fail show stopper. Made it several times and it always gets raves. Served it with both whipped cream and with ice cream, but it stands up just fine plain. Pastry has a shortbread taste and feel to it, just delicious!

I have had some pie disasters before so I was a little nervous to try this recipe but after reading all the reviews I gave it a go and - wowzas! It turned out looking just like the photo and was greeted with rave reviews! I used butter that I kept in the freezer, used a food processor to mix the dough and handled it as briefly as possible. I kept the disk in the fridge for a couple of hours, rolled out the pastry and kept in the fridge for an hour or two under saran wrap. I was a little worried about it not being a perfect circle and if the bits of pastry would all stick together but it turned out beautifully. I don't usually use parchment paper but I wish I did in this case - the juice bubbled out and made cleaning the pan quite the project. I could've also added a bit more blueberries. Give this recipe a try! I'll be making it again, for sure!

This was the third galette recipe I've tried, and it's my favorite. Great crust- had flakiness and crusty layers- yum- and bit of richness from the egg yolk. I used lime zest instead of the lemon zest- (was all I had on hand- wasn't going to do it- but my wife said "go for it"). She was right. The lime paired so well. Got to try more lime zest in baking projects. fyi- I baked ate 375 degrees instead of 350- got done in 44 min- with great deep red/browns. Next time I'll make two batches, and freeze one. This is a keeper.

I made this last summer and again this summer. Even if you do no 'do' pies...THIS crust makes you look brilliant. Also...this holds up wonderfully in the refrigerator. Five days later my husband and I are fighting for the last piece. I fix several recipes of the dough and freeze them in 1/2" thick rounds..so they are ready to use when I need a quick dessert. After picking my blueberries I freeze them in 4 cup batches, so that they too are in the correct proportions for the Galette.

Delicious, and so easy! I made the crust by hand and found it very easy to work with, and loved the rustic look. Think this could be adapted to many different fruit combinations.

Love the recipe. My family now asks me to make 'funny pies' instead of more traditional pies in a pie plate with fluted edges.

Outstanding----easy to follow directions. The pastry is delicious and tender and not difficult to make. I made it a day ahead and chilled it overnight in the fridge. The filling was very tasty although I added extra lemon rind for additional zest. It was a huge hit at a family dinner--everyone had seconds!!

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