Sunday, April 28, 2013

Berry Galette

No special pans are needed to make this fresh tasting berry galette.

I made mine into a large rectangle but you could shape your pastry dough any way you like. A heart shaped galette would be sweet for a wedding anniversary celebration.

You can use any kind of berry you like, fresh or frozen to make this. I used a combination of frozen blackberries and raspberries.

Berry Filling
4 cups berries, frozen or fresh
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch

Heat the berries and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Whisk together the cream and cornstarch and add it to the berry mixture. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly until it is very thick. Remove from heat and let cool for at least 30 minutes before using.
Cool the filling for 30 minutes before using.

2 cups flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
pinch sea salt
1 cup cold water

In a large bowl combine the flour, sugar and salt. Add the shortening and using your fingertips break in into the flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. Add the water, a bit at a time until the dough comes together into a ball.

1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup flour
pinch cinnamon

In a bowl combine the sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add the butter and break it into the flour mixture using your fingertips.

To Assemble:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Begin by patting the dough into a rectangle on a floured board.

Roll the dough into a large rectangle that is about 14 x 7 inches. Place the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and crimp the edges to form a 1-inch dam.

Add the filling.

Add the topping. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 to 35 minutes.
The galette is done when it's golden brown.

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