Summer is all about seasonal cooking with the freshest ingredients (and laying by the pool too), so when I make a trip to the store I grab the produce that looks best and is in season, it automatically drives what I will make next. The same applies if I spot something fun and unique that I have never tasted before–my mom taught me to try everything at least once. Not too long ago I spotted pluots, a plum and apricot hybrid. A fruit that has the best of both and that is easy to bake with.
Being lazy after a long summer day laying by the pool, I do not always have the most energy to really make my baked goods pretty. Sometimes you just want the end result without all of the work. A galette is perfect for that baker.
A galette is essentially a free form pie, great for those of us that struggle with making our baked goods pretty. A bit more rustic, you simply roll out your pie crust, pour your filling in the middle, and fold the edges up and over. The center stays open allowing the sugar in the filling to cook down and get extra gooey.
For this recipe I use brown sugar instead of regular sugar; it adds a deeper flavor to the baked good
There are a few tricks to remember when making a pie crust because we all know they can be very tricky:
- Make sure your butter is very cold, the same applies if you are using lard or shortening.
- Use a pastry cutter, and if you do not have one use a large fork.
- Do not overwork or your pastry will become tough.
- Adding a bit of vinegar allows the glutens to relax, so your dough is not tough.
- Always let your dough rest in the fridge at least 30 minutes before using.