There is a never-ending list of tasks and micro-challenges I’ve always wanted to accomplish. Things I keep throwing on the back burner. Step #1: Baking a galette. I finally did it. This is what went down:
Disclaimer: I’m more of an almond milk human than a butter person. I’ve actually never cooked with butter. Today was full of firsts. This was an experiment for a dinner hosted at home. The next version will be with coconut oil and almond milk. That is all.
- Grab 1/2 cup of walnuts and toast them for about 13 minutes on 350 degrees. Once they cool, pulse them in a food processor.
- Mix in: flour, sugar, salt and cinnamon. Pulse again. (Measurements at the bottom)
- Then, mix in: 1 stick of chilled butter (separated into pieces) Pulse again.
- Transfer this mixture to a bowl, add 4 tablespoons of ice water, continue mixing
- Once the dough is mixed, roll it into a disk (about 6 inch length) and refrigerate in plastic wrap for at least an hour.
Start working on the filling. I used black plum but you can get creative. I adapted the recipe from Bon Appetit and they used blueberry.
- Mix cornstarch, sugar, lemon, milk and fruit of choice in a bowl, then place onto the rolled out dough.
Now you are ready to assemble! I sprinkled flour on my counter and did it directly on the surface. Bad idea. It was hard to transfer the masterpiece to parchment paper and I had minor panic attacks. Assemble it on parchment paper or on a baking dish.
Leave about a 2 inch border to fold over. I didn’t use enough plums. I used 3, next time I would use 4.
Don’t sweat the folding part. Rustic is the new sexy.
Before baking, I patted it with some water, sprinkled sugar on top and drizzled a generous amount of honey. Then, get baking. 370 degrees for 45 minutes.
She’s a beauty. That is my child.
Okay, before I delve into ingredients, I have some comments to make. This should definitely be served with ice cream (I didn’t, but will 100% next time.) It was good, but still needs some finishing touches.
The crust wasn’t sweet enough and there wasn’t enough fruit. The consistency was great but it could use some more sugar and cinnamon (maybe even maple syrup?) A savory version would be delicious too. It’s fairly simple to make and easy to be creative.
Spinach, feta and caramelized onions?
Goat cheese, fig, and honey?
Yes and yes.
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
1 cup plus 2 tbsp flour
2 teaspoons sugar (I think it could use more)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (I think it could use more)
- 1 stick unsalted, chilled butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon
2 tablespoons whole milk
I mixed this up and then placed on the rolled out dough. I didn’t even use half of the sugar…Should of brushed it on–I guess that was my mistake!
Totally go for it! Throw on a good playlist, rock out, and get creative. This is a good starting point for a basic galette. Ice cream required.