Monday, July 1, 2013

Cherry galette recipe

If you are unfamiliar with galettes, they are a kind of rustic tart featuring typically a single fruit filling baked in a crisp crust. I highly recommend giving one a try this summer-consider it a part of your "foodie bucket list" ;-)

  • 1 1/4 cups flour 
  • 1 stick cold butter, cubed 
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 1/2 pounds black cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved 
  • 1/3 cup sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice 
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • Half-and-half, for brushing 
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar 
Combine flour, butter, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stream in ice water until mixture forms a soft dough. If too dry, add additional ice water, making sure that the dough doesn't become too wet to work with. Lightly flour a flat work surface and create a flat disk out of the dough. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Combine the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, juice, vanilla and salt in a bowl and set aside. Lightly flour a flat surface again and roll out the dough into a 12-14 inch circle. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Leaving a 2 inch border, pour the filling onto the dough. Fold the edges over and brush the dough with half and half. Sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 50-55 minutes, until the crust is golden. Allow to cool before serving.
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