July 18, 2018

A Summer Peach Galette

A pretty Summer peach galette that combines a flaky, rustic pie crust with vanilla scented, cinnamon-spiced peaches. Easier than pie, but just as tasty, this simple, sweet dessert can easily be adapted to feature whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries… you name it!).

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Okay, where did we leave off?

We had just sold our house in Tacoma. I wrote my last post the morning before we left, and fast forward to now: writing this while the baby sleeps, from our tiny, temporary basement AirBnb apartment in northern Virginia.

Honestly, this move has been tough.

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The housing market here is incredibly challenging and so, so expensive. We did a lot of internet research before we got here, had our loan application already approved and underwritten, and were fairly optimistic at the outset. But finding a new home has taken a lot longer than we’d hoped.

We’ve look at dozens of houses (and hundreds of listings online), and made several offers that fell through, starting with a house we really loved that turned out to have a money pit of an environmental disaster in the backyard in the form of an ancient, leaking heating oil tank; a full price offer that turned into a bidding war well over what the house was worth; and most notably, the beautiful house we couldn’t believe was still on the market… until we discovered that it was the scene of a brutal and tragic double murder right before Christmas.

Seriously.

Please tell me we’re not alone in our house-hunting horror stories!

After a fairly tortuous and emotional month and a half, I’m happy to report that we are finally now under contract on a great house in a nice neighborhood, and, assuming all the real estate drama is behind us, will be getting the keys in a few weeks!

We cannot wait to be settled again, and I’m especially looking forward to getting back into a real kitchen again. It’s been nothing but microwave and toaster oven cooking, and the occasional take out for way too long now. Hopefully I can still sneak in some late-summer baking before the apples and pumpkins take over!

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Despite my penchant for berries, peaches might actually be my very favorite summer fruit. Maybe it’s because local peach season is so fleeting, but there’s something about a perfectly ripe peach, sweet and full of flavor, with syrupy juice that you can’t help but drip down your chin, that just screams Summer.

Of course, there is homemade peach pie to take advantage of such lovely, ambrosial beauties, but an even easier option is a rustic galette, with flaky pastry crust and nearly caramelized layers of sliced peaches.

When I originally posted this peach galette – back when mostly just my Mom read this blog – it was also a time of major change.

I’d recently decided to leave my design job at a prestigious architecture and interiors firm in San Francisco and follow my (now) husband to Georgia. I’d spent the last few years working on some of the most exclusive and beautiful hotels in the world, and walked away from that career to pursue a new path and new passions, ultimately turning blogging and food photography into a full time business.

In honor of my new home in the deep South, I thought it appropriate to make something not only seasonal but local: a dessert made from fresh Georgia peaches.

(Although, I remember smirking at the fact that the peaches in the grocery store that August were dotted with “grown in California” produce stickers…)

And here we are starting a new chapter again, this time in Virginia. This time with a blue-eyed babe along for the adventure.

So I thought I’d revisit that favorite Summer recipe: this rustic peach galette.

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Galettes – essentially free form tarts or pastries – are fantastic for showcasing seasonal fruit, and despite their simple construction, make beautiful, albeit rustic, desserts.

And they’re easy as pie. Well, easier actually.

The crust begins the same way – I use my favorite all-butter pie pastry here – rolled out into a circle and gently folded over layers of gently-spiced, sugar-kissed fresh peach slices. You can layer the peaches carefully into spirals, or pile them unceremoniously into a mound in the center – equally delicious options.

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Another big, big change – and a decision that I’ve gone back and forth on, and had quite a bit of anxiety about – is that I’ve given up some creative control and teamed up with a few fellow food bloggers and photographers to rephotograph some of my older recipes.

In the last seven-ish years of this blog, I’ve never not done everything myself. The photos, the recipes, the writing, social media, everything behind the scenes… So this was hard for me, but I realized early on in our move that with everything going on personally, it was going to take a good long while before I would be able to get back to cooking and photographing as usual. I didn’t want to go completely dark on you again, so instead, I’ve brought in help from some talented ladies, and you’ll see some “new” old recipes getting a facelift in the coming weeks.

I’ve missed you guys. I’ll be back soon, and in the meantime, thank you for following along. It means the world.

xo, Laura

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Originally published on August 19, 2012. Updated photos by Laura Kasavan, of the lovely desserts blog Tutti Dolci.

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Summer Peach Galette

  • Author: Laura Bolton - Fork Knife Swoon
  • Prep Time: 60
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 Servings
  • Category: Dessert, Baking
  • Method: Baking, Pastry
  • Cuisine: American, French

Description

A pretty Summer peach galette that combines a flaky, rustic pie crust with vanilla scented, cinnamon-spiced peaches. Easier than pie, but just as tasty, this simple, sweet dessert can easily be adapted to feature whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, blueberries… you name it!).


Ingredients

for the all-butter pie pastry:
1/2 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
1/2 Tbsp organic cane sugar
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
4-6 Tbsp ice water

for the peach filling:
3 cups (about 4 medium) peaches, sliced¹
1/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
juice of half a lemon
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp arrowroot starch²
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch fine grain sea salt
optional: egg wash (1 egg yolk + 1 tsp cream) and sanding sugar
1 Tbsp apricot or peach jelly


Instructions

All-Butter Pie Pastry:

Cut the butter into quarter-inch cubes. Place the butter in the freezer for at least ten minutes or until ready to use.

Pulse together the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor, once or twice until just combined. Add the butter cubes to the flour mixture and pulse a few times until the butter is evenly distributed, with the largest butter bits about the size of large peas.

Add the vinegar and ice water, pulsing once or twice between each tablespoon addition. The dough is ready when it appears crumbly, but will easily hold together when pinched between two fingers.

Turn the dough out onto a clean, lightly floured work surface. Form into a round, flat disk, working quickly and being careful not to over-handle the dough.

Wrap the disk tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour prior to rolling it out. The pastry may be made in advance and stored for up to a day in the refrigerator or – if wrapped very tightly in plastic wrap – about a month in the freezer.

Make the peach galette:

Prepare the pie pastry: Remove the dough from the fridge. Wait about 5-10 minutes for the dough to warm slightly and become pliable. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375℉. Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Place the dough in the center of a clean, lightly floured work surface. Using a rolling pin – I prefer to use a French (tapered) rolling pin – start in the center of the disk, and roll outwards, with firm but gentle pressure. Turn the dough and continue rolling towards the edges. As you work, don’t be afraid to sprinkle additional flour on top of the dough and underneath, as well as on the rolling pin to avoid sticking.

Continue rolling until the dough is about 12 inches in diameter and about 1/8-inch thick. As the dough gets larger, be careful to apply even pressure with the rolling pin across the entire surface of the dough.

Gently transfer the dough to the sheet pan, being careful not to pull or tear the dough. Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.

Prepare the brown sugar peach filling: In a large mixing bowl, stir together the brown sugar, lemon, vanilla, arrowroot starch, cinnamon, ginger, and salt, until combined. Toss with the peaches.

Assemble the galette: Spoon the peach filling onto the center of the pie pastry, in an even layer or a decorative spiral pattern, leaving about two inches around the edge. Fold the pastry over the peaches, overlapping the dough as needed.

Brush the pastry with the egg wash and generously sprinkle with the demerara sugar.

Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the pastry is golden and the peach juices begin to bubble. If the crust begins to brown too quickly, cover loosely with aluminum foil.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool to room-temperature on a baking rack until set. While still warm, carefully brush the top of the peaches with the apricot/peach jelly to lightly glaze. Serve warm with a dusting of confectioners sugar or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy!


Notes

¹ Aim for thin, equal peach slices for even baking.
² I’ve tested multiple pie thickeners, and have found that arrowroot starch (a natural plant starch) works the very best. Unlike cornstarch, which can become cloudy and gummy, arrowroot starch creates a smooth, shiny sauce without a noticeably added taste. As a second choice, you can also substitute (blended) instant tapioca pearls. Or, simply don’t worry about it, and enjoy a saucier galette!

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Adel
    September 26, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I made the Peach Galette and it was delicious. I didn’t make the pastry but instead used puffed pastry. I
    added the peach jelly to the peach filling and was happy how it turned out. This recipe is a keeper. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Laura
      September 27, 2018 at 7:10 am

      Thank you, Adel!! Using a puff pastry is a brilliant shortcut!

  • Reply
    Melinda Barfield
    August 1, 2018 at 11:15 am

    This recipe looks delish! I am going to try it when I get a few more peaches.I noticed that peaches weren’t as abundant in Georgia when I lived there for a short time. i live in SC now and love the peaches they grow here.They are not as big as Eastern WA peaches that my grandma had,but are sweet and juicy.We have a few small trees on our property now and are producing a few babies, so for now I still pick them up at the fruit stands.I found this recipe as I was scrolling through your website and am trying out the canned cherry tomato sauce recipe.I can’t wait to indulge into a jar this winter when I am missing all the summer garden galore!

    • Reply
      Laura
      August 1, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      It’s funny, because I only lived in Georgia for a short time too, but I remember thinking when I first got there (in early Summer), “Oh, there will of course be an abundance of ‘Georgia peaches.'” Well, apparently not where we lived in Columbus! I hope you like the galette – it definitely takes advantage of sweet and juicy peaches. The cherry tomato sauce is one of my very favorite sauces ever – so simple, but so delicious, especially if you have homegrown or farmers market tomatoes. Definitely love having a few jars on hand when the season is over. Thank you for your comment, Melinda!!

  • Reply
    Terre Lapman
    July 28, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Hi Laura, I have made a version of this with a recipe for sugar cookie dough as the crust.
    I hope you are all well and the wee one is growing I’m sure. Sorry you had to move, but sure it will be fabulous. Would love to hear from you. xoxo Terre

    • Reply
      Laura
      August 1, 2018 at 7:02 am

      Hi, Terre! A sugar cookie crust sounds delish with this galette. It has been hectic, but we’re closing in finally getting settled again. Hope things are well with you, too! 🙂

  • Reply
    Louise
    July 23, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Welcome back, Laura! I’ve missed you and your delicious recipes. This looks like a real winner!

    • Reply
      Laura
      August 1, 2018 at 7:03 am

      Thank you, Louise! Happy to be getting back to it 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    July 20, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    I absolutely loved the combination of flaky pastry with sweet summer peaches in this galette. Summer dessert perfection! 🙂

    • Reply
      Laura
      July 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Thank you for your gorgeous snaps of this favorite! 🙂

  • Reply
    Abigail
    July 18, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    This looks like the perfect — and easy — solution to using at least a few of the peaches that are falling off my tree right now. They all ripen at once and it’s hard to keep up!
    I’ll have to check out your brown sugar peach pie recipe, too. And maybe swap in peaches with your ginger pear puff pastry tart recipe.
    YUM!

    • Reply
      Laura
      July 21, 2018 at 11:25 am

      Thanks, Abigail!! That’s a good problem to have, right? 🙂 Enjoy all the sweet peach treats!

  • Reply
    Marilyn Franklin
    June 1, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I want to try your recipe!