Tuesday, July 29, 2008
TWD - Summer Fruit Galette
This week’s TWD recipe was chosen by Michelle from Michelle in Colorado Springs and is summer fruit galette. Well, it is not particularly summery here in NZ at the moment, but I still liked the idea of a summer fruit galette. It may seem odd, but I actually don’t like stoned fruit other than plums and cherries, but I felt like making something sunny looking after the stormy weekend we had, so I used a can of apricot halves.
The galette used Dorie’s Good For Everything pastry, which was also used in the blueberry pie a few weeks ago. The recipe has shortening in it and last time I used kremelta instead, but this time I decided to use all butter. After resting and rolling out the pastry, you spread the base with jam, top with crushed graham crackers and your fruit, bake for about 25 minutes and then pour over a little custard made with melted butter, sugar and an egg.
I chose home made apricot jam to go with my apricots which gave a real apricoty flavour. We don’t have Graham crackers in NZ, so I used a couple of crushed up girl guide biscuits to crumble over the jam. I guess this is to absorb some of the juices from the fruit. I drained the apricots in a sieve before I placed them on the galette. The custard part was a yummy addition – it was almost like frangipane but without the ground nuts. My only comment is that it made way too much for the size of my tart (I was a bit lazy and didn’t roll the pastry out as thinly as I probably should have so my galette was smaller than it might have been) and I ended up tipping most of it down the waste disposal. The idea is good though.
The galette was delicious. I almost couldn’t wait for it to cool down enough to try a slice. I softly whipped some cream to go with it and it was perfect - I think it is the pie crust which makes the galette so good. The pastry would even be good just spread with jam and baked and eaten with whipped cream!
See what the other TWDers thought here.