A Galette, or a “Tarte Rustique” as we call it in France, is one of the easiest ways to showcase Summer fruits at their prime – and this Peach and Blueberry Galette is a perfect example of it. This rustic fruit tart features a flaky all-butter crust, folded in a free form manner over ripe Summer fruits. It is an uncomplicated dessert to make during these late-Summer nights, and it doesn’t require much time to assemble. A dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice-cream on top will make it even more irresistible.
The ideal crust for a Galette: a “Pâte Brisée”.
For making a galette, I find a Pâte Brisée is the best candidate. A “Pâte Brisée” is the French version of a standard pie crust, made with a generous amount of butter. In comparison to a “Pâte Sucrée” (traditionally used for a French Lemon Tart) or to a “Pâte Sablée” (traditionally used for a French Frangipane Apricot Tart), a Pâte Brisée is made with only flour, butter and water – no sugar and no eggs. This means it can be used for both sweet and savory pies, tarts, or galettes.
Because the flour and butter are mixed with water (water encouraging the gluten development in the flour), a “Pâte Brisée is sturdier and less sandy – which is what you want to shape galettes easily, and avoid having the edges crumble when you fold them over the fruits. That said, it is essential not to overmix the dough (stop mixing when it just comes together) or your crust will end up too tough once baked.
To sum it all up, I love to use a Pâte Brisée for making galettes, as it is deliciously buttery yet easy to work with and very forgiving. The crust is quickly chilled for 20 minutes (for the butter to chill) and then rolled out and filled with fresh fruits, before the edges are folded over in a free form manner.
The fruit filling
Ripe peaches and blueberries make a perfect combo to fill this simple galette. The peaches are tender and slightly acidic while the blueberries bring little bursts of sweetness. These are perfect flavours to contrast against the buttery crust. You can use any variety of peaches: yellow, white or nectarines – and you don’t need to peel them.
A little sugar and a splash of vanilla extract are added to the fruits. I don’t think you need much else for these fruits to shine.
- It is essential to use cold butter and ice cold water to make the dough. Cold butter -not at room temperature- will distribute into the flour without softening. And ice-cold water will bind the ingredients together without melting the butter. This ensure little bits of butter are still present in the dough once rolled out, which makes for a most tender baked Pâte Brisée.
- The Pâte Brisée needs to chilled at least 20-30 minutes before being rolled out. If the dough is too cold and firm when trying to roll it out, let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes so it warms enough, to become easier to roll out.
- If the edges of the dough crack a bit when you fold them over the fruit, do not fret. You can simply wet your fingers under lukewarm water and “rub” the cracks to bind the dough back together.
I hope you’ll love this Peach and Blueberry Galette recipe as much as I do! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.
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For the Pâte Brisée :
1 1/2 cups (188g) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (170g) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 teaspoon salt
¼ cup to 1/3 cup (50ml to 78ml) ice water
3 tbsp (23g) all-purpose flour
3 tbsp (18g) ground almonds
1 lb (453g) peaches, halved and pitted
1/3 lb (150g) blueberries
¼ cup (50g) sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg yolk, for brushing
Optional: 2 tbsp Peach jam.
Step 1 – Prepare the Pâte Brisée. Mix the flour, salt and butter with your fingers or pulse in a food processor, until you get a crumbly consistency and pea-size bits of butter are still visible. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough just comes together into a rough ball; do not over-mix or your crust will end up tough. Add a few more splashes of water if you feel the dough is too crumbly - but try to keep the water to a minimum. Too much water will also make your crust tough. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 400F (205C) with a rack in the middle. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2 – In a small bowl, combine the 3 tbsp of AP flour with the 3 tbsp of almond flour. Set aside.
Step 3 – Cut each peach halves into 6 slices (equals out to 12 slices/peach). Combine the peach slices in a bowl with the blueberries, sugar and vanilla extract. Toss gently until evenly coated.
Step 4 – Take the dough out of the fridge. Transfer it onto a lightly floured surface and roll it out to circle of 16-inch in diameter (about 1/6 inch thick). Drape the dough over your rolling pin and transfer it to the parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Step 5 – Spread the flour/almond flour mix onto the dough, leaving a 2 inch border around the edge. This mix will absorb the juice of the fruits when baking and prevent the crust from getting soggy. Arrange the peach and blueberry mix on top. Fold the edges of the dough up over the fruits to create a 1 ½ to 2 inch border. Brush the egg yolk onto the folded border.
Bake for 50 min to 1 hour, until the edges look dry and golden.
Optional: Warm up the peach jam in a microwave for 15 seconds and pass it through a fine mesh strainer if needed (to discard of fruit chunks). Gently brush the jam over the fruits for a glistening finish.
Let the galette cool for 30 minutes before transferring it onto a cooling rack. Enjoy warm or chilled.
The Pâte Brisée recipe is based on Jacques Pépin’s Plum Galette recipe.
If you try this Peach and Blueberry Galette recipe let me know! Leave a comment or share a photo using #pardonyourfrench on Instagram. Bon Appétit!