If you’d rather take a nap than deal with the stress of lining a tart tin, this charmingly sloppy galette is for you.
What is a galette? It’s derived from the French word galet, which means pebble. And it refers to a flat, round cake of sorts — like a savoury buckwheat crepe, or this free-form tart.
Galettes are lovely because they’re so forgiving. Just roll out the dough, pile fruit in the middle and wrap the edges as if you were bundling a (very delicious) baby. Never mind if the edges tear. Just use your fingers to patch it back — it’s meant to be shabby chic. But as rustic as it looks, it tastes fantastic. This easy dough recipe turns out gloriously flaky and buttery pastry worthy of a great store-bought tart.
Cherries star in this galette because they’re now on sale at most supermarkets (get some before the season's over!), but you can easily use other fruit like blueberries or strawberries — just adjust sugar levels accordingly. However, there’s something especially luxe about baked cherries. They transform into jewel-like orbs of piquant-peppery-jammy juices barely held together by a satiny film of skin.
Plus, it’s red... and white, if served with vanilla ice cream. Fab for a National Day party dessert.
Serves 8 pax
213g plain flour
7g caster sugar
¼ tsp fine sea salt
145g cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
80ml ice-cold water
950g cherries (about 850g after pitting)
¼ tsp fine sea salt
170g caster sugar (add more to taste if cherries are tangy)
1.5 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp lemon juice (adjust to taste)
1 large egg + 1 tsp milk, beaten, for brushing
caster sugar, for sprinkling
1. Whisk flour, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Add butter and rub into flour with fingertips until mixture resembles coarse meal and only a few pea-sized lumps remain.
2. Drizzle water over flour mixture and stir gently with a spatula until the pastry just comes together. Do not over-mix.
3. Using hands, pat dough into a disc. Wrap tightly in plastic and refrigerate till chilled, at least 30 mins. The dough can also be refrigerated overnight or frozen for up to two weeks.
4. Place chilled dough on a sheet of lightly floured parchment paper. Cover dough with plastic wrap to prevent it from sticking to your rolling pin. Roll dough into a rough 14.5-inch circle.
5. Transfer rolled dough on its parchment paper to a baking tray, cover loosely in plastic wrap and chill while prepping filling.
6. Preheat oven to 190°C. To pit cherries, remove the stem of each fruit, place atop a bottle opening and position a chopstick in cherry crevice. Push chopstick down firmly to remove pit.
7. Place pitted cherries in a large bowl and gently mix with salt, sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
8. Pile cherries onto the center of the dough, draining away any excess liquid from the fruit (you don’t want soggy pastry). Heap cherries slightly in the middle, leaving a 2-inch border around the dough’s circumference. Fold the dough border over the fruit, pressing and crimping lightly so it adheres to the cherries.
9. Brush pastry edges with the beaten egg and milk, then sprinkle with sugar. Slide galette into the centre rack of the oven and bake till its crust is golden-brown and the filling is bubbling, about 1 hr - 1hr 15 mins.
10. Remove galette from the oven and cool in its tray on a wire rack till slightly warm. Serve on its own, or with vanilla ice cream. This is best eaten on the day it’s baked.