For some reason pie really intimidates me which is why I rarely make it. I’m taking baby steps to getting more comfortable with it by making this summer peach galette. It’s so insanely easy to make and you hardly have to fuss with the dough. For pie, so many things have to go right. The crust has to be perfectly buttery, it has to be the right temperature to handle, the filling has to be not too thick and not too running…etc. I’m actively working on my pie skills and this galette recipe is like pie with training wheels.
What is a Galette?
Galette is a French cuisine and is a flat round pastry. It can be savory, sweet, open, or sealed but it almost always involves a pie-like pastry crust and a wet filling. Since it’s so thin and flat, the center isn’t as full or juicy as a regular fruit pie. The fruit mix is pretty dry before you bake as the natural juices from the fruit will produce a moist center. It’s essentially a fruit pizza with a thick crust and a rustic look. I love it as summer dessert because it isn’t too heavy or too much of a commitment like pie is!
Why you shouldn’t bake with ripe peaches
I find it difficult to choose any other fruit besides peaches when it’s summertime. Exhibit A being my no churn peaches and cream ice cream. They’re just so fresh and sweet and perfect for baking. But you could really add anything to a galette. Fruits like blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, blackberries, apples, pears, or any combination would be delicious. Simply put, I chose peaches because they’re my favorite!
The key here is to work with firm peaches. If you choose ripe and soft peaches, the center will just be a mushy mess. With firm peaches, you can get nice even slices and great texture. Like I said before, baking will release the juices in the peaches which will bring moisture and sweetness to the galette filling.
With peaches comes cinnamon because you can’t have one without the other! The hint of cinnamon in this recipe brings a little spice to the galette and is oh so delicious. Don’t forget the sugar on top! That sweet crunch makes the crust that much better.
The pie dough is just as easy to make as the peach filling. No equipment is needed for this galette recipe. All you need is a bowl and your hands. I’ve learned that’s the best way to prepare pie dough as you can feel the chunks of butter so you know when to stop. Your fingers also help to warm the cold butter just enough to mix with the flour. To bring it all together, all you have to do is place it on a baking sheet, line up the peaches, folder over the edges, and bake. It’s that easy!
So if you’re pie-timidated like me, you should try out this summer peach galette! It’s just as good as pie but without the stress. Mix it up and add your favorite fruit but don’t forget the ice cream on top! Be sure to pin this recipe for later using the button the recipe card, above or below this post, or on any of the images. You’ll definitely want to save this one!Print