Sunday, April 26, 2009

Rosie Makes Dessert - A Very Berry Galette.

Just a hint of things to come, boys. I have to string along Buckykatt and Mr. P. to get them to pay attention. Offer them a treat. Dangle a carrot. Whatever it takes.
OK, boys. Move along. Nothing to see here except delicious food. In honor of Ticky's visit to the Hawthorne's Humble Household, I am making a Very Berry Galette for dessert. First, my galette dough.
1 cup all purpose flour 1/4 yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons creme fraiche 1/cup ice water 7 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces
First, I mixed the creme fraiche with the cold water.
Flour and cornmeal went into a bowl with the sugar and salt. The cornmeal gives this dough a bit of a crunch and also makes it crisp enough to stand up to fruity, syrupy fillings, and makes the dough sturdy enough to be rolled out very thinly.
Mix the dry ingredients with a fork.
I dropped the butter pieces, one at a time, into the flour mixture, working them in with a pastry blender. (I always place my individual butter pieces on the rim of the bowl and just pull them down as needed.
Work the butter into the flour mixture so that you have sizes of butter ranging from bread crumbs to small peas. The smaller pieces make the dough tender. The larger pieces make the dough flaky.
Next, I drizzled the creme fraiche/water mixture over the dough, 1 TB at a time, working with a fork to evenly distribute it.
I turned the dough out onto a floured board, worked it just a bit, adding flour, as needed, then cut it in half. I'll only be using 1 half tonight for dessert.
I pressed both pieces of dough into a disk, wrapped them in plastic, and refrigerated for at least 2 hours.
Fast forward to 3 hours later. Here's my galette dough on my lightly floured board. In the meantime, I've been making garlic toast, making spah-gee-ti sauce, making seasoned tortilla chips, and making the bean dip and the creme fraiche/cilantro/jalapeno dip, and baby sitting two dogs, not my own, when Daughter Hawthorne called. I'm currently interrupting your regularly scheduled programming to show you Daughter Hawthorne's lunch she thoughtfully phoned in on her way home from the beach. And yes, I've been well-trained. It was waiting for her when she walked in the door. I have pesto on the top left. Two pieces of toasted cheddar/jalapeno bread, one with melted Mozzarella cheese. Curly endive left over from the Italian Wedding Soup I made the other day. Roma tomato. First, I spread the pesto over the toast. And added the chicken from Friday night dinner, along with some sliced Roma tomatoes, and freshly ground salt and pepper. Curly endive crowned the tomatoes and the toast with the melted cheese was the icing on this sandwich. Dang. What number do I call to have a specially-prepared meal ready for me when I get home? Oh, and get this. Middle Hawthorne called home about this time to tell us his AC was busted at his Greensboro abode, on perhaps the hottest day of the year so far. But here's the kicker: Mr. Hawthorne answered the phone. First thing Middle H. says to his Daddy is "What are you doing?" That's the norm now for "Hello. How are you?" And Mr. Hawthorne has the absolute GALL to reply, "I'm fixing spaghetti right now." EXCUSE ME, Mr. Hawthorne, but you've been SITTING ON YOUR ASS since you got home. On the SOFA. Watching TV. I don't recall ANYONE in the kitchen FIXING SPAGHETTI except ME. Idiot. /End rant./ Back to your regularly scheduled programming.
I rolled out the galette dough until I got a round about 11 inches diameter.
And here's where some of that $68+ went to at Harris Teeter. Beautiful strawberries, blueberries. raspberries, and blackberries.
I placed the fruit in the middle of the galette dough, leaving a 2-3 inch border and sprinkled a few tablespoons of sugar over top.
Next, I drizzled a few tablespoons of honey over top.
And added a few pats of butter.
I pulled up the edges, forming drapes in the dough.
Next, I brushed water over the pastry dough ...
... sprinkled with a few tablespoons of sugar ...
... and baked in a 400 degree oven for about 40 minutes.
This was really lovely.
Everybody got some.
Even me!
Here's what I got last time I made this. At least I got more/some this time.


Marilyn said...

hee, hee, hee.

Hairball T. Hairball said...

That berry galette looks yummy!

Anonymous said...

galette good. galette tasty. me want more galette. rosie make more.

Buckykatt said...

Nice picture of Giada! Loved the rest of the post as well, of course. I'm using your blog as a model for my own new one, hope that you don't mind. Still learning as I go. Thanks again Rosie!

Mr. P said...

Loved the Giada picture. The galette (sp) looks good. Maybe I can ask my wife to make this. Thanks Rosie!!