This weeks recipe was "Summer Fruit Galette" and was chosen by Michelle of Michelle in Colorado Springs. If you would like to see the full recipe, visit her site as it will be available there.
When I saw the recipe for this week, I though "what on earth is a galette"? So far with TWD I've made cobblers, pies and scones....all things familiar to me. Even the puff pastry (which I had never attempted) was something I had eaten before. But the word galette was mystifying. This week proved to be opportunity for personal culinary growth. You can't get much better then that.
Here is what Wikipedia had to say "Galette is a general term used in French to designate different types of round and flat crusty cakes."
After reading through the directions a few times and referring to another recipe in the book, I realized that essentially a galette is a pie with no pie plate, and the crust end folded up over the filling. Ah! It was equally exciting to realize that I got to use that fabulous pie crust recipe again!!!
One important lesson I learned through galette making is when using plums, spend a little more time selecting ripe participants to play in the pastry. Evidently some of the fruit was a little on the tart side....
As usual, I decided to make mini versions of the recipe. I cut the dough recipe in half, and rolled it out on my counter. Using a berry bowl, I made 4 circles in the dough and went from there. I was really worried because the dough looked a little thin (like perhaps I should have only made 3 mini-galettes), but when baked, everything held together really well! I didn't use very much of the custard filling at all...makes me wonder if next time I shouldn't cut the plums into small pieces...
These were delicious! I've never baked with plums before!