Bonjour! When we were in Paris we ate some delicious and healthful foods. One of the things I immediately noticed was the difference between French desserts and those generally served in the US. Pastries in France are made from scratch with real ingredients, like butter and cream, not substitutes made in a laboratory. (I am talking about you margarine and …dare I even say it…Crisco and Kool Whip gah!) So what I am saying is this, the French make desserts the way I make desserts, so they get my stamp of approval. I am sure they are very relieved.
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One of the desserts we just couldn’t get enough of while in Paris was the galette. A galette is simply a flat pastry, sort of like a pie but involves a little less work. When we returned home from Paris I was excited to master the galette, but honestly there is nothing to master, they are quite easy to make! Galettes are not just for dessert either. Many galettes are savory and filled with tomatoes, vegetables and cheeses and served as a meal. That will be next… for now I am sticking with a dessert galette, and because blackberries peak in the late summer and early fall I decided it was an appropriate time to make a Blackberry Walnut Galette!
I serve mine warm with ‘sour’ whipped cream. ‘Sour’ whipped cream is whipped cream with a hint of Crème Fraiche that gives it a bit tang. But you could also serve this scrumptious dessert with my homemade no cook ice cream.
Let’s Talk Crust:
I am going to give you an out here…YOU CAN USE PRE-MADE PIE CRUST! I won’t judge you (much) That said I have to rave about this crust from scratch. This crust is made with walnuts, butter, flour, a little sugar and cinnamon, all mixed in a food processor and then chilled in the fridge. I use Abeego wrap (affiliate link) as part of my quest to use less plastic.
When dough is chilled, roll it out, fill with berries, fold edges and bake. Tip! This dough is really delicate, using a silicone baking pad (affiliate link) is highly recommended. Transferring from counter to parchment covered cookie sheet was a challenge. In hindsight rolling on a silicone baking mat and placing the mat on the cookie in one fell swoop would have been a lot easier!
Et voila! The Galette…vive la France!
Serve warm or make a day ahead and serve room temp. Either way you will have a have a very happy mouth!
The Recipe: Blackberry Walnut Galette with “Sour” Whipped Cream
Tips and what you will need: (Affiliate links) As I recommended above, using a silicone baking pad makes the dough transfer a lot smoother, but you can also stick with parchment on a cookie sheet, if dough falls apart (and it may) just press back together. You will need a rolling pin and food processor. I recommend Cuisinart. Gluten free option: use you favorite gluten free flour, mine is Namaste. The gluten free version doesn’t quite get as crispy but it’s still nice.
A galette filled with blackberries and blueberries and topped with 'sour' whipped cream. In early summer sub blackberries with boysenberries. You can use a pre-made pie crust if desired. Dough can be made a day ahead or frozen for up to two weeks. When rolling and folding, if dough falls apart, don't panic. Just smush it back together. If you only have raw walnuts, bake nuts on metal cookie sheet at 350 for 10 minutes to roast.
The Recipe: ‘Sour’ Whipped Cream
Tips and what you will need: if beating cream by hand you will need a whisk, if not, use hand mixer. I use vanilla paste (as always) instead of extract. Extract may be used but trust me, once you go paste you never go back! I always buy the quart.
If beating cream by hand you will need a whisk, if not, use hand mixer. I use vanilla paste (as always) instead of extract. Extract may be used but trust me, once you go paste you never go back! I always buy the quart.
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/3 cup Crème Fraiche or sour cream
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- ½ Tablespoon vanilla paste
Add all ingredients to a bowl and use a whisk or hand mixer to whip till desired consistency. Top berries with cream.
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Post tags: Gluten free option, pie, holiday dessert