so what's a galette? it's basically a free form open-faced pie, closed up by folded plaits. it is wonderful for days when you're feeling lazy or as an alternative for those who are "pie-challenged" and want something uncomplicated. the following dough is slightly crunchy from the small amount of cornmeal and extremely tender. either finely ground or medium grind cornmeal works nicely. the pastry can be made traditionally by hand or quickly thrown together in a food processor. everything must be cold for success though, so plan accordingly.
the recipe yields 2 rounds of dough for 2 "smallish" galettes (each galette feeding 2 - 4 people) or one large one. the dough is great for freezing and can be defrosted and used in no time at all when you want a "homemade" type dessert for everyday or entertaining.
recipe is from one of my favourite bakers, flo braker.
cornmeal galette pastry
the use of cornmeal in this dough makes it a little different from the standard recipe and gives the final baked pastry a nice texture and colour. filled with fresh fruit and quickly baked, it makes a delicious ending to a dinner.
makes 2 pastry rounds
1 c all purpose flour
1/4 c cornmeal (fine or medium)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
7 tbsp cold butter, cubed
1/3 c ice cold water
3 tbsp sour cream or yogurt
add the sour cream or yogurt to the ice water, stir together well and then place in the freezer.
in a food processor, or bowl, add the dry ingredients and blend them together well.
add the butter.
if using a processor, give it a few pulses to incorporate the butter. it should be chunky and will be further processed when adding the wet ingredients.
if making by hand, cut in the butter with a pastry cutter or two knives.
add the wet mixture SLOWLY to the dry. if using processor, pulse while adding the wet mixture or use a fork if making by hand. do not add it all.
you will have some of the wet mixture left over so don't worry that it doesn't all get used.
add enough until it makes a soft ball and is held together. it may be slightly sticky.
do not knead it. divide in two halves or keep as one single.
place each half on wax paper and flatten it to a round disc.
fold the wax paper over it to completely enclose the pastries. place them in the freezer for an hour if using right away to quick chill them or keep in the fridge for a minimum of two hours or longer. they can be frozen and used later.
remove from freezer or fridge. i place the disc directly on well floured parchment paper that i will be baking on.
roll out the dough, turning as necessary and re-flouring, until it is about 1/8" inch thick and fairly round. it does not have to be perfectly round. it is a galette and is free-form.
tip: if the edges are too thin (1/16" for example) you can fold them over a little onto the dough; this will be pleated and hidden later. as long as it is fairly even, it is fine.
place your filling in the center, leaving at least 2.5 to 3 inches, all around.
fold up and bake at 400 F for 35 to 40 minutes. see this post for an example of how to use this pastry.