It's berry season and I am celebrating with this berry galette! What is a berry galette, you ask? A galette is basically a pie. Instead of baking it in a pie dish, you sort of just haphazardly fold it up around the filling. Well... not haphazardly, but it's essentially a free-form pie so it doesn't have to be pretty! It has a flaky, buttery pie crust and a sweet and simple berry filling. You guys are going to love it!
Spring has SPRUNG, you guys, and I for one am here for it. Spring means soooooo many delicious desserts! Think all things berries - pies, crumbles, cobblers, muffins, galettes - the options are limitless.
What's also great about berry recipes is you can really use any of your favorite berries. For this galette, I use a combination of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, but you can simply leave one out if you don't like them!
This berry galette is made from a flaky pie dough using my Best Ever Pie Crust recipe. It has a flaky, buttery crust that holds in a delectable and refreshing berry filling.
What is the difference between a galette and a pie?
This is a great question! A pie and a galette have very similar qualities. Both are DELICIOUS. They are both made with a flaky pie dough and have some sort of filling. They are both baked in the oven. The key differences are the following:
- A galette is a free-form pie, meaning that it is not baked in a pie dish. It is baked on a baking sheet and the pie crust is simply folded up around the filling.
- While a pie can hold all sorts of fillings - chocolate filling, key lime pie filling, fruit, etc., galettes normally hold a berry filling OR a savory type of filling (like broccoli and cheese, as an example).
- A pie is normally piled sky high with filling. Galettes are not. If there is too much filling in the galette, it will pour out the sides and the crust will become soggy, mushy and shapeless.
Ingredients for a berry galette
If you need to run to the grocery store, here is your shopping list:
- Ingredients for my Best Ever Pie Crust recipe
- Your favorite berries - blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.!
- Granulated sugar
- Balsamic vinegar/lemon juice
- Make the pie dough and chill it for at least two hours.
- When the dough has only 10 minutes left to chill, make the berry filling. This recipe can be made with any of your favorite berries!
- Roll out the dough into a 12x12 inch circle and add the filling. Fold the edges up around the filling and brush with an egg wash.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Let cool to room temperature, or enjoy slightly warm (with ice cream, of course)!
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- 1 ½ cups (230 grams) berries of choice frozen or fresh work! I used a mix of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries!
- ¼ cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar OR lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- Prepare the pie crust through step 4 of the linked pie crust recipe.
Prepare the filling
- When the dough has only 10 minutes left to chill, prepare the filling. In a medium-sized bowl, toss together the berries, granulated sugar, balsamic vinegar OR lemon juice and cornstarch. Set aside.
Roll out the dough
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and let it heat up while you roll out the dough. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- The pie dough recipe makes two discs of dough but we only need one. You can cover and freeze the other for up to three months! Or make two galettes because why not?
- Lightly flour your workspace. Using a rolling pin, gently roll out the dough, beginning in the center and rolling out in every direction, turning the dough as you go. Roll it into a 12x12 inch circle. Transfer the dough to the prepared baking sheet.
Add the filling
- Spoon the berry filling into the center of the rolled out dough, then fold up the sides of the dough so that they are partially covering the berries, overlapping the dough where necessary. It does not need to be pretty (that's the beauty of a galette!).
- Lightly whisk an egg, then use a pastry brush to coat the dough in egg wash. Bake the galette for 40-45 minutes, until the berry juices are bubbling and the crust is golden brown.
- Let cool on the baking sheet to room temperature, or enjoy slightly warm! Top with ice cream, whipped cream, extra berries and enjoy!
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