Peach Galette

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Have you seen the peaches in the market? They’re beautiful this season. As we skid into the official end of summer I’m happy we can still find them. One of my favorite summer desserts is a rustic tart, or galette, because it’s just so easy to put together.

As I have an almost unreasonable love of homemade crusts, I make several batches of dough in advance, and just wrap them in plastic wrap and keep them in the freezer until needed.

This is a simple peach galette, with fresh yellow peaches tossed with a little sugar, flour, and vanilla. You can play around with it a bit. Before laying down the peaches I dotted the bottom of the crust with a little almond paste.

You could add blueberries, or toss in a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg. Sprinkle with lemon juice if the peaches are too sweet.

Speaking of sweetness, it’s best to use yellow peaches for this baked dessert. The flavor of sweet white peaches is delicate and doesn’t hold up well to cooking.

Peach Galette Recipe

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  • Prep time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 8 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup, 1 stick, 8 Tbsp) butter, cut into small (1/2-inch) cubes, chilled in freezer at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour
  • 4 to 6 Tbsp ice water

Filling:

  • 2 large, not-overly-ripe yellow peaches (about 3/4 pound total), pitted, sliced into 1/4-inch to 1/2-inch slices
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp almond paste (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 egg
  • A sprinkling of coarse sugar (optional)

Method

1 Make the crust dough: In a food processor, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt, until well mixed. Add the cubed butter, and pulse 8 times. The butter should still be the size of peas in the mixture.

Slowly add the ice water, a tablespoon or two at a time, pulsing after each addition, until the dough just begins to clump.

Turn out onto a clean surface. Use your clean hands to form into a disc. Do not over-knead. Work the dough only enough to bring it barely together into a disk.

Sprinkle with a little flour on all sides, wrap with plastic, and place into the refrigerator to chill for an hour. (See our pate brisee recipe for more detailed instruction if you are new to making crusts.)

2 Toss peaches with flour, sugar, vanilla: Preheat the oven with the rack in the middle position to 425°F (220°C). Place the peach slices in a bowl and sprinkle with the flour and sugar. Toss gently to coat. Sprinkle vanilla extract over the peaches.

3 Whisk egg: In a small bowl, whisk the egg until smooth and set aside.

4 Roll out dough: On a lightly floured, clean, smooth surface, roll out the dough to about a 12-inch diameter. Gently lift up the rolled out dough and place it on a rimmed baking sheet.

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5 Dot with almond paste if using, arrange peach slices on dough round: If you are using almond paste (not necessary, but a nice addition if you have it), dot the middle 6-inch circle of the dough with the almond paste. (If you can spread it, great. Otherwise, just dot with little bits.)

Arrange the peach slices in an overlapping pattern in a single layer in the center of the dough, forming about a 7 or 8-inch circle. Dot with a little butter.

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6 Fold dough edges over, brush with beaten egg: Fold the outer edges of the dough round over the filling, by about 2-inches all the way around, in an accordion fashion.

Use a pastry brush to coat the exposed dough with an egg wash (you can cook up the leftover egg as a little scrambled egg, by the way), and sprinkle with coarse sugar if using.

7 Bake: Place in the oven and bake at 425°F (220°C) for about 15-20 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet, over a rack, about 15 minutes.

Great served with a little vanilla ice cream.

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  • Shirl

    Hi Elise! I made this a few times now. Thanks so much for sharing your family recipes. Couple times I used the crust recipe from your plum galette. Last night I used the original crust recipe. Both are fantastic! My husband and I love it so does our friends. My question is can I bake it and freeze it? And then reheated? If so, how? My husband keeps asking :) Thanks again!

  • Dawn

    I just made this wonderful galette with some beautiful peaches, plus a scattering of raspberries and blueberries. As I am in France at the moment, and didn’t have access to almond paste, I put a thin layer of frangipane (kind of marzipan cream) onto the pastry, layering the fruit on top. Oh my! It was really wonderful. Our French friends were very impressed, so thank you, Elise!

  • FatCatAnna

    Simply delicious. I used nectarines instead – and with cost of butter where I live in Canada – used organic coconut oil. I think I should open up a pastry shop now ;) Oh and even better – as a Type 1 diabetic – e.g. an insulin whore – the amount of sugar / carbs in this recipe did not make my blood sugars (BG’s) go whacky!! Merci beaucoup!!!

  • Shirley Tammick

    I made this with nectarines with a few blueberries sprinkled on top. It was delicious! The crust is wonderful, flaky and cooked through and through. I wish I could post my photo. I made the crust using a fork.

  • Erin Bogarte

    I have been practicing this recipe all summer. It’s just wonderful, and the best recipe I’ve found. I’ve also tried it with pears and it was pretty good, too, but peaches are the best.

    Here are some extra tips that I thought I’d pass along – things I wish I’d known.

    1. Slice the peaches thinly. It’s too hard to make into a spiral, otherwise.
    2. Make sure the peaches aren’t very ripe. Otherwise, the juices make the crust soggy.
    3. Pierce the crust a few times with a fork before baking.
    4. Bake directly on a pizza stone.

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