Peach Galette

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

  • 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 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 In a small bowl, whisk the egg until smooth and set aside.

4 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 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 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 Place in the oven and cook 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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57 Comments

  1. Karen

    Mmmm. Looks delicious. I can’t wait to try this one.

  2. Michele

    And just when I think you can’t top what you’ve already posted. How can I keep making peach cobbler when you post something like this? Making this in honor of the Romare Bearden exhibits going on here in Charlotte celebrating his 100th birthday – he loved local peaches.

    xoxo michele

  3. doodles

    Oh I am definitely making this jewel to celebrate the end of summer BBQ next weekend. Thank you…………cause I was gonna make a rustic apple.

  4. Megan

    I’ve tried to make galettes on several occasions and the bottom of the dough never seems to cook all the way through — there’s always a raw-dough middle. How do you keep this from happening?

    Perhaps you need to roll it out more thinly? If it’s still an issue you can preheat the rimmed baking sheet with the oven, and then use a large metal spatula to help place the tart on the pan. The already hot baking sheet will help the bottom crust cook. ~Elise

  5. merd

    :drool:

    I’m absolutely going to make this. In Colorado, we get spoiled with the western slopes’ Palisade peach harvest which yields some of the largest, fuzziest, sweetest, and juiciest peaches I’ve ever had. Georgia peaches have met their match. The season is short and several waves of different varieties come through quickly before it’s gone. This year, I made sure to overindulge at the farmer’s market.

    I’ve been whipping together coarsely chopped hunks of three (soft grapefruit sized) peaches, a fresh squeezed lemon and sugar into a pot, bringing to a boil for a bubbling and then directly into a 9×9 glass pyrex. Over the top, I drizzle and drop a quick 1:1 ratio of flour and sugar (say 1/2 cup each), mixed with a bit of baking powder, dash of salt, nutmeg and cinnamon, a couple pats of butter (melted and probably unnecessary but i love butter) and just enough whole milk to make a thick muffin-like consistency batter. Not sure if this is a recipe full of no-no’s technically speaking for people that actually know how to bake, but I do know that after 375 for 40 minutes and you’re about fifteen more minutes away from a nap. If there’s whipped cream on hand – good night!

    I really like the idea of a crusty pie or tart-like creation. Certainly much more sophisticated than my knuckle dragging kitchen-camp cuisine :) I’m about to go look up “almond paste”. Don’t think I’ve ever seen it before and pretty sure it’s different than almond “butter”. Great recipe as always, Elise.

  6. Kirsten

    Yes, our Colorado peaches from Palisade are very juicy and sweet. My kids eat them way to quickly. None left to bake with.
    I would love to bake a Galette with those peaches, since I love the thin crust.

  7. angela

    Looks simply delicious! And there are lots of peaches in the market at the moment….

  8. Linda

    Excellent! Your recipe uses less sugar than the one I use plus I have always used peach preserves to glaze it. I like the egg white just as well. Thanks for posting another great recipe.

  9. Katrina

    This is one beautiful creation! Yum!

  10. Liz @ Microwave Goddess

    Rustic and beautiful, can’t wait to make it!

  11. John

    Beautiful! I don’t have a food processor, and am sure your crust can be made without one. What would your method be if making the crust by hand?

    Cut the butter in to the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, two dinner knives, or smoosh the butter into the flour mixture with your fingers. When working without a food processor I prefer the smooshing butter with fingers method. ~Elise

  12. d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo

    Galettes are my favorite thing to make! I’m all about making something “rustic” instead of perfect. Although I’ve never actually made a sweet galette, I’ve made a few savory ones. My boyfriend would love all the peaches!

  13. Madi @ Sit Down and Eat Your Peas!

    What a beautiful and elegantly simple tart! I’ve never heard of a galette and I prefer the look to a typical tart-this looks like a present that just BEGS to be eaten ;) Thanks for sharing (as usual)!

  14. Barbara

    Can I make this with puff pastry?

    Not really. If you folded over the puff pastry I think it would puff up way too much. But if you try it, please let us know how it turns out for you. ~Elise

  15. virtuallyhomemade.blogspot.com

    I love these simple dessert recipes that rely on good ingredients and a little love. Peaches and nectarines have been beautiful this year. It’s been hard to not use them in all my posts! To make this dessert a few steps easier, you could use purchased puff pastry for the crust portion.

  16. Star

    This looks delish. I got some lovely Colorado peaches at the store and will be making a peaches and cream pie. Peach season in Colorado is the best time of year and I’m always looking for new ways to use them during the season.

  17. The Starving Student

    Looks delicious! I am more of an apple person so I think I would substitute them for the peaches, maybe add some raspberries or blueberries. Galettes are such a great base for whatever fruits are in season!

  18. Gail

    Oh yum! Do you deliver :) I’m just a little down the highway, in Sonoma.

  19. Gin

    looks sooooooo yummy!

  20. DJ

    Looks delich! A question for any that have made this, have any of you peeled the peaches? I was wondering if the consistency is better that way…

  21. Isis

    I was so inspired by this post, that I went and made a raspberry-nectarine galette with a small piecrust I had from a batch of quiche I made a couple weeks ago. Thank you for the inspiration!

  22. S.

    Thank you so much for this recipe! :-) I made this tonight, and I’ve never made a galette before, but it was very easy. Especially because the dough is mixed in a food processor. I ended up using frozen blueberries because I didn’t have any peaches on hand, although I love them and it tasted so amazing! It’s just the right size too. I almost prefer this to a whole pie if just two people are going to eat it. It’s pretty large for one person (or maybe my portions are small), Anyway, LOVE IT!

  23. Mandi

    Reminds me of something my aunt used to make. I can see this being good with apple too!

  24. Terri @ that's some good cookin'

    Have mercy, Elise! Good heavens, I can actually taste the pictures. It is absolutely beautiful.

  25. star

    this looks delish. I’m making a peaches and cream pie this weekend with some beautiful Colorado peaches.

  26. Crazy Radishes

    That is one delicious-looking pie, great photo! I like the idea of putting almond paste in the bottom, will give it a go.

  27. LauraJane

    Yummmy! Those look absolutely fantastic. What a great way to use up some peaches- love how rustic these look. So great.

  28. MP

    Thanks for the inspiration.
    I had just bought a bag of apples so I went that direction, but it was still a hit.

  29. Lisa R

    This was wonderful! I made it yesterday for my family coming into Denver for a visit, and everyone loved it! My mom (who is a pie-connoisseur) asked to steal the crust recipe :) – thanks Elise!

  30. Mary

    This is really beautiful, love the galette – so much nicer than a regular pie!
    Mary

  31. happyzhangbo

    This looks so pretty!! I made a few peach tart and galette this year. Just like what you said, the peaches have been so beautiful and hard to resist them. I just bought another baket the other day. If I will make any dessert with them, this recipe will be the one! And I sometimes add some ground almond into the flour, which really gives a nice nutty flavor. Thanks for the beautiful recipe and picture :)

  32. Nick

    I showed your recipe to my wife the other day and she finally got around to making it today. It came out just like your picture. The only differences we made were sprinkling it with Cinnamon Sugar and peeling the peaches. We enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the recipe!

  33. jenjenk

    I’ve got a sweets craving like crazy and you have this beautiful post of the peach galette that is quick and easy to do?? My diet really hates me right now for my weakness but this is just too awesome to pass up! :(

  34. Reem | Simply Reem

    This looks lovely!!!!
    I find galette really an easy and delicious dessert and the peaches sounds wonderful for filling.
    Yummmm

  35. Erik

    For a dinner party, think you could assemble this a couple hours ahead of time (like before guests arrive), hold it in the refrigerator during dinner, and then pop it in the oven? Or would you perhaps bake it before guests arrive, and then reheat a bit before serving? Thanks for any thoughts on that…

    I would make it ahead and serve it at room temp or just slightly warm from being reheated. ~Elise

  36. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray

    Looks gorgeous and delicious. I love peach pie and this just looks fabulous. Love that it is easy!

  37. Mary

    i made this for a girls-day with my mom and we enjoyed it so much. i will probably skip the almond paste next time – for my taste, it overpowered the peaches. the other alternatives you suggest sound great (blueberries, cinnamon, nutmeg…). it was fun to make, and so much more forgiving than pie in a pie plate! love the “rustic pie” feel of it! mom felt very special when served, said “it tastes like Christmas!” thanks again for another winner! i never go wrong with your recipes!! -mary

  38. Ann

    Day 1: read your post. Day 2: unexpectedly came upon a fruitstand selling Colorado peaches. Day 3: I’m making it right now! What luck! Have made several of your galettes; easy and country elegant. Love, Ann

  39. kelli

    i made this last night and it was very good, though i found the crust to be a tad too salty. next time i’ll cut back a bit. thanks for the yummy recipe!

  40. charlotte

    Oh my. I made this dessert last night for a small group of friends. There were looks of amazement (was it that I’m not known for baking?). This is so good, so simple, that I’m making it again tonight for my significant husband. Once again I’ll dot with bits of almond paste. Fabulous. Thanks to you.

  41. T Crossley

    You can also make the galettes and freeze them. When you are ready to eat them, bake the frozen galettes as if they were fresh, adding a few minutes to the baking time. I make up a bunch of peach and nectarine galettes every year and freeze them. There’s nothing like a fresh peach galette in the middle of winter.

  42. Kathy

    I, too, made this two days in a row because it was so good the first time. It is so easy to make and elegant looking. A great recipe to impress your dinner guests with.

  43. Jill

    Just made this last night – What a hit! The crust is close to croissant flakey – and the presentation looks spectacular. I made a few variations: Peeled the peaches, added a handful of blueberries but didn’t have any almond paste so I left that out. Adding this recipe to my frequent favorites. Thanks!

  44. Trish

    I made this the other day and here are my thoughts: First let me say that it was a hit to the people I served it to. And all these things below are probably novice pie maker mistakes. They do not reflect on the recipe

    1. The crust was really tasty but I should have made a bigger circle. 12 inches was a bit small and the crust was a bit thich. However, it was flaky with REALLY GOOD flavor

    2. Probably should have used more peach as well. I am good at eyeballing savory ingredients but need to get my confidence up in baking pie making.

    3. Loved the almond. Used only the amount in the recipe….I would have added more but am glad I didn’t. It was just right.

    Hope this helps other novices

    Hi Trish, you can easily add more peaches, just know that the word “galette” typically refers to a pastry that is thin, which is why we use the amount of peaches we do in this recipe. But call it a rustic tart or free form pie and anything goes. ~Elise

  45. Tamara

    Wow, what a wonderful looking recipe! And all the comments are great too…good ideas for additions/alternatives and great tips too! :)

  46. zipcarissa

    This looks delicious! The recipe is straightforward but the end result looks so fancy and elegant! This is definitely a recipe that I will have to try! This would be great for impressing dinner party guests and you could always substitute other fruits for the peaches making it a very versatile recipe for any occasion.

  47. Amy

    Delicious! I used my own crust recipe and slightly tweaked your filling to include almond flour and a pinch of ginger. Next time I might switch the ginger for cardamom. Yum!

  48. Jada

    I made this last week, and it was absolutely divine–so much so that I’m making two of them this evening for an Equinox party! By the way, since I’m making two, will that affect the baking time or temp? Thanks!

    Good question. It may take 5 minutes more or so. Just check to see how well the crust is browning. ~Elise

  49. janie

    I have made a fig galette & it turned out great! I hope to make your peach galette for a dinner party this weekend. I just have one question as I am a novice baker. When a recipe calls for butter does it mean ‘unsalted’ or ‘salted’ butter? Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes :)

    Always use unsalted butter unless a recipe calls for salted. In the case of this recipe if you don’t have unsalted butter, then do not add any salt to the dough. ~Elise

  50. Julie M.

    Tried this recipe recently and loved it. The crust is soooo good. Thank you for sharing.

  51. anne newman

    I saw your recipe on Pinterest. I have been making galettes for several months now and everyone loves them! They are consumed quickly, and I feel better about serving them as they are less fat, sugar, and calories than the pies or cobblers I used to make. BUT today, when I made a blackberry/peach galette, I realized that I had never moved it to a nice serving dish–that I had always just served it from the baking sheet. I would like to be able to take it, for example, to a church luncheon. So today, with help, I tried to move the galette onto a pretty plate. HELP! Is there a secet to doing this? I had to lift and move it via the parchment paper and then cut around the galette, leaving the parchment paper under it.
    Thanks!
    Anne

    The galette should be easy enough to lift up with a metal spatula and transfer to a plate. The bottom should be firm enough. ~Elise

  52. Farmgirl Susan

    It’s gorgeous Elise! Oh, the color and shine on that crust. I keep wanting to reach my fingers out and just break off a little piece. ;)

  53. 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.

  54. 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.

  55. george

    Great photos and great recipe as always ,definitely trying it!

  56. 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!!!

  57. 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!

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