Baking with Julia – Berry & Pear Galettes


This recipe snuck up on me again – I had no idea I was running late with it until my friend Susan stopped into the store yesterday and asked me if I had made my galette yet. I was like “Whucka whaaa? I thought it was next week!” A quick check of the TWD site proved me wrong and now here we are. There were absolutely no raspberries or strawberries at the store so I went with a summery fruit (blueberries & blackberries) and kind of a wintery one (red pears). I whipped up the crust last night and was a bit skeptical. It seemed very dry. I mixed it up by hand because I don’t have a big girl food processor and I just didn’t know about it but again, I just have to learn to trust Dorie/Julia. They kinda know what they’re talking about, huh?

The directions said that the honey was optional but I don’t consider it an option. When the recipe says honey, I use the honey. Why wouldn’t you, really? I may have also used a little extra sugar….

I thought this dough was actually pretty dreamy to work with but (and I never thought I would say this ever) possibly a teensy smidge too gritty when it came to eating it. Normally I really like things gritty, but if I were going to make this again, which I most probably will, I will use a finer ground cornmeal I think. I wanted to just use up the dough because as I’ve mentioned before, I’m not the greatest at halving so I made a pretty little red pear galette to go with the summery berry one.

Yum! I LOVE me some red pears! I actually liked this one better than the blackberry/blueberry one but they’re both really pretty!

If you want to make a few of these for yourself visit Lisa at Tomato Thymes or Andrea The Kitchen Lioness for the recipe!

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21 thoughts on “Baking with Julia – Berry & Pear Galettes

  1. They both look lovely and I really like the way you arranged the pear slices – it gives a hint of formal tart to the rustic galette.

  2. Your galettes look lovely. I too used blueberries and blackberries. I added a couple of strawberries, too. It’s funny. I used semolina flour and thought that next time, I’d use a coarser cornmeal. I thought the dough was too sticky and could of used a little more heft.

  3. Your galettes look so pretty! This one kind of crept up on me too. Just as well it was quick to make! Love how you made a galette for Summer and Winter. :-)

  4. Great looking galettes. I used Italian polenta and really liked the texture of the crust. No gritty taste. Give it a try.

  5. Maggie, beautiful job and perfect presentation – I love that you used red pears and they certainly look very pretty the way you arranged them!

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