It’s quite possible I’m becoming a pie person. !!!!!!!
THIS IS HUGE.
I mean I know this isn’t legit pie. It’s not a real PIE pie. But it’s made with, like, pie crust. That’s the worst part of pie! Sometimes.
So part of me didn’t even want to eat it. I didn’t want to share. I wanted to frame it in a shadow box and somehow preserve this and be all “um omg I made this one time” and tell stories about it because I have no life. And just because I’m not sure if it could happen again and again.
I’m still in “give me all the fruit” mode. Loving it all and wanting it all. I seem to be in a phase of making a fruit dessert one week – and a ridiculous trashy chocolate one the next. It’s just happening. And I don’t even want dessert much these days. Depression.
Pretty sure that this whole pie making this is some odd version of nesting for me. I haven’t really been able to nest in a real way since we are moving, so pie crust and baking it is. At least the people around me are thrilled.
Galettes and/or crostadas are my thing – they don’t require the patience that an actual pie crust does – they don’t require making pretty edges or blind baking or any of that pie speak that makes my head spin. Basically it’s the lazy man’s pie.
Please be a lazy man with me.
Ginger Peach Galette with Almond Crust
YIELD: SERVES ABOUT 4
TOTAL TIME: 2 HOURS
crust (this makes enough for two large galettes)
4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon sugar
3 teaspoons salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 cup ice cold water
1 1/2 cups cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces (3 sticks or 24 tablespoons)
1/3 cup sliced almonds + extra sugar for sprinkling
for brushing: 1 egg + a few drops of water, beaten together
4 large peaches, sliced into 1/4 inch slices
2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
fresh mint for garnish
Add the flour, sugar and salt to a food processor and pulse just until combined. In a small bowl, whisk mix together the egg, vinegar and water. Add the cold butter pieces into the food processor and pulse until small coarse crumbs remain. Sprinkle the water/egg mixture over the flour and pulse again until the dough comes together.
Remove the dough with your hands and wrap it in plastic wrap. This dough makes enough for 2 galette crusts, so you can either separate it into 2 sections now, or separate it after it’s refrigerated. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Add the sliced peaches to a bowl. Stir in the grated ginger, distributing it as much as you can. Sprinkle the peaches with cornstarch, sugar, ground ginger and salt. Toss the peaches well and let them sit for 10 minutes.
Remove one of the crusts from the fridge. (The other is good for another week or so, or it can be frozen.) Roll one of the pie crusts into a… “rustic” shape – no shape necessary really – until it is about 1/4 inch thick. Place the dough on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Layer the peaches in the center leaving a 2-inch+ border of crust. Once the peaches are layered, fold the crust over top of the peaches. Brush the crust with the beaten egg wash. Take the sliced almonds and press them into the crust. Sprinkle any of the exposed crust and almonds with sugar. Bake the galette until the crust and almonds are golden, about 40 to 45 minutes. Before serving, sprinkle with fresh mint leaves.