The galette may look and sound like a fancy dish, but with its free-form shape, it’s really very easy! For this particular dessert, the cherries bring a brilliant tartness which is softened with a bit of sugar within the filling and in the crust. Serve this cherry galette as a sweet treat, or even as a breakfast dish.

Make this recipe work for you: use the crust recipe to swap out the filling for another sweet ingredient, or something savory!

Prep Time: 25 minutes  Cook Time: 40 minutes  Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • Crust:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, cut up
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • Cherry Filling:
  • 2 cups tart cherries (frozen or 2 cans)
  • 3⁄4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ tbsp. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 egg white, beaten

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Blend in the butter until the mixture resembles corn meal. Slowly add the cold water and mix with a fork. Form dough in a disk shape and wrap in plastic wrap; refrigerate.

2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, mix all the filling ingredients together. On a floured surface, roll out the cold dough into a circle ⅛" thick. Place dough circle on a cookie sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Pour filling in the middle of the circle, leaving a 2-inch border of pastry dough around edges. You may have filling left over. Don’t put too much filling on dough! Fold pastry edges up over the fruit and pleat the dough to cover the outside edges of the fruit. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of dough lightly with egg white. If desired, you can sprinkle crust with sugar. Place pan in preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until pastry is golden. Let cool 20 minutes or more and cut into wedges. It is also very good served at room temperature.

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