Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Summer Fruit Galette

This week's selection was chosen by Michelle of Michelle in Colorado Springs.

I think that this week I lost my baking mojo. Some days when you get in the kitchen things just don't go the way you hoped. I was happy to make the galette, it sounded delicious. I let my husband pick the fruit since it was his birthday, he chose peaches. I love peaches too, no problem. I got home, made the crust, but before I put it in the refrigerator to chill I thought about how difficult it had been to roll out the blueberry pie crust. So I though "oh I'll roll it out before I put it in the refrigerator" this was probably when the problems began. The crust really needed to rest and cool and instead I tried to roll it out between parchment paper. It stuck to the parchment paper. Once I realized this was not going well I managed to scrape it off of the paper, roll it back into a ball and refrigerate it.

Then I decided to prepare the peaches, Dorie gives instructions for blanching them so I followed the directions. However, only one peach successfully had all of its skin come off. I thought maybe the others needed to boil a few more seconds. Wrong. I boiled them a little too long and ended up with cooked peaches instead of blanched ones. At this point I said a variety of unprintable words and just went with it and sliced up the peaches and called it a day.

The custard part came together with no problem (thankfully). I used raspberry jam and plain breadcrumbs instead of the graham cracker crumbs. I did have a few problems folding the edges around the filling because the dough was still sticking to the parchment paper even after cooling.
After it baked about 20 minutes I added about 1/4 c. of the custard and baked it for another 15 minutes. I had a little custard leftover so I poured that into a little ramekin and baked it along with the galette.

In the end it came out okay, it was not the most attractive thing I've ever baked but it still tasted good. The custard in the ramekin was really good and probably terrible health-wise since it was really just butter, egg and sugar. My husband and I ate it afterwards and it reminded me a lot of Chess Pie, the kind my great-grandmother used to make.

All in all the galette was a nice recipe, I was just not having a great baking day. I'll try it again later, maybe this time with apricots or nectarines.

Next week will be the Black and White Banana Loaf chosen by Ashlee of A Year in the Kitchen.

11 comments:

Andrea said...

Sorry you lost your baking mojo for the day, what a great way to put it! I think your peach galette looks wonderful :) Happy Birthday to your husband!

Susie Homemaker said...

Yep, it's not very photogenic, a galette. But yours looks really good! Hang in there!

bakingwiththeboys said...

Bummer about your day but it happens to everyone. I made the ugliest most ridiculous layer cake the day before the galette. I do think this one is worth another try.

Engineer Baker said...

Good luck on getting your mojo back - I know how much it sucks when it takes a hiatus!

Christine said...

We all lose the baking mojo. Thanks for posting, your galette still looks good!

Prudy said...

It's easy to get burn out at the pace we are baking. It looks great but I can relate to the off day.

Jules Someone said...

Pretty is overrated. Delicious is what matters. I love how flexible and forgiving this recipe is.

The DeLadurantey Sisters said...

Raspberry peach ummm!

Pamela said...

Hang in there! You'll get your MOJO back in no time. I think you did a fine job. :o)

Rigby said...

Sounds like you had quite an experience with the galette this week! Glad it came together in the end :)

Barbara said...

Glad it tasted good, and after all, galettes are supposed to look rustic!

You're right, the "custard" is more like a Southern "transparent pie" filling, including Chess Pie. I love Chess Pie -- must be the South Carolina heritage from my Dad's side of the family. Do you have your great-grandma's recipe? I'd love to hear about it some day.