NellieBellie: Fancy or lazy? Making berry galettes

Some thing they're fancier than traditional pies, but NellieBellie thinks galettes are easier and taste just as goo. (Photo courtesy of Nellie Bellie)

Some thing they’re fancier than traditional pies, but NellieBellie thinks galettes are easier and taste just as goo. (Photo courtesy of Nellie Bellie)

Have you heard of a galette? I hadn’t until a few years ago.

They changed my life.

Okay, so that is perhaps a bit dramatic. But if you have never heard of them, pay attention. You’ll be kissing my feet very shortly! Galettes are tarts or pastry goodness in freeform mode.

Galettes are super gourmet and awesome. Or, in Nellie honest terms, galette is simply a pie … without a pie pan. As in, you put a pie crust on the counter, plop it full of pie goodness, wrap the crust around the goodness to form a bowl of sorts, and bake. Hallelujah! *insert angel chorus*

Now of course, not all pies will work. Your runny fillings would be slightly … messy. But, for many, many pies, this is the most brilliant thing ever! And you know what makes me giggle? Every time I make these my family thinks they are MORE fancy than traditional pies.

But I agree, they do look sweet. And rustic. I call myself a rustic baker when I make these. That’s simply code for lazy. But rustic baking is the trend right now. Thank goodness.

So, make your family a galette. You will be so pleased. And you can join the rustic baking movement. And simplify your baking.

Ingredients:

• 3 cups summer berries cut into bite-sized chunks

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 2 pie crusts (I use the pre-made Pillsbury)

• Milk, beaten eggs or apple juice for the top of the crust

Directions

1. After rinsing berries, mix sugar with berries and let sit while you work on crusts. (For 1 galette you can skip the next step and move on.)

2. Roll out your pie crust, use a bowl to trace and cut smaller circles.

3. Place a large spoonful of berries into each crust (this is a guess as to how much … you just need to be able to fold over the sides adequately).

4. Fold up the sides and pinch the crust into pleats.

5. Brush with your choice of milk, eggs or apple juice and sprinkle with sugar.

6. Bake according to your crust’s instructions (mine was about 25 minutes).

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