Pluot Galette

By Katherine

Our fruit & veggie fairy, DiAnne, generously shared her CSA bounty with us again this week.  Included in the haul was a beautiful bunch of pluots. 


Although I love eating any kind of stone fruit simply out of hand, I decided I wanted to make a dessert with these beauties.  I also decided that I needed to face my fear of pastry crust.  After doing some searching online, I settled on a galette.  Because they are rustic and free-form, galettes seem less intimidating than pies and tarts. 

You begin by making a simple pastry crust.  Cut cold butter into flour, with a dusting of sugar and salt mixed in as well. 

Finally using my pastry blender! 

Finally using my pastry blender! 

Add ice water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together as a dough.  Knead it briefly and shape it into a disk.  Cover it with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. 


Then roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface until it stretches to about a 12-inch circle.  Don't worry if your edges are ragged or uneven!   Then back it goes into the fridge to chill for another 30 minutes before proceeding.


Sprinkle a mixture of ground almonds and sugar on the crust, then arrange the sliced pluots in a pinwheel shape on top, leaving a 1 to 2-inch border around the edge. Dust the fruit with sugar.  Next comes the part I was most nervous about, but it ended up being a cinch:  start folding the crust up over the fruit in sections, overlapping at regular intervals, pinching the crust together to make sure there are no holes for pluot juice to leak out. 


Brush the crust with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar, and bake at 400 degrees on a pizza stone for 45 to 50 minutes.  Now for the hard part:  let it rest for 20 minutes before digging in.  If you want to gild the lily, glaze the fruit with a little warmed jam before serving. 


Pluot Galette

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen


1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Ice water


2 tablespoons ground almonds (whole almonds whizzed in the food processor will do the trick)

1 tablespoon flour

5 tablespoons sugar

10 ounces galette dough, rolled into a 12-inch circle and chilled

5 medium pluots, sliced

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

1 generous tablespoon plum jam (optional)

Make the crust:  Mix the flours with the sugar and salt in a wide mixing bowl. Add the butter and cut with a pastry blender or two knives until it looks like coarse cornmeal.  Add four tablespoons ice water and stir with a spatula.  If it's not coming together as a dough, add more water a tablespoon at a time until it does.  Knead briefly with your hands, and shape it into a disk.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Take your chilled dough out of the fridge and let it sit for about 5 minutes before proceeding.  Place your disk of dough on a floured surface and roll it out into a 12-inch round. Transfer it to a parchment-lined baking sheet and chill again for at least 30 minutes. 

Make the filling and assemble galette:  Preheat the oven (and a pizza stone, if you have one) to 400. Stir together the ground almonds, flour, and one tablespoon sugar.  Spread this mixture over the crust, leaving a 1- to 2-inch border around the edge.  Then arrange the sliced pluots, skin side down, over the top of the almond mixture. Sprinkle the fruit with two tablespoons sugar.  

Beginning at 12 o'clock on the crust, fold the exposed crust up and over the fruit.  Rotate the crust clockwise and continue folding until the fruit is enclosed. Pinch the crust together where it overlaps to make sure the galette is sealed. 

Brush the crust with melted butter, and sprinkle the crust with the remaining two tablespoons sugar.   Bake the galette for 45-50 minutes, until the crust is golden brown. Allow to cool for 20 minutes on a rack before serving.  If desired, brush the fruit with warmed jam prior to serving. 


Brown Butter Peach Muffins

By Katherine

It was my turn again last week to bring in a treat for Friday Food Day, and I found myself once again turning to muffins.  Muffins are a great option because they are perfectly portable and, with the addition of fruit and some whole grains, they aren't totally sinful.  This is my favorite time of year for fruit - apricots, and cherries, and peaches, oh my! - so I wanted to incorporate some of the seasonal bounty.  These muffins were also a good excuse to use one of my favorite new ingredients:  barley flour. It's whole grain but still light and just a bit nutty - look for it at your supermarket and start adding a bit to your favorite recipes!



Brown Butter Peach Muffins

Adapted from Food Network 

4 Tbs. unsalted butter

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup barley flour

1 Tbs. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 large egg

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup sour cream

1 1/2 cups chopped, peeled peaches

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spray your muffin tins (I got 15 muffins out of this recipe).   Melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat.  When the butter foams, start whisking. Don't walk away from the stove at this point, as the butter can burn easily!  Whisk until you see lightly browned specks at the bottom of the pan and the butter begins to smell nutty. Remove the butter from the heat and set aside.  

In a large bowl, mix together the flours, baking powder, and salt. In another, smaller bowl, whisk the egg, then add the sugars and whisk until well-combined and thick.  Continue whisking, and add the milk and brown butter. Mix in the sour cream.  Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.  Add the chopped peaches and stir until just combined.  

Fill each muffin tin about 2/3 with batter.  Bake for 35 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.  Cool the muffins for 10 minutes in their tins, then turn them out onto a rack to cool completely.  For serving, I highly recommend gilding the lily with this cinnamon honey butter. 

Muffin + honey butter + our new patio table = not a bad way to start the weekend!

Muffin + honey butter + our new patio table = not a bad way to start the weekend!

Whole Wheat Apple Muffins

By Katherine

My co-workers and I have a little tradition we call Friday Food Day. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but we basically take turns bringing in a treat each Friday. Typically, it is a breakfast item, since we have to be at work earlier than usual on Fridays, and everyone needs a little push to get the day started. However, the bounds of "breakfast" have been stretched on occasion to include red velvet cupcakes and cookies. I'm not one to turn down cream cheese frosting, no matter what time of day it is, but I generally like to fool myself into thinking that my breakfast offers some health benefits. So when my turn came around on a recent Friday, I went searching for a recipe for a somewhat wholesome muffin. I found a winner on one of my favorite food blogs, Smitten Kitchen.  These whole wheat apple muffins are nice and moist, with big chunks of apple and some heartiness from the whole grain flour. I used about 1 3/4 cups of peeled and chopped Braeburn apples (they were on sale), and definitely don't skip the brown sugar topping--the sweet, crunchy top is a great contrast to the more virtuous bottom.