Sweet and Savory Galette. Or, the Fancy Free-Form Pie

by heidi on July 28, 2011

Why is it that something made with just three of cooking’s most basic ingredients can be so terribly intimidating? A food that has the most basic of foundations that in the wrong conditions can go terribly awry, with multiple variations and nuanced secrets handed down from mother to daughter, from pastry chef to novice baker.

You know what I’m talking about don’t you?

FoodieCrush Magazine Strawberry Blackberry Galettephoto > foodiecrush

Yes, I’m talking pie crust.

To lard or not to lard? Regular unbleached flour or whole wheat? And what about those gluten-free pie lovers?

With a bounty of fresh fruit and an evening BBQ that I had volunteered to deliver a dessert to, I had to come up with something fast, something proven and something delicious.

So instead of poring over recipes and waiting for ingredients to sufficiently freeze, blend and roll, I took the easy way out, dug into my freezer for my emergency stash of store bought Pillsbury roll-up pie crust and went rustic. For the galette filling you can use any combo of fruit, just keep the proportions of sugar and flour the same as in the recipe at the end of the post.

And whaddya know? Noone was the wiser.

If you’re thinking savory is more your flavor, try some of these delicious versions from some of our favorite foodie bloggers.

FoodieCrush Magazine Canelle Vanille Mushroom Galettephoto > Aran Goyoaga

Cannelle Vanille‘s delightfully succulent recipe starts with an herb pie dough that sounds like it could be a task, but is actually a basic dough with herbs and pepper artfully added in, making Aran’s Crispy Mushroom, Potato and Blue Cheese Galette takes earthy mushroom and stinky blue cheese to the ultimate savory level, and perfect to share with family. Just like she did.

FoodieCrush Magazine Cook Your Dream Roasted Vegetable Galettephoto > Sarka Babicka

In my book, nothing says savory like Sarka’s combo of butternut squash, rosemary and goat cheese in a crispy crust. Enveloped in a créme fraiche studded wholemeal pie dough, Cook Your Dream‘s Roasted Vegetable Galette is a healthy, all-in-one feast. Now, if I could just stuff the whole thing in a ravioli I’d be the happiest eater on earth. Hmm, I think I have a recipe idea…

FoodieCrush Magazine In Praise of Leftovers Green Tomato Galettephoto > In Praise of Leftovers

Sarah’s last minute tomato harvest provides the rest of us the bounty of her latent gardening habits. Cooking the tomatoes whole and then picking through the sauce for the cooked wrinkled skins is a secret tip to perfecting In Praise of Leftover‘s Green Tomato Chutney Galette topped with brie and chutney.

And now, my super-simple, sweetened-up galette version.

Strawberry & Blackberry Galette

Strawberry & Blackberry Galette


1 package Pillsbury or favorite brand pie dough (total of 2 pie dough disks)
5 cups strawberries, blackberries, blueberries or raspberries (you can always use whatever fruits you would crave, just keep the proportions roughly the same)
2/3 cup sugar plus 2 T
2 T flour
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 egg white, whisked


  1. Instructions
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. On left side of a cookie sheet, unroll 1 pie dough disk according to package directions (some will flop over the edges of the sheet, and that's ok.)
  4. In a small bowl, mix 2/3 cup sugar, flour and lemon rind. In a large bowl, add berries and sugar mixture to coat. Add half of berry mixture to center of pie dough, leaving 2 inches or so of bare pie dough at edges. Fold edges to center in sections leaving the center of the filling uncovered.
  5. On right side of the cookie sheet, repeat process above. Take egg white and brush top of pie dough with white and sprinkle 1T of sugar on top of each galette. And if you're like me, you'll add more sugar, just like you did to your Cheerios as a kid.
  6. Bake according to package instructions, 30-40 minutes.

As a final note, we have an exciting announcement coming up early next week. Bloggers, pre-heat your ovens and get ready to start your mixers, it’s Christmas in July.

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Posted in: baking and breads,desserts and sweets

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Bev Weidner July 28, 2011 at 6:39 am

I have no words.

Except I do: OMG YUM. That middle roasted vegetable one just made me go blind. Seriously, delicious.
All of them look miraculous. I’m making these, as soon as I get my vision back.


Kristi Rimkus July 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

I’m with you when it comes to pie dough – the store is my friend. Lovely dessert and right up my alley when it comes to simplicity. I have fresh peaches that would work well with this. Thank you!


heidi July 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Delicious idea with peaches. Ooh, and maybe some finely chopped rosemary and honey…What do you think?


lena July 27, 2014 at 8:36 am

I’m aiming to try peaches and blueberries today. I’m thinking of either adding thyme or a basil lemon glaze….


Winter July 28, 2011 at 9:12 am

I totally want to make one…like right now! Beautiful!


Julia July 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

I was terrified of making a galette. But a few weeks ago I conquered that fear, dough and all. EASY as pie, pun intended ;) I even botched up the recipe and it still came out WONDERFULLY! Now, I LOVE galettes, a lot, sweet and savory. Loving the bn squash and goat cheese one.


heidi July 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Doesn’t the squash galette look healthy? I have a huge one in my garden, need to harvest and make for this version for dinner.


Maria July 28, 2011 at 11:27 am

Galettes are my favorite! I think I need to make one this week. Thanks for the reminder:)


torviewtoronto July 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

these galettes look delicious


Elizabeth July 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

All those galettes look delicious. I actually had plans to make an apricot and cherry galette tonight, but something came up. Now I’m kind of regretting that decision…yum!


Sanjeeta kk July 28, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Aww..you have a lovely collection of some delightful baking recipes here! Was just bowled over by those blueberry muffins..scones….awesome.


heidi July 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Thank you. Trying to keep the variety of life in the blog. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Lovely to hear.


Kathleen July 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

What a lovely collection of delicious galettes


patricia August 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

i just made a peach galette this weekend and it was sooooo good! i love how they look. i had trouble with some too-soft pie dough, but it still worked out….i’m starting to believe it’s impossible to mess anything with flour and butter ;)


heidi August 2, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Peaches will be in full swing here in the next few weeks, that is a great inspriation!


Tastes of Home (Jen) August 2, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Love all the galettes especially the savoury ones, been wanting to experiment with these…gorgeous collection!


heidi August 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

I’d love to see what you end up creating based on the savory selection :)


lena July 27, 2014 at 9:39 am

does this make one or two?


heidi July 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

It makes two.


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