Friday, February 11, 2011

Fig galettes

Fig galettes / Galettes de figo

It’s been a tough week – I know that hating our job is not a healthy or positive feeling, but that’s how I feel; my patience has been tested so many times in the past 5 days I feel like a hero. :)

What comforts me is that in a couple of hours I’ll be home, on my couch, with a cookbook on my lap, choosing something to bake tomorrow – I guess I’ll use this amazing book again.

Fig galettes
inspired by Elise, pastry recipe from Bon Appetit Desserts

1 cup (140g) all purpose flour
½ tablespoon caster sugar
pinch of salt
6 tablespoons (84g) unsalted butter, chilled and diced
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water
heavy cream, for brushing

2 tablespoons apricot jam
4 figs (about 300g), halved, each half cut in three slices
1 tablespoon demerara sugar

Make the pastry: place flour, sugar, salt and butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until coarse meal forms. With the motor running, add the water (more if necessary) until dough comes together. Divide in half and make a disk with each half. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 2 hours or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F; line a large baking sheet with baking paper.
Roll out one pastry disk between lightly floured sheets of baking paper until you have a 25cm (10in) circle. Carefully transfer to prepared sheet (or roll both pastry circles on the same piece of baking paper and transfer the paper to the baking sheet – I find that easier).
Spread 1 tablespoon apricot jam over the center of the pastry, leaving a 4cm (1 ½in) border. Arrange half of the fig slices over the jam, then sprinkle the fruit with half the demerara sugar. Gently fold the pastry edges over the filling. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Brush edges of the galettes with the heavy cream.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until pastry is golden and filling is bubbly – do not worry if some of the jam leaks while the galettes are baking, the baking paper will make clean up easy. ;)

Serves 4 (moderately)


  1. Beautiful, beautiful. My next-door neighbor has fig trees and I await their presence every year!

    Glad it's Friday for you. Hope next week is better!

  2. beautiful galette and presentation

  3. This book is next on my wishlist. I almost bought it last month but I asked for BAKE (N. Malgieri) Now I want it badly =). Your galette looks beautiful!!

  4. You just read my mind :-) I have been wanting to make galettes for quite some time now although with apples. Will see if this weekend I can get to make them!

  5. Patricia, your galette looks wonderful!!! Beautiful job with it. The figs look glorious. Happy Friday to you! Sorry for the tough week, but now it's the weekend! :) xo

  6. Abby, how nice of your neighbor to share the figs with you. ;)
    Thank you for your concern, sweetie!

    Torview..., thank you!

    Sil, that book is amazing! It was one of my Xmas gifts (I can say it was my favorite gift). ;)
    Thank you!

    Miryam, I am sure your galettes will be beautiful!

    Nina, thank you for caring, sweetie!

    Valeska, thank you!

  7. Oh Patricia! It's like you read my mind! I know exactly how you feel and I also take comfort in my cookbooks and plans of what to cook or bake. These galettes look like the ultimate mood-lifter! You are lucky to be able to get fresh figs! Hope you are feeling better :)

  8. Hey, sweetie! I am feeling better, thank you! Some people here drive me crazy sometimes, but this week they're away on a business trip. :)


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