Thursday, 16 June 2011

An Abundance of Raspberries

We are drowning in raspberries. Every other day we are forced into the garden with a bowl to full with more and more of the little red jewels. It also seems that someone is fed up with the abundance of our new favourite fruit, and is less interested in picking and eating and more interested in squelching and stamping them into the floor. Oh dear.

Thankfully, I was able to get her to eat some in yet another raspberry and apricot themed dessert. This time, a galette without any sugar in the pastry to allow the natural sweetness in the fruits to shine through.

Raspberry and Apricot Galettes (apapted from Tartlette. Makes 5)

For the pastry dough
70g unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 egg yolks
pinch salt
210g plain flour
2 tablespoons milk

For the fruits
5 apricots
2 tablespoons sugar
2 stems lemon balm
100g raspberries
75g caster sugar
6 leaves lemon balm
1 egg, beaten

For the pastry
In a mixer, whip the butter on medium speed until light and airy.
Add the egg yolks and pinch of salt and beat well after each addition, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary. 
Mix in all of the flour and mix briefly to form breadcrumbs.
Add enough milk to bring the dough into a ball.
Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for an hour.

For the fruits
While the dough is resting, place the apricots, sugar and lemon balm stalks in a pan with enough water to cover them.
Set over a high heat and bring to a boil before reducing the heat and poaching the apricots until just tender.
Remove from the heat, strain, discarding the cooking liquid and now almost slimey leaves and let them cool on a clean kitchen towel.
Once cooled, peel and halve them, remove the stones and slice the peaches thin.

To assemble
Preheat oven to 180C.

When the dough is nice and cold, roll it out on a lightly floured board. If the dough tears while you roll, just patch it with your fingertips.
Cut eight 4-inch rounds, I used a saucer, rerolling and using the dough as you go (ig it gets too soft, just refrigerate for a few minutes as you fill the other galettes with fruit).
Arrange the slices of a whole apricot in the center of each round and gather the edges, pleating as you go with your fingertips (don't worry about being even - these are free form). Add the raspberries on top and sprinkle with sugar and some freshly chopped lemon balm leaves.
Place all the galettes on a parchment lined baking sheet, brush with beaten egg and bake for about 30-35 minutes


  1. No raspberries in my garden, something I still need to plant :-) Diane

  2. An abundance of raspberries sounds so wonderful. Not sure I've ever tried them with apricots, but I love the colours and bet they taste good.

  3. Wow! Wish I have raspberries in my garden! Your Galettes looks lovely and delicious! Looks wonderful with both the raspberries and apricots!