Monday, August 29, 2011

Summer Fruit and Sweet Cream Cheese Galettes

A galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat, round or freeform crusty cakes. It’s a term usually applies to pastries best described as large cookie. And this recipe is the perfect way to end summer. You won’t believe how easy galettes are to make. And these galettes taste just like summer! I guarantee there won’t be a slice left over.

Summer Fruit and Sweet Cream Cheese Galettes
Serves 6 to 8

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch, divided
1 whole egg, separated
2 cups prepared Fruit (see below*)
2 tablespoons sugar, plus a little extra for sprinkling
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 refrigerated pie crust from 14.1-ounce box

Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix cream cheese, confectioner’ sugar, 2 tablespoons of the cornstarch, and the egg yolk in medium bowl. In a separate medium bowl mix fruit, 2 tablespoons of sugar, remaining tablespoon of cornstarch, and vanilla or almond extract.

Unfurl pie dough on a lightly floured surface and roll to about 13-inches in diameter. Slide onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan and spread evenly with cream cheese mixture, leaving a 2-inch border. Scatter fruit evenly over cream cheese mixture. Fold pastry border over the fruit. Brush dough perimeter with egg white and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Bake galette until golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Loosen with a metal spatula and slide onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm.

*Fruit (pick 1 or a mix) You’ll need 2 cups total
Thinly sliced plums
Peeled and thinly sliced peaches or nectarines
Thinly sliced apricots
2 cups mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)

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