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Pear, Plum and Port Galette

Galette [guh-let]
~ noun
any of various thin, round cakes or pastries, often with a filling or topping: a galette glazed with blackberry jam; (in this case.. a freeform tart!)

Now I know what you're thinking.. "Make my own pastry.. umm no thank you!"
but you know what.. I'd never made puff pastry before today.
My first batch failed miserably. I did it the old fashioned way, working the butter in with your fingers, rolling out and folding the pastry 12 times whilst chilling it for 20 minutes after every 3. It took ALOT of time, and the pastry ended up overworked and didn't rise at all! Then I came across this ingenious trick, it literally took 10 minutes to throw together.. was chilled once and no folding required!

If you reallyyy want, you can use pre-made sheets of puff pastry from your local supermarket, and I won’t hold that against you... (just jump straight to step number six in this recipe, and you obviously can skip the rolling out your pastry step) but at least give this super easy puff pastry a try once in your lifetime! If I can pull it off, so can you!

#1 Freeze your butter ahead of time, and leave it in the freezer right up until you need it. Trust me, it'll make your life a lot easier!

#2 I wasn't specific with the amount of water required for the pastry.. I know, but that's because you won't always need the whole 150ml. How much you need is dependant on many factors, so keep an eye on your dough, when it has all come together and the bowl is left clean, that's perfect. You don't want soo much water that the dough is sticky, or so little that the dough crumbles when small amounts of pressure is applied.

#3 Don't knead your dough, don't squeeze your dough, don't press on your dough until I say so! For this puff pastry, you should be able to bring it together by gently tossing the ingredients with your fingertips. Puff pastry puffs because the streaks of butter amongst the flour melt and create air pockets within the pastry as it bakes in the oven, so you don't want to go kneading those streaks of butter into the pastry, otherwise it simply won't puff.

#4 When rolling out your puff pastry, roll in only one direction, for much the same reason as above (it will maximise the puff).

#5 Get creative with your tarts shape, it could be oval, rectangle, round, square, heart shaped, you can fold over the edges, or you can not fold over the edges!

#5.5 To create a galette without a folded edge to hug your ingredients, simply score (cut with a sharp knife but not all the way through) your frame into your rolled out pastry, and prick the inside of your tart, the part where you will be stacking your fruit, all over with a fork. This will ensure the frame that you've left as is, will rise more than the inside of the tart where you've scored.

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prep time: 1 hour and 40 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 1 hours and 70 mins
Galette [guh-let] ~ noun any of various thin, round cakes or pastries, often with a filling or topping: a galette glazed with blackberry jam; (in this case.. a freeform tart!)


250g plain flour
250g unsalted butter (Frozen.. trust me)
around 150ml water
pinch of salt

3 medium pears
9 small plums
3tbsp caster sugar
1tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup white port

Egg Wash
1 egg
dash of milk or water


Line a baking tray, and set aside.

Sift flour and salt into a large mixing bowl.

Remove your butter from the freezer and grate it into your mixing bowl.

With your fingertips and without compacting your mixture, toss the curls of butter through the flour until they're coated.

Create a well in your flour/butter mix and pour in the cold water 1/3 at a time, bringing the dough together gently with your fingertips after each third is added. 

When the dough has come together, remove it from the mixing bowl, gently form it into a somewhat flattened ball shape, wrap in glad wrap, and store in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour.

Core/pit and slice your fruit (you can also peel them if desired) and place in bowl.
Add lemon juice and caster sugar and toss your fruit until they're evenly coated. Set aside.

Place 1/4 cup of white port into a saucepan and place over a medium heat, swirling the pot occasionally to ensure it doesn't burn, the glaze is ready when it begins to smell sweat and darkens slightly in colour. Set aside.

Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Remove puff pastry from the fridge, unwrap and place on a lightly floured benchtop. Lightly flour a rolling pin (or in my case an empty lime cordial bottle) and slowly roll out your pastry. The trick is to do it gently and gradually, applying too much pressure will cause the edges your working to crack, and keep an eye on the surface of the pastry to ensure it's not sticking to your rolling pin, if it starting to stick, apply more flour to your rolling pin.

Once your pastry is rolled out to approximately 4 - 5mm thick, cut your desired tart shape. I used a medium sized dinner plate and ran a sharp knife around the edge to achieve a perfect circle.

To create the taller edges, fold roughly 1cm of the outside edge of your tart inward, if your tart is also circular, gently pinch and fold it at roughly 1inch intervals to ensure a neat finish.

Drain any excess liquid from your fruit and arrange inside your puff pastry frame as desired. I layered mine, but your arrangement can be as abstract as you'd like!

Whisk your egg wash ingredients together (egg and milk or water) in a small bowl, and using a pastry, paint it onto the frame of your tart. This will ensure a golden finish on your pastry.

Place your tart into a pre-heated oven for 25 - 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

While still warm, using a pastry brush, paint your white port caramel over the top of your fruit, and serve warm with a dollop of double cream, whipped cream or ice cream.


baking tray
x2 large mixing bowl 
rolling pin 
small bowl
parchment or baking paper 

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