Berry Galette with Salted Caramel Ice Cream

I had dinner with someone this past weekend who continued to mispronounce quinoa repeatedly over the course of 3 hours. He pronounced it "QWIN-O-WAH" and I pronounced it "KEEN-WAH". I'm too much of a lady - and fundamentally it made me feel awkward - to confront the situation so we both just continued to reference the grain per our pronunciation. All the while I wondered if it made me an ass to keep saying it my way.

This appropriately brings us to the dessert I made for my Bachelorette Finale watch. I'm still not quite sure how to pronounce "galette" but I do know that it is very easy and very tasty.

This past New Years in Vermont my adorable friend Sarah made an apple tart that was just perfect for the occasion. She made the crust with her own little hands at the kitchen island.... no food processor, no stand mixer, just hands. Color me impressed. I can't say that I took the same route for this recipe (I opted for a food processor) but I had Sarah in my mind the entire time.

The sweet little dessert (pun intended) includes a few different components that allow you to make it your own: (1) crust, (2) fruity inside goodness, and (3) ice cream. So we'll break it down that way.

CRUST - I was very short on time for whipping the dough together given a late work meeting and an 8pm start time. Combined with this being the 2nd time I've made a pie crust like dough ... and the first time in a food processor, I was highly apprehensive. I followed the recipe exactly (highly unlike me) but probably looked like I was trying to solve a calculus problem the entire time (i.e. confused and anxious) but as soon as I started to dribble the ice water it was like magic happened. DOUGH baby!

INSIDE GOODNESS - This is another one of those "use what you have moments" and obviously why I like it so much. Fresh fruit can be expensive so the combo of strawberries and blueberries made for a delicious and affordable combo. The ratio of fruit is totally up to you.

ICE CREAM - This is the 2nd time that I've made ice cream and the 2nd time it was received with rave reviews. It might be a coincidence but the ice cream recipe is so easy that as soon as I imagined a fruit tart, I knew it needed this creamy ice cream on it. This homemade ice cream comes together amazingly quickly and I actually made it before work on Monday morning.

First you have to make the dough, then mix your fruit, then assemble, then cook, then eat. Here's how it goes:
Galette Dough(Step 1) In the food processor, mix the flour with the sugar and salt.
(Step 2) Add in the butter slowly while the food processor works. The goal is to get the mixture to look a bit like coarse meal but with some of the butter pieces the size of lima beans. I think my mixture had all universally small pieces (i.e. no lima bean sizes) but it truly worked out great.
(Step 3) Drizzle the water in while the processor runs (think like you are making pesto) until a dough forms. Be careful not to make it too wet ... but if you do I think you can recover (like I did) by adding a smidge of flour during the knead.

(Step 4) Gather up the dough and knead it 2 or 3 times. Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.


Inside Goodness & the rest
(Step 1) Combine all of the ingredients (except the butter) in a bowl. Toss to evenly coat the fruit in the cornstarch, sugar, etc.
(Step 2) Roll out your dough to a pie crust thickness (1/4 inch) and place on a cookie sheet with parchment.

(Step 3) Dump (delicately of course) your fruit mixture in the middle of the dough and spread it out with about a 1 1/2 inch border. Fold this border up over the fruit mound and pinch seal the overlaps as you work around the galette.
(Step 4) Brush the crust with an egg wash and sprinkle with sugar. Additionally, you can add a few little squares of butter pre-bake on the fruit.
(Step 5) Bake at 425 F for about 20-25 minutes. You'll know it's done when the crust is golden brown.

Now, just let the galette cool a bit, cut it, drop some ice cream on there and eat. It'll be delightful.

Shopping List (serves 4-6 people)
Galette Dough from Food & Wine
1 cup flour
1/2 t sugar
pinch of salt
6 T cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup ice water

Inside Goodness
1 pint of blueberries
8 or so strawberries
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 t cinnamon
1/4 t salt
1 T lemon zest
1 T lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar + more for sprinkling
1-2  T butter

Ice Cream (see recipe here)

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