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Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

If you’re a regular visitor to my little corner of the internet, today’s recipe will come as no surprise.  But for those of you new to Relishing It, witness my obsession with galettes. Sweet or savory, I love a good galette.  They’re so versitile, tasty, and just gorgeous.  Since we’re rolling right into Spring/Summer and there’s so much wonderful fruit, that means that we are rolling right into galette season, too.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

I spent the better part of a recent rainy afternoon stocking my freezer with homemade pie dough, so I have it at the ready whenever I get the inclination to whip up a galette.  Having the pie dough at my disposal makes things a bit easier.  Not that making it is difficult– it isn’t.  It takes less than 5  minutes to make a batch of pie dough.  No lie.  And the galette itself is almost foolproof.  Even the imperfections give it a rustic look that I love.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

Being a food blogger, there is a certain amount of self-promotion on social media that you have to do in order to tell people that “Hey, I wrote a post and it’s worth reading”.   It’s something that in the beginning of blogging feels silly and awkward and then 3 years later, you don’t give it another thought.  It’s all part of the process and I get that.  You want to convey how wonderful and delicious something is, without sounding like a grand-standing braggert.  So, with this in mind– when I tell you I make killer galettes, I mean it.  Really.  They are so damn good that I wish I could eat one everyday for every meal.  There I said it.  I’m a braggert now.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

The key is the crust. It’s buttery and flakey…. and buttery. Did I mention that it’s buttery? It has a wonderful crunch and the right amount of tenderness.  And it comes out perfect every single time. No guess work. Just follow the recipe and directions. Use frozen, grated butter– it never disappoints. In this version I wanted to use some delicious Spring rhubarb.  I generally am a straight-up rhubarb gal, but my family loves strawberry with it.  They work well together.  I made sure to not sweeten it too much, as I still love the tartness from the rhubarb.  I think this galette reaches the perfect balance.  Not cloyingly sweet, and not too tart.  Perfection.  Give it a try for yourself and make sure to share.

Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette | Relishing It

The Recipe: Rhubarb and Strawberry Galette

1/2 of this recipe for All Butter Pie Crust

1 cup diced red rhubarb

1 cup diced fresh strawberries

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon corn starch

pinch of kosher salt

1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

2 tablespoons turbinado or demerara sugar, for sprinkling (or any coarse sugar)

Follow the recipe and directions for the All Butter Pie Crust.  You will only use half of the recipe, but make the entire amount.  The other half will keep in the freezer until you are ready to use it.  Thaw in the refrigerator the night before use.

Preheat the oven to 375 °F.  Place the oven rack in the middle position.  Have a baking sheet ready for the galette.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the rhubarb, strawberries, cornstarch, sugar, and pinch of salt together until everything is coated.  Set aside.

Lightly sprinkle flour on a piece of parchment paper that will fit onto your baking sheet.  On a flat surface, place the dough in the center and use a lightly floured rolling pin to roll out to 12-inches.  Pour the fruit mixture into the center of the dough.  Flatten the mixture a bit with your hands.  Fold up about 1 1/2-inches of the dough around the edge.  Make sure to pinch the seams together along the way.  Then use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash.  Sprinkle with turbinado or demerara sugar.  Place the galette and parchment paper onto the baking sheet and into the oven.  Bake for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is a deep golden brown and the liquid bubbles a bit.  You may see some liquid run from the galette during the baking process if the seams didn’t get adequately sealed.  Don’t worry, it’ll turn out just fine.  Let cool before cutting into it.  Simply cover leftovers with a dishtowel, if there are any.  Enjoy!

A few other galettes you may enjoy:  Sour Cherry Galette, Blueberry Galette, Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut and Beef Galette, and Rustic Apple Galette

Thanks for visiting today– have a great weekend!

Laurie

 

 

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Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

Autumn.  The best of all the seasons, even if it’s only brief here in Minnesota.  Yes, Spring is a close second, but when Autumn rolls around, I’m really, truly happy.  I love the brilliantly colored, crisp, maple leaves that my daughter brings me as bouquets for our dining room.  We live in an old Victorian with dark wood and decor in our living and dining rooms.  I always think about re-painting to brighten things up, but when Fall rolls around, it feels so comfortably warm and cozy, and I’m thankful I haven’t changed a thing.

Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

On of my favorite Fall (and even winter, for that matter) dishes is this amazing Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette.  The combination of beef and sauerkraut is incredible.  It’s also a bit nostalgic for me.  I grew up with huge pots of meatballs that had been simmering in tangy sauerkraut for hours.  Wonderful stuff.  This galette showcases those flavors.  Just like my other galettes, the crust is crisp and light.  The potatoes add substance, while the fresh mozzarella ensures that the dish is moist enough.  Of course, you can substitute another mild cheese, like grated regular mozzarella, if you like.  I really wanted the tang from the sauerkraut to be showcased here, rather that hidden underneath a more assertive cheese.  I’m planning to share with you all a quick sauerkraut recipe and technique very soon.   I really hope you give this galette a try– I think you’ll really enjoy it!

Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette | Relishing It

The Recipe:  Rustic Potato, Sauerkraut, and Beef Galette

Use this pie crust recipe  (with 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary and 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme mixed into the dough)

1/2 pound ground beef

1/4 cup chopped white onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

black pepper

3/4 pound small steamed yellow potatoes, sliced

1/2 cup sauerkraut, drained a bit

6 slices of fresh mozzarella  (or a bit more)

1 teaspoon fresh chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

olive oil

1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for an egg wash

Follow these directions to make the pie dough.  You will only be using one of the dough balls for this recipe.  Freeze the other one for another time.  Add the fresh herbs when you are mixing the dough.  Refrigerate for 2 hours.  Proceed.

Preheat your oven to 375°F.

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium/high heat.  Drain and discard the grease.  To the skillet of ground beef add the chopped onions, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, and a bit of black pepper (you may want to add a glug or two of olive oil, if the pan seems a little dry). Sauté for a couple of minutes until the onions are tender.  Remove from heat and set aside.

On a lightly floured piece of parchment paper, roll the pie dough out to a 12-inch circle using a lightly floured rolling pin.  Place the sliced potatoes on the dough, leaving about 1 1/2-inch space around the edge.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on the potatoes.  Next, put the sauerkraut on top, followed by the chopped parsley.  Then add the ground beef mixture, and finally place the fresh mozzarella on the very top.  Fold the edges of the dough up and pinch together to seal the seams as much as possible.  Use a pastry brush to apply the egg wash to the edge of the dough.  Sprinkle salt and pepper on the egg wash.

Slide the parchment paper with the galette onto a baking sheet and bake for 43-45 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown.  (Keep in mind that every oven is a bit different.  If you don’t already have an oven thermometer, I highly recommend you get one.  Cheap ones are about $7 and work great.  My oven runs 15 degrees hot.)  Top the galette with chopped parsley and a drizzle of olive oil before serving.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It today!

xo

Laurie

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Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

I have just a few more tomato recipes that I want to share with all of you before tomato season disappears with the nice weather.  The first is this wonderful Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella.  As my husband stated after taking a bite, “That’s one of the best things I’ve eaten all summer.  Maybe ever”.  True story.

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

Yes, yes, tomatoes and fresh mozzarella are a heavenly match– we all know that, right?  But generally, fresh mozzarella isn’t baked into a galette with tomatoes due to its water content.  Much harder cheeses are the norm.  Obviously I was a bit hesitant in trying the fresh mozzarella– I had visions of a huge sloppy mess ruining that wonderful crust.  There was even a moment during the baking time when I peered into the oven and almost cried.  There was a lot of liquid pooling.  I was certain the galette was ruined.  I mention this, because if you see the same pooling– just wait it out.  By the end of the baking time, the water was gone and a beautiful crisp crust was left behind with cheese that had bubbled up into a golden brown.  The smell of the the baked tomatoes and cheese with the herbs was unbelievable.

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

This galette comes together so quickly, especially if you have pie crusts hanging out in your freezer (have I mentioned that you definitely should get on that?).  And it’s a perfect meal when you want to fancy things up a bit.  Add a salad to the side, and perhaps a glass of wine and you’re set.  Now go and enjoy the heck out of those tomatoes before they’re gone for the season!

Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella | Relishing It

The Recipe:  Tomato Galette with Herbs and Fresh Mozzarella

(serves 4 or 1, depending upon how hungry you are)

1 single All-Butter Pie Crust

2-3 ripe tomatoes, sliced

about 1/4 pound of fresh mozzarella, sliced

a hefty sprinkling of chopped fresh rosemary and thyme, plus more for garnish

1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

salt, pepper, plus olive oil for drizzling

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Follow the instructions for the All-Butter Pie Crust.  After it has chilled it will be ready to use.  Roll the dough out into an 11-inch circle (not the typical 12-inch, because I want the crust to be a bit sturdier) on a piece of floured parchment paper.  Place the mozzarella into the center of the dough, leaving about 1 1/2 inch border.  Sprinkle the chopped herbs on the cheese.  Then place the tomatoes on top of that.  Fold up the sides of the galette and pinch the seams together.  Using a pastry brush, apply the egg wash to the dough.  Then sprinkle salt and pepper onto the egg wash.  Slide the galette and parchment paper onto a large rimmed baking sheet.  Bake for 45-50 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown and the cheese has bubbled up and browned a bit, too.  Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.  Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with fresh herbs, salt and pepper before serving.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Laurie

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Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing It

The end of our summer.  I honestly don’t know whether to jump for joy or curl up into a ball and sulk.   My boy starts school next week– first grade.  He isn’t dreading school this year– unlike the last two– when he saw it only as a limitation on ‘play time’.  That’s not to say that he didn’t love school.  He did, once he got there.  But he has serious home-body tendencies that can be a bit…difficult to overcome sometimes.  Now the prospect of making new friends has him excited.   And my baby, Aria, starts the following week in pre-kindergarten.  She is so excited.  She has Aanen’s previous teacher, whom we all adore.  Aria starting school really brings out mixed emotions in me.  Joy because I’ll finally get to enjoy an hour or two of quiet each day.  Aria is a talker.  Nonstop.  Really.  She’s a relentless, wonderful hurricane.  A true sensing extrovert on the Meyers-Briggs scale.  The other three of us are the opposite.  But even though I’ll get to enjoy some quiet, I’m also a bit panicked.  Not having my baby at home reminds me just how fast time is passing.  And to add to my melancholy of another season ending, and my kids off to school, I turned 39 on Monday.  Time.  It just rolls on.

Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing It

It’s very strange, because it’s not just the days, or even years that are flying past.  It’s the decades!  I don’t feel 39 years old, but somehow it just happened.  I’ll turn around tomorrow and my kids will be off to college.  But to be brutally honest, my kids growing up, and me aging isn’t what really hurts.  No, the most painful realization is that my parents are aging right along with us.  It seems like just yesterday that I’d watch my dad play softball, goofing off on the pitcher’s mound or galloping around the bases like a kid.  Strange to think that that was 20 years ago.  The fact is, they’re getting older.  And while they’re both still doing great and keeping busy, they’re slowing down.  Through a daughter’s eyes…I can tell.  I know I can’t do anything about it, but I really don’t want the next 20 years to pass as quickly as the last have.  I need time to slow a bit, so I can savor every moment with my loved ones.

Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing It

Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing It

Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing It

It feels a bit strange to delve into such deep issues here on a food blog, but there it is.  I guess if there’s a tie-in to Relishing It, it’s that working in the kitchen soothes me.  It’s my balm, so to speak.  This week a kind neighbor offered up her gorgeous apple tree– free for the picking.  Aria and I gathered a huge box-ful, which I’ve turned into several apple galettes.  I’ve written before here about my love for galettes.  They’re perfect in that un-perfect, rustic way.  I like my apple desserts with just a hint of cinnamon and not much else.  I want to taste the apples.  I also like to add a drizzle of icing to apple galettes that I normally don’t with other fruits, since the apples don’t have that beautiful sheen that you get with a berry or peach galette.  The icing makes it look so much more appealing, and adds a subtle sweetness.  Enjoy!

Rustic Apple Galette | Relishing it

The Recipe:  Rustic Apple Galette

3 cups / 400 grams sliced firm tart apples (from 6 small apples)

3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 small lemon)

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons cold butter, diced

1 egg mixed with 1 teaspoon water, for egg wash

1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, for sprinkling

1 cup powdered sugar with a splash of milk, for the glaze

1 single All-Butter Pie Crust

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Follow the instructions for making the All-Butter Pie Crust. After it has chilled for at least 2 hours, it will be ready for use.

Peel and slice, not too thick (so they bake properly) and not too thin (so they don’t turn to mush) the apples.  Place into a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice.  Then add the sugar, cinnamon, and salt.  Toss again.  Set aside.

Roll the pie dough out onto a piece of parchment paper.  Lightly dust parchment and rolling pin with flour.  Roll the pie dough into a 12-inch circle.  Place the apples and juices into the center.  Place the butter pieces on top of the apples.   Gently flip the edges over the apples.  Pinch the seams together as much as possible, to prevent leaking while baking.  Using a pastry brush, apply the egg wash to the dough.  Then sprinkle with turbinado sugar.  Gently pat down the apples so they are somewhat level– this will prevent the peaks from burning.

Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the crust is a beautiful golden brown and the apples are tender.  Keep an eye on the apples in the final minutes, so they don’t get too dark.  Remove from oven and let cool.  Mix the glaze to your desired consistency and drizzle over the galette when cool.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Laurie

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Hello everyone!   Summer finally arrived in the Upper Midwest, and boy, did it show up with a vengeance!  Those living nearby probably don’t want to hear more about just how miserable the weather is, but for those of you in distant lands, the heat index has been flirting with 120 degrees here all week.  I’m seriously starting to look forward to a nice winter snow storm…which will probably be only a few months away.  Ahhh… Minnesota.

So where have I been, you ask?  Well, we’ve had a busy July.  As you know, I took the kids to North Dakota to visit family.  We had such a great time seeing everyone.   Shortly after we got back, we took our first trip to the world-famous Wisconsin Dells.  It was so much fun, and so cheesy (Wisconsin pun intended).  Waterslides, go-cart racing, food, a tour down the river on some sort of World War II vehicle.  Our kids are still talking about the trip.  They want to go back right away.

Now that you’ve had the family update, let’s talk food again.  Wow!  Do I have some exciting things to share with you!  Let’s start today with this gorgeous heirloom tomato galette.  You know I love fresh tomatoes, but are you aware that I’m that slightly-crazy person who refuses to buy one all winter long?  More than any other vegetable (cucumbers are a close second), tomatoes purchased out of season and shipped in simply do not taste the same.  Not even close.  Thankfully, they’re  in-season now, so you can expect to see several more tomato-based dishes in the coming weeks.

This show-stopper of a tart is the perfect way to feature the pure flavor of ripe tomatoes.  I’ve been waiting to make this recipe for awhile– not only because it looks incredible– but because it’s the creation of chef/owner Naomi Pomeroy from the fabulous restaurant Beast in Portland, OR.  Last October, Radd and I vacationed in the Pacific Northwest and stumbled into Beast– a communal-style locavore paradise.  We shared a table and company with six strangers.  The food was divine, and it was easily one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had.  When I saw that this tart came from Beast, I knew I had to make it.

So how is it?  Better than you can imagine.  When I showed Radd, he thought it looked great, but he wasn’t exactly fired-up to try it.  After his third piece, he said it was one of the best things he’s eaten in a long, long time.  The crust is so delicate and flakey.  The manchego cheese adds a creaminess that perfectly compliments the acidity of the tomatoes.  Finally, the olive oil and herbs provide subtle complexity– the flavor really goes on and on.  It’s delicious warm, but even better at room temperature.  If you make only one savory dish from my blog over the next couple of weeks, it should be this one.  It’s that good.

The Recipe:  Heirloom Tomato Tart

Makes one 12-inch tart

Serves 4 to 6

For the Galette

1 cup all-purpose flour; plus more for work surface

1/2 teaspoon course salt; plus more for tomatoes

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or rosemary for the dough, plus more for on top of the galette

1 stick (8 tablespoons), unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2 – inch pieces

1/2 cup sour cream (full fat), chilled

1 pint tomatoes  (a combination of heirloom cherry tomatoes and other tomatoes, cut in half or sliced if large)

1/3 pound manchego cheese, or other semi-hard sheep’s milk cheese

1 egg white,  for an egg wash

For the Garnish (Optional)

1 bunch microgreens (arugala microgreens worked well)

Extra-virgin olive oil

Red-wine vinegar

Coarse salt

To make the dough: Combine the flour, salt, baking powder,  and 1 teaspoon of minced herbs in a food processor and pulse a few times to mix.  Then add the butter and pulse until the butter is just incorporated into the dry ingredients, making sure not to over-mix.  Some of the butter may be the size of a pea, which is fine.  This can also be done by hand if you don’t have a food processor.  Mix in the sour cream, being careful, once again, not to over-mix.  Turn the entire mixture out onto a cutting board and gently push it together into a ball.  Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

To make the filling: Put the tomatoes in a colander and sprinkle generously with coarse salt.  Lay the tomatoes on several sheets of paper towel to drain (dried tomatoes will make a crisp tart).

In the meantime: Heat the oven to 425°F.  Lay out a sheet of parchment paper that will fit onto your baking sheet.  Dust it with flour, as well as your rolling pin, and roll the dough out to a 12-inch circle about 1/8 – inch thick.   Leaving a  3 -inch border, scatter the cheese on the top of the dough, then arrange the tomatoes evenly over the cheese.  Sprinkle with a bit more thyme and rosemary.  Fold the edges of the dough over the tomatoes, making pleats as you fold and leaving the center of the tart open.  Make sure there are no holes in the dough; pinch the dough together if one appears.  Whisk the egg white and apply to the tart dough with a pastry brush or paper towel.  Transfer the tart with parchment paper still underneath to a baking sheet.

Bake the galette until golden brown, 30 -40 minutes.  Let cool on rack.

While the galette cools, lightly dress the microgreens with the olive oil, vinegar and salt.  Drizzle the top of the galette with olive oil and sprinkle it with course salt.  Slice the galette and serve with microgreens, of desired.    Enjoy!

Source:  Adapted from Harvest to Heat Cookbook via Naomi Pomeroy from Beast in Portland, OR

Thanks for visiting Relishing It today!  Hope you are all enjoying your summer.  See you soon.

Laurie

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I’m bursting with excitement over this incredible dessert.  True, this galette is–at heart– simply a blueberry pie.  Now a good blueberry pie is exciting on its own, but what makes me so happy about this one is the fact that it’s absolutely gorgeous and anyone can make it.  It really is that easy.  My intent was to steer away from another dessert recipe– I’m working on mixing up weekly themes for those of you that haven’t caught the baking bug that I can’t seem to shake.  But Fathers’ Day rolled around and I wanted to make something sweet for my husband, so the savory post will have to wait until later.  Today it’s blueberries!

I’ve made this galette many times, but I always forget how brilliant it is.  Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits for baking (sour cherries too!).  Blueberries taste like summer, and this galette really showcases that.  I love peeking in the oven to see the blueberries and sugar melding into a juicy, bubbly filling.  And the smell of the buttery pastry crust is pure bliss.

For this recipe I chose a  sweet tart dough– what the French call a pâte sablée.  It’s buttery and crumbly, almost like a shortbread.  It works beautifully with fruit and is simple with the help of a food processor.  As a bonus, you can make a few dough balls ahead of time and freeze them.  With just a quick thaw you can pull this fruit galette together whenever you like.  The trick with the dough is to warm it up a bit if it’s been refrigerated– it’ll be much easier to work with.  If you’re making it fresh, just shape it right away.  Both methods make a beautiful pastry.  And of course (do I sound repetitive?) it’s even better with a dollop of freshly whipped cream or ice cream.  I think I may go and make another one today….

The Recipe: Blueberry Galette

Pâte Sablée

1  1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 stick plus 1 tablespoon very cold butter (9 tablespoons), cut into tiny cubes

1 large egg yolk

Put the flour, confectioners’ sugar, and salt into a food processor.  Pulse a few times to mix.  Scatter the butter on top of the dry ingredients and pulse until the mixture is course.  Some pieces will be bigger than others.  Stir the yolk in a small bowl and add a little at a time, pulsing after each addition.  When the egg is completely in, process in longer pulses of 10 seconds each – until the dough, which should look granular soon after the egg is added, forms clumps and curds.  Just before your reach this stage, the sound of the machine will change a bit.  Turn the dough out onto a work surface and, very lightly and sparingly, knead the dough just to incorporate any dry ingredients that may have escaped mixing.

Blueberry Galette:

1 Pâte Sablée

2 cups blueberries

1/4  cup sugar

1 egg (for egg wash)

Preheat the oven for 375°F.  Put rack in center of oven.

On a large piece of parchment paper that is big enough to fit onto your baking sheet, roll out the dough into a large circle, until it reaches 12-inches in diameter.

In a bowl, mix the blueberries with the sugar.  Place in the center of the dough.  Carefully fold the dough on top of the blueberries.  Making sure that most of the blueberries are visible.  If any of the dough cracks or separates, just pinch it together with your fingers.

Transfer the galette, still on the parchment paper, to a large baking sheet.  Place the galette in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Remove galette from freezer.  Whisk the egg in a bowl, and using a pastry brush, apply the egg wash to the sides of the galette.   Place into oven and bake for 35 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the blueberries are bubbling.  Let cool until just warm before serving.  Enjoy!

Source:  Pâte Sablée was adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home To Yours

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It today — hope you enjoy the galette!

Laurie

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