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Cherry Galette

I’m a really big fan of pies, but I am not the best pie maker. It’s definitely a skill that I continue to work on and try to perfect. Since I’m not at that master pie baking level yet, my go to when I want to make a homemade pie, comes in the form of galettes or free form pies. If you search Jem of the South you’ll see several different recipes for galettes.


Pulling together a galette includes your best pie crust recipe and the filling you want to add. I made this cherry galette over the weekend and topped it with ice cream.  I used frozen cherries since cherries aren’t in season and they worked perfectly!


Are you a fan of baking pies or galettes? Do share!


Cherry Galette


Galette Crust


2 cups all purpose flour


1 cup shortening


1/2 cup cold water


1 teaspoon salt


1 egg and 1 teaspoon of water ( egg wash)


Galette Filling 


2 1/2 cups thawed mixed cherries


1/2 cup granulated sugar


2 tablespoons vanilla extract




Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.


Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set to the side.


In a bowl, add the cherries, sugar and vanilla. Set to the side.


In another bowl, add the flour and salt. Add the shortening and blend into the flour with a pastry blender or fork. Slowing add the water until the dough begins to form. Once the dough forms, roll it into a ball then transfer to the cookie sheet. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out to about a half inch thick circle. You don’t have to be exact. Galette’s are free form pies and very forgiving. Once the dough is ready, add the filling to the center then gather the edges of the dough to the meet the edge of the fruit filling. Pinch the dough together to seal. Brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash and place in the oven.


Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!

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