April 30, 2011

Fresh Pineapple Gallette


Vacations can be great. And I'm on one. Family; royal wedding sleepover (yes, we stayed up all night) shopping; wine tasting; hanging out; thinking about life. Since I've only got one more vacation day left in which to relax, let's get right to the short and sweet of it, shall we?

Here is a divine, simple dessert that showcases fresh fruit and perhaps one of the best, most buttery pastry crusts I've ever made. Minimal desserts speak to me more and more, and this one certainly is simple. The idea and pastry crust recipe comes from one of my old favorite inspirations, Flo Braker and her Art of Simple Baking. I loved this Fresh Pineapple Galette first time I made it decades ago, and love it still. My version is sans Flo's crumble topping, simplifying it even a bit more.

Flo's Butter Pastry is perfect just as she suggests. The only thing I do at all differently is to roll the pastry dough out between sheets of wax paper, which eliminates the need to use excess flour which can toughen the baked crust. The other thing I do, in lieu of the crumble topping which sweetens the galette, is to sprinkle demerara sugar in the bottom of the rolled crust, place the sliced fresh fruit atop the lightly sugared crust, then sprinkle more demerara sugar atop the fruit before folding the crust in. That's it! Super easy, fresh and good.


Our Willamette Valley bubbly from Domaine Meriwether, a 2000 Captain Clark Vintage Cuvee, a provided creamy palate, with citrusy and exotic fruit notes. The crispness of this methode champenoise (we call it Champagne at our house; no matter what the "rules" are, that is what it is) balances nicely with the buttery crust and tropical fruit. Definitely give this a try together.


I've got one day of vacation left before heading home to Oregon. I'm not quite ready to hit my usual routine, but I miss Murray the Amazing Wonder Dog and my little house in the country. Did I mention how great vacation can be??

20 comments:

  1. I am all about minimalist desserts. Keep it simple and I'm happy. And this looks like it would make me very, very happy. You had me at buttery crust. (And nothing beats a scoop of vanilla.) Thanks for the tip about using the waxed paper instead of flour too. I'll give that a try.

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  2. This galette is beautiful, simple but elegant! And thanks for the tips about rolling dough between wax paper, and sprinkling the sugar on the bottom of the crust. Brilliant! I can't wait to try it! : )

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  3. Gorgeous - sounds like a perfect vacation to me.

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  4. Sounds like such a wonderful vacation! This dessert looks so beautiful!

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  5. mmmm...this looks wonderful!! I even have a pineapple in the fridge right now....

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  6. Simple and sweet. Gorgeous looking dessert. Well done and thanks for sharing!

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  7. Enjoy that vaca! Great tips, thank you!

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  8. Oh gosh! Pineapple is one of my favoritest fruits! I love everything about it and this dessert looks amazing. I've never made a galette before. I'm so glad you had a great vacation! Good luck tomorrow :-)

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  9. I grew up flipping through my mom's copy of Flo's "Art of Simple Baking" - it's one of my main baking inspirations. This is a lovely galette, and I'm curious to try the wine; love that they used Pinot Noir for a sparkling wine...

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  10. This looks wonderful. I've been wanting to make a galette recipe for a while, after I found another almond one. Pineapple is really upping the ante! I love it.

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  11. Beautiful dessert and minimalist certainly doesn't describe the look. Simply elegant.

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  12. wonderful galette with ice cream delicious

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  13. I don't know...omitting a crumble top? That is risky business! I think I'll have to try it both ways to be sure.

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  14. Oh man. I had an apple one the other day and it was out of this world. I imagine the high acidity for pineapple makes this really pop. What a wonderful looking dessert!

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  15. This is TRULY a divine dessert!

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  16. Very nicely done! I'd eat it for breakfast right now.

    Jason

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  17. This looks wonderful.

    I also roll out pastry between sheets of wax paper. The easiest way to do it and it doesn't get all over the counter.

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  18. I always miss my wonder dog at at the end of a vacation too. This pineapple galette looks amazing. My grandfather-in-law loves pineapple. I will have to make this for him the next time he comes to visit. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. This looks really yummy. And the wine aswell. I am a big wine lover like you. Greetings from Switzerland :)

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