Fresh Cherry Galette with Basil and Cream
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Serves: 8
  • 1¼ cup unbleached white flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons frozen unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup ice cold water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • A tablespoon or so of coarse sugar for sprinkling on the crust
For the Filling
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • pinch of salt
  • juice of half a small lemon
  • 10 to 12 small purple basil leaves, or about a tablespoon of chopped basil
  • 4 cups cherries pitted and halved (about 2 pounds before pitting) (see note below)
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon water
  1. To prepare crust, combine flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse twice to combine.
  2. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together yogurt, water, and lemon juice. Pour over flour mixture and use hands or a wooden spoon to form dough into a ball.
  4. Wrap in plastic and store in freezer for 20 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. To prepare filling, whisk together brown sugar, flour, and salt. In a large bowl, toss the flour mixture with the cherries, basil, and lemon juice until well combined.
  7. To assemble galette: On a well floured surface, roll the chilled dough into a 12-inch circle, trimming edges until smooth. Transfer dough to lined baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, spread the cherry mixture evenly over dough. Fold over the edges of dough, pleating to make it fit.
  8. Whisk together egg yolk and water. Brush over the crust and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until cherries are tender and bubbly and crust is golden brown.
  9. Serve with buttermilk whipped cream (recipe link in post above) or your favorite vanilla ice cream. Garnish with additional purple basil.
I highly recommend using two different types of cherries - like dark sweet cherries and skylar rae cherries. The combination of flavors is delicious! Also, you may need to adjust the sugar slightly depending on how sweet your cherries are. The cherries I recommend here are very sweet.
Recipe by Some the Wiser at