What is Galette? {Recipe}

The fancy word for this dessert is “Galette”, but in my books, it is a cheater pie. It tastes like pie, it just doesn’t look like it!
Berry Galette

Remember, it’s just a fancy name for cheater pie!

So, you’re still asking yourself, what is Galette?

Answer from Wikipedia:
“Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or free form crusty cakes.”

So does that answer your question? Perhaps not. As I mentioned above, I find Galette to be like a cheater pie because it has all of the exact same ingredients as a pie, it just looks different.
Mixed Berry Galette
I am going to share with you two recipes, one for Berry Galette and another for Peach Galette. It is almost an identical process, except for the Peach Galette, you need to skin your peaches before you begin.

Before you read the actual recipe, please note that the time of 40 minutes preparation is because it takes just under 10 minutes to prepare the pastry and then it has to refrigerate for half an hour. Try not to be overwhelmed by this recipe, it is easier than it looks and sounds!

Berry or Peach Galette
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Amanda from Multi-Testing Mommy
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 6
Galette is just a fancy name for cheater pie! It isn’t as hard as it looks – honest!
  • For the Filling…
  • 2 cups Berries or Skinned and Sliced Peaches (approximate measurement)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 tsp flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup peach or berry juice
  • For the Pastry…
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup COLD butter
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp ice water
  1. First make the pastry.
  2. Stir together salt and flour.
  3. Either shred butter with a cheese grater or cut into large cubes with a knife.
  4. Cut butter into flour mixture until small crumbs form.
  5. Mix together vinegar and ice water.
  6. Add water mixture to the flour/butter mixture and stir well until dough comes together (NOTE: I use my hands to do this and it takes a good minute or two to come together).
  7. Gather dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes (or even overnight).
  8. Next, make the Berry or Peach Mixture.
  9. See instructions for how to peel peaches (Peach Galette).
  10. Slice peaches (Peach Galette).
  11. Wash and measure berries, can use any kind (Berry Galette).
  12. Stir in 1/3 cup sugar into the berry or peach mixture and let sit for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  13. Drain berry or peach mixture and reserve 1/4 cup of the juices.
  14. Mix in the vanilla, cornstarch, flour,, cinnamon and lemon juice into the 1/4 cup of reserved juice.
  15. Add the juice mixture to the berries or peaches and stir to combine.
  16. Take dough out of fridge for approximately 10 minutes prior to rolling.
  17. Roll out dough on a surface sprinkled with icing sugar (powdered sugar) to desired thickness (approximately 1/8th an inch thick). Aim for a rectangular shape.
  18. Place dough on a cookie sheet.
  19. Make cuts into your dough as seen in image below.
  20. Put your filling down the middle of the dough and criss cross the pastry strips across one another, leaving an opening in the middle (see photo of finished product).
  21. Brush dough with milk or an egg wash (1 egg mixed with 2 Tbsp water) and sprinkle with sugar.
  22. Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 30 minutes.
  23. NOTE: Watch for juices running out and keep an eye out for burning.

Some notes:

See how the juices are flowing on the right side? That leaked out and started to burn – it is a better idea to scoop out your mixture with a slotted spoon and drain slightly first!

  • You can roll out your pastry into a circle shape and simply fold over edges, folding in whatever direction the pastry falls.
  • If you like cream cheese, you can spread a mixture of 1/2 cup cream cheese and 1/4 icing sugar with 1 tsp of vanilla and spread it on the pastry prior to adding the berries.

What is your favourite kind of fruit pie? Would you consider making it into a Galette?

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63 Responses to What is Galette? {Recipe}

  1. Heidi C. says:

    This would be perfect with all the beautiful berries available right now!

  2. Nena Sinclair says:

    I’ve heard of galette before, but had no clue what it was, so at least I learned something today! Thanks for sharing!

  3. cole mckinnon says:

    Thank you for the awesome recipe. It’s exactly the kind of sweet I love. I will try to make it though it won’t look like yours.

    • Oh but I think it will, Cole – it isn’t hard to achieve! Be sure to share a photo of yours on my facebook wall – I’d love to see it, no matter what it looks like.

      You may found the round version easer to make!

  4. DARLENE W says:

    I don’t care what it is called. If it tastes good I will eat it

  5. Amy Lovell says:

    This looks super yummy! Thanks ! Def gonna attempt it!

  6. April Farley says:

    A desert that even folks like me, desert baking challenged, can make! It is shameful for me to admit BUT I do admit it. I am NO baker. It is not for lack of trying as I really do give it my best efforts. I just can never seem to get a desert to look good. I never like the taste of my baking endeavors either. My Mama, God rest her sweet soul, could bake like there was no tomorrow in sight. It must have skipped me, that baking gene.
    I appreciate this easy , pretty & yummy sounding recipe! Thanks a heap!

    • LOL the baking gene…..practice does help! When I first moved out of my parents’ house, I was no baker either! I loved the concept, but I had no clue really what I was doing. Time helps! Let me know if you try it out!

  7. April Farley says:

    PS thank you for pointing out to use a slotted spoon & or let the fruit drain a bit or it will scorch. I would not have known had ya not pointed it out and I would have been in tears @ ruining yet another baking adventure. :o) you rock! I pinned this so I do not loose it. <3

  8. Laurie P says:

    This was the last thing I made before my bread maker died. I used it to make the dough, which I divided into 2. I made one apple and the other was berries. Best pastry snack I ever made.

  9. Dreena says:

    The galette looks very tasty! I’m not much of a baker. I’ll pass it on to my friend and hopefully she’ll make it and give some to me!

  10. Yuen Ch says:

    Looks delicious!

  11. Darlene Schuller says:

    Oh dear heavens YES!! I thank you for explaining this and providing those recipes!! I am gonna try the mixed berry I think, I can see topping that with some cool whip or some vanilla ice cream.. mmmmm

  12. Nicole says:

    Omg I’m definitely trying this. I’ve always been afraid to try to make an actual pie because I’m not that skilled of a baker yet..this seems to be in my league! Thank you!!

  13. Brenda Penton says:

    Ohh it is looks fabulous! I’ve never heard of a galette before. I wonder what it would be like with strawberry and rhubarb inside.

  14. Judy Cowan says:

    Looks very tasty! I like the idea of putting the cream cheese mixture in it. Going to have to give this a try, thanks for the recipe!

  15. kathy downey says:

    yum yum,this looks so ood

  16. Cheryl says:

    My husband would LOVE this!

  17. DARLENE W says:

    Always looking for a good dessert that is easy to whip up

  18. Lee-Ann says:

    I love gallettes purely for the fact my pies always look like crap…this works!

  19. DARLENE W says:

    This is great as a dessert but it would be messy to take as a snack for school

  20. Amy says:

    I like Saskatoon Crumble pie. I would consider making a Galette.

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  22. Julie says:

    This looks like a yummy dessert, will have to give it a try!

  23. Wanda Tracey says:

    I love to try new things and this Galette is now on that list.This looks sublime!! Thanks for sharing this lovely recipe.

  24. elizamatt says:

    I really like the sound of this, though I do find it weird that it isn’t just a pie instead of a Galette.

  25. Cahley says:

    Strawberry blueberry is one of my favourite combinations I will have to try this recipe

  26. Treen Goodwin says:

    looks quite tasty , my husband is always asking for desserts so i will try this one out 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

  27. Lynda Cook says:

    These look so good and easy to do, but I know I would screw it up..lol

  28. Jenn Erin L says:

    Yum, this looks amazing!! I had no idea what a galette was before reading this post! Thanks for sharing!!

  29. Terri says:

    Ohhh…this looks incredible!! I can’t wait to make it . Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  30. Holly says:

    Oh my, this looks so delicious! I definitely need to make this.

  31. suzquiz says:

    My fave is strawberry & rubarb would be great in this

  32. Heidi C. says:

    This sounds like a lovely, not-too-heavy dessert that you could easily change up with different fillings.

  33. Elva Roberts says:

    This Strawberry and Blueberry Galette looks positively mouth-watering and delicious. I love Lemon pie, Apple pie and Strawberry pie. I could certainly see myself making a galette and happy to do so.

  34. annet says:

    Omgosh! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner lol What a beautiful galette!

  35. salexis says:

    This looks so good. I think I need to try it with my kids this weekend. Berry season!

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  37. Cheryl says:

    This looks so yummy!! And pretty easy! I must try!! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  38. Christine O'Connor says:

    Looks very tasty

  39. kathy downey says:

    This sure does look delicious !

  40. kathy downey says:

    I love this easy recipe,hubby made it yesterday with blueberries and cherries…one word DELICIOUS !

  41. Cheryl says:

    This looks really yummy!! I know my husband would just love it!!

  42. loriag says:

    I still have blueberries from the summer so I could very easily make this. It looks so good.

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