I’ve always seen galettes as the cooler, more sophisticated older sister to a traditional fruit pie. I’ve been ogling them for so long it’s embarrassing, so I’m thrilled to report (after making my first galette!) that they are actually easy to throw together! Seriously. Galettes are so much easer than making a double crust fruit pie. And with their exposed fruit and rustic look, they’re just as enticing for any pie lover! Since rustic is the name of the game, you don’t even really have to worry about making them pretty!
For this Blueberry Galette, you’ll whip up the dough in a food processor or blender, mix your berries with a few ingredients, and build your galette by wrapping the dough up and over the filling – that’s it! You don’t have to make a pretty border, cut a lattice, or worry about perfectly positioning a top crust. You just fold the dough right over, making sure to smooth together any tears and voilà! You have a beautiful dessert reminiscent of homemade pie but with half the work!
Dairy-Free Blueberry Hazelnut Galette
1/3 cup hazelnuts (with skin on)
1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
3/4 tsp fine sea salt or table salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, solid
~5 Tbsp ice cold water
2 cups fresh* blueberries, rinsed and dried
1 1/2 Tbsp tapioca starch/flour (or 3/4 Tbsp corn starch)
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 large egg, beaten
1.) Add hazelnuts, flour, salt, and coconut sugar to a food processor or blender and blend until hazelnuts are ground to a fine meal. Add the solid coconut oil and blend until combined. Add 2 Tbsp of ice water and blend, scraping down the sides as necessary. Continue adding ice water 1 Tbsp at a time until dough comes together (I ended up adding about 5 1/2 Tbsp of ice water).
2.) Dump the dough onto a piece of plastic and shape into a ball. Wrap dough ball in the plastic and flatten to a disc shape. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm enough to roll out.
3.) Preheat your oven to 375°F. In a medium bowl, mix the blueberries with the tapioca starch, coconut sugar, and lemon juice; set aside.
4.) On a piece of parchment paper, roll your chilled dough out into a large circle about 1/8 – 1/4” thick (it can be a bit rectangular, too!). Use a little flour to keep the dough from sticking to your rolling pin. Pour blueberry mixture onto the middle of your rolled out crust, leaving ~1 1/2” of exposed crust at the edge for folding. Pour any extra liquid over the blueberries.
5.) Brush the exposed crust edge with the whisked egg and begin folding the entire edge over the blueberries. Work your way around the galette until you’ve folded it all up (don’t worry about it being perfect!), making sure to seal any holes or tears. Brush the top of the crust with egg and sprinkle with a bit of coconut sugar (optional).
6.) Gently transfer your galette (with the parchment paper) onto a baking sheet. Bake at 375°F for around 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling. Let your galette cool a bit before topping it with your favorite ice cream. Slice and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.