Lets start the week on a sweet note, shall we? How excited are you for summer time and all the summer berries and stone fruit showing up at the farms and stores? I know I am. Also this cherry cardamom galette is one of my favorite summertime things to bake.
So glad that I can go shopping at my local Fred Meyer and buy all the freshest organic cherries, stone fruit and berries for such a good price. I love that they make it accessible for their customers to buy organic. Perfect way to use them up and make galettes. The imperfectly shaped, but ohh so delicious dessert that will make you go back for another slice. One of my favorite stone fruits are CHERRIES. How can you resist the sweet red fruit that will surely stain your hands while you pit them for this dessert… but I promise you will be ok.
I don’t have any fancy tools to pit cherries, I just use the bottom flat part of a bamboo skewer stick and my fingers to get rid of the pits.
The great thing about buying cherries and other organic fruit and veggies at Fred Meyer is that you don’t break the bank for great quality produce. I love feeding my family with great organic produce from Fred Meyers and that’s pretty much our #1 grocery store when it comes to fresh produce, dairy products and meat/fish products. Why pay more somewhere else? The abundant selection of organic produce is great, I have been able to find some items that I can’t find anywhere else. I love that they have stepped up their game in that realm. It’s also great, because i have discovered some veggies and fruit I would have not found somewhere else. So, just saying give Fred Meyer organic selection a try if you haven’t already.
The perfect combination of cardamom, cherry and almond of this beautiful galette will surely make you the star or dessert keeper this summer. I am not the biggest baker, but when it’s summer time and stone fruit and berries are fully available, I make these weekly to use up the leftover fruit at our house. This recipe is so easy to make and interchangeable with whatever fruit or berries you want to mix in.
The almonds on top of the galette give such a nice nutty and crunchy flavor. I love the flavor combination with the three main ingredients. If you say, ohh I don’t like cardamom, well give it a try and see what you think first, because I use to say the same thing and now I’m obsessed with it. Since i am not a cinnamon person, it replaces that warm flavor that you can associate with cinnamon in my opinion.
How gorgeous and moody are all of these dark plates and background. Just like the dark colored cherries I used for the filling. I admit, I might have had more than one slice once I was done with this shoot. This came out so gorgeous and delicious. I can’t wait for you to give this a try and let me know what you think. It would make my day.CHERRY CARDAMOM GALETTE
MAKES 10 inch galette, serves 6-8
1.5 cups of flour
1 tbsp ground cardamom
1 stick of unsalted butter (from the freezer, cut into small cubes)
2 egg yolks (don’t discard the egg whites, you will use them to egg wash the dough)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp muscovado (similar to brown sugar) or cane sugar
3 tbsp ice cold water
2.5 cups Organic cherries
1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp slices almonds
1 egg white (separated from egg yolk from dough)
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp turbinado (coarse) sugar
CARDMOM WHIPPED CREAM:
1.5 cups cold heavy whipping cream
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tbsp powdered sugar
1. Mix together flour, cold butter, water, egg yolks, salt, cardamom and sugar in a food processor or cut it with a pastry cutter until you get pea sized chunks. Use hands to form a disk. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour.
2. Pit the cherries, I used the bottom of a bamboo skewer, perfect if you don’t own a cherry pitter tool. Mix filling with corn starch, sugar and vanilla until coated.
3. Preheat the oven to 425F.
4. Roll out the dough into a 12 inch imperfect circle on parchment paper. Transfer to a cookie sheet.
5. Add the filling in the middle. Fold and pinch the edges toward the center. It will not be perfect and that’s ok.
6. Whisk one egg white and a little bit of cold water together, using a pastry brush, brush the crust of the galette edges. Add sliced almonds and turbinado sugar on top of the edges.
7. Bake for about 35-40 minutes, depends on your oven. Watch the oven to make sure the nuts don’t burn.
8. Remove galette from the oven and let it cool for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack.
9. Whip chilled heavy cream, cardamom and powdered sugar by hand or in a stand mixer until soft peaks form. Dollop generously onto each slice of galette.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fred Meyer. The opinions and text are all mine.
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