This blackberry galette is a delicious quick and easy dessert. Refrigerated pie crust combines with frozen berries for a simple dessert that looks elegant and impressive and tastes amazing.
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A berry galette is like a pie but without the fuss. Making a pie seems intimidating and complicated, but a galette is stress free.
This blackberry galette is made even easier because I use frozen berries to make it. With a bag of frozen berries, a refrigerated pie crust and a few pantry staples you can have a delicious homemade dessert.
What is Galette?
A galette, also called a crostata, is just a rustic one crust tart. Pie crust is folded around fresh or frozen fruit for a combination of warm fruit with crispy crust.
The best thing about a galette is that is is supposed to be messy. It is a rustic dessert, so there are no nice even edges, flutes or perfectly measured folds.
Just fold the edges up and don’t worry about it. If some of the fruit oozes out onto the tray so what? Just spoon it up and drizzle it over the galette.
The ingredients for this dessert are very simple.
- Pie crust
- frozen blackberries (fresh works also)
- lemon juice
I like to keep the sugar in the filling to a minimum. Summer berries are sweet already, they don’t need much sugar added.
In addition to make the dessert look more elegant I sprinkle sparkling sugar on the crust. This is optional, but it does make the galette look very fancy and adds some more sweetness.
Fresh or Frozen Blackberries
Either frozen or fresh berries work well in this dessert. If it is summer I like to pick blackberries or raspberries and use them in baking.
But most of the year I don’t have fresh berries and fresh ones from the grocery store are expensive. So it is easy to use frozen berries and have a taste of summer on a gray day.
The recipe is slightly different if you are using fresh berries, because you need a little bit less cornstarch to thicken up the filling. All the details are in the recipe card below.
Using Other Berries
You don’t have to make this with blackberries. A bag of frozen mixed berries like raspberries, blackberries and blueberries would work well, or any of those berries by themselves.
Frozen strawberries would also work as long as they are sliced. Unsliced strawberries are a little too big for this galette, and it is difficult to cut frozen strawberries.
How to Make Blackberry Galette
1. Unroll the Pie Crust
Then unroll the pie crust and place it in the middle of the baking sheet. The folding will work better if the pie crust is at room temperature.
2. Make the Filling
The filling is made by mixing the blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch in a bowl. If you have fresh lemon it is also delicious to grate some lemon zest into the filling.
Mix the ingredients well so that the berries are coated with the cornstarch and sugar.
3. Fold the Galette
Mound the filling up into the center of the pie crust. Leave a 1 1/2 to 2 inch border around the edge for folding.
Gently fold the empty edges up onto the filling in the middle, folding the crust as you go. Remember, messy folds are fine, they make it look more rustic.
My experience in making galettes is that if I accidentally rip the crust as I fold it I end up with juice leaking out as it bakes. If I am careful and don’t rip the crust nothing leaks.
4. Add the Butter
Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter them around on the filling. The idea is for the butter and cornstarch to combine as the galette bakes and thicken the filling slightly.
5. Sprinkle Sugar
This step is optional, but it makes the galette extra pretty! Use a pastry brush to brush water or egg white onto the folded up edges of the pie crust.
Then sprinkle sparking sugar or turbinido sugar onto the edges. This makes the galette sparkle after it is baked.
Bake the galette in a preheated oven for about 25 minutes until it is brown and the filling is bubbly.
Let the galette cool for about 20 minutes before serving. The filling will thicken slightly on standing, so letting it cool will make it less messy when it is cut.
How to Serve a Galette
The blackberry galette is delicious served by itself. It is also extra delicious if you top it with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream!
This galette is an easy to make deconstructed pie. It is great to keep the ingredients on hand so that you can make it at a moment’s notice.
If unplanned guests stop by or you just want a sweet treat at the end of a long day it is always a welcome surprise.
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- 1 refrigerated pie crust
- 2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 egg white (optional)
- 1 Tablespoon coarse sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400 F.
- Unroll the pie crust and lay it flat on a tray.
- In a bowl mix the blackberries, with sugar, cornstarch and lemon juice.
- Put the blackberries in the center of the pie crust, piling them up.
- Fold up the sides of the crust around the berries. Be careful not to tear the crust as you fold it.
- Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter them on top of the berries.
- If desired brush the crust with egg white and sprinkle sugar on the crust. This will make it look more decorative.
- Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes until the filling is bubbly and the crust is brown.
- Let cool before cutting.
If using fresh berries reduce the cornstarch to 2 Tablespoons.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 355Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 218mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g
Nutrition facts are estimates.