You guys! I have so much to tell you about this galette! I never planned to blog about it, but I took a few phone photos because galettes are among the prettiest things to see in the world. It was so tasty that I need to urge you to make it, too.
It was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and he spent 3 hours of it driving to come see me. I quickly realized I needed to have a birthday dessert ready for him. I mean, last year I made him this Banana Coconut Cream Pie and I was under a bit of self-imposed pressure to deliver. I had several ripe organic peaches on my kitchen counter and I was hoping to make something with rhubarb this spring. It might be hard to find peach season and rhubarb season coinciding in your area and in my area, too, but it all came together beautifully.
On Saturday morning I went to the grocery store to pick up the salmon for our barbecue and saw the most beautiful magenta rhubarb stalks. I grabbed a couple and went to the checkout. The slim lady at the checkout asked me to verify that it was indeed rhubarb, which I did. She proceeded to look through her produce book and after several heavy sighs told me to just take them! I tried to offer to verify the price by going back to produce area, but she said the new produce books were impossible to look through and she didn’t want to keep me waiting. So I received some of the prettiest rhubarb I’ve ever seen for free.
I kind of winged the whole thing because I was a little preoccupied with getting the house ready for guests and everything else in order for the barbecue. I had 2 disks of pie crust in the freezer and normally I’d transfer it to the refrigerator to thaw overnight, but I put it on the counter for a few hours until it was a bit malleable, but still cold. I cut up the 2 stalks of rhubarb in 1/2 inch slices and then I sliced two peaches and added it to the rhubarb. I wasn’t sure I had enough sweet peach slices to balance out the tartness of the rhubarb, but I went with it. What resulted was a lightly sweetened and completely delicious galette. Maybe my best one yet.
When my parents arrived, they both instantly noticed the galette on my cutting board. Galettes are such lookers, you know? They separately asked what was in it. I told my Dad and he seemed to react positively. Then my Mom told me she loved rhubarb but that Dad doesn’t care for it. Eek. This story has a happy ending, though, because rhubarb lovers, rhubarb haters and rhubarb in-betweeners all enjoyed this galette.. There was just enough sweet peach and sugar to make everyone a fan of rhubarb. Sometimes I think that galettes are one of the top 5 things to ever happen to me.
If you have never made a galette, I think you should give it a try. If pie scares you, this is a nice stepping stone on your way up to pie. It’s all the flaky crust and fruit filling without some of the fuss of a pie. Choose a fruit or two that is in season and you are halfway to a dreamy galette.