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Fresh Fig Galette

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Fill this free-form tart with figs or a combination of figs and peaches or nectarines-both are ripe and luscious during fig season, use just sugar to sweeten the figs, or add minced candied ginger or a pinch of ground cinnamon. Look for coarse baker’s sugar to sprinkle on the outside of the pastry before baking to give the galette a professional look.

Makes8 servings

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationlactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Equipmentfood processor

Mealbrunch, dinner, tea

Taste and Texturebuttery, fruity, juicy, sweet

Type of Dishtart

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼-inch pieces
  • ¼ cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 pounds (about 15) firm ripe green figs, sterns trimmed, cut into ½-inch-thick wedges
  • 1 egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 tablespoon coarse baker’s sugar, or 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • Confectioners’ sugar, optional

Instructions

  1. Place ¼ cup water in a measuring cup and add an ice cube; set aside. Combine the 2 cups flour, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the salt in the bowl of a food processor; pulse to blend. Gradually add the butter, pulsing to blend. Add the shortening and pulse just until the butter and shortening have formed fine crumbs and are evenly distributed. With the motor running, drizzle the iced water, 1 tablespoon at a time, through the feed tube, pulsing until the mixture is dampened and comes together easily. (You might not need all of the water.)

  2. Turn the pastry out onto a piece of aluminum foil, and with floured hands gather it into a ball. Flatten it to form a disc shape, wrap it in foil, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. When you are ready to bake the galette, preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly butter a large cookie sheet.

  4. Combine the 3 tablespoons flour and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a large bowl; stir to blend. Add the figs; toss lightly to coat them with the flour mixture.

  5. Roll the chilled pastry out on a lightly floured pastry cloth, using a rolling pin covered with a lightly floured stocking, to form a round about 14 inches in diameter. Using the pastry cloth, carefully invert the pastry onto the cookie sheet.

  6. Spoon the fig filling onto the center of the pastry, spreading it to 3 inches from the edges. Fold the edges of the pastry in and over the filling, leaving a portion of exposed fruit in the center. Lightly brush the pastry with the egg mixture, and sprinkle it lightly with the baker’s sugar.

  7. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350°F and bake until the crust is golden and the filling is hot and bubbly, 30 to 35 minutes. Place the cookie sheet on a wire rack and allow to cool for 20 minutes. Then slide the galette off the cookie sheet onto the wire rack to finish cooling.

  8. If you did not use the baker’s sugar, sprinkle sieved confectioners’ sugar lightly over the galette just before serving.

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