Nov 162010

I actually have an entirely different and lovely story to tell regarding this plum galette.

But after working on the computer for endless hours, troubleshooting the problems i have encountered with Photoshop, browsers and now, a new updated version of my blog’s theme, i have lost all interest.

All i want to do is pull out every strand of my hair and cry.

You can never imagine my frustration unless you are in my shoes :(

Heck, i don’t even know what colours that you will be seeing on your screen when viewing my photos! Are they tinted like how they have appeared on both my Photoshop and Firefox? Or they look au naturel and nice just like what i’m seeing on my IE, Windows Viewer and Paint Shop Pro?

Trust me, i have no idea which is the so-called real colour of these photos of mine but i’m leaning towards what i’m seeing on my IE, Windows Viewer and Paint Shop Pro.. mainly because that is how the photos look like when i captured them weeks earlier and importantly, that is the colour i am seeing on my camera.

Calibrated monitors, colour management, sRGB… i have read them all and tried to rectify the problem with every ounce of my energy but to no avail. What is worst is that, the colours of the photos i have already stored and edited to perfection previously are now all tinted and look different in all 3 browsers (IE – the only browser that is not colour managed, Firefox and Safari)!

However, the photos which i have just uploaded today, hmmm… they look the same in all 3 browsers + Paint Shop Pro but N.O.T. in Photoshop.

Can you say ‘arghhhh‘??  :((

Initially i wanted to combine some of these pictures side by side but with the new photo-editing softwares (namely Paintshop Pro and CS5), i have no idea how even though i’ve googled and scanned through the answers!

I’m seriously getting a splitting headache here.


I wish i could just go to some experts and let the experts solve my problems for me… for once and for all + to teach me how to use these newly installed photo-editing softwares too!

Anyway, enough of my sad and depressing story.

These galettes are simply outta this world! The crust is buttery and crispy and oh well, in another word, perfect! Y’know.. just one bite and you’ll go ‘OMG’ sort?

I must say, it’s the awesome recipe and it’s not me.. as usual ^_^

(hey, the stuff i bake is too easy to say, it’s me me and me who made it perfect, as much as i wanted it to be :P)

(And of course, if my bakes turn out blaahhh, it’s also the recipe and not me! LOL. Okieee, kidding!)

Oohhh.. the lemon zest that goes into the fruit mixture is a must in my opinion. It simply adds zzzZZzzing to the palate. It’s rather refreshing ;)

Plum Galette

(adapted from here – i halved the recipe)

Yields 4 x 4-5″ galettes

1 pound or 455 g unsalted butter, very cold
1 cup of water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/3 cups of all purpose flour
2 2/3 cups of pastry flour

Egg wash
1 egg
Brown sugar, for sprinkling

4 – 5 plums, cut (do pick the hard ones)
2-3 tbsp of sugar (i’d up this to 4 but then, it does depend on how tart your plums are!)
1/2 lemon zest
*mix all 3 above but bear in mind not to let it sit too long untouched. the fruits do get soft and you won’t want that ;)

To make the dough, cut the butter into 1-inch cubes and put them in the freezer. Measure the water, dissolve the salt into it and put into the freezer as well. Chill both for about 10 minutes.

Measure the flour onto a large, flat work surface and spread into a rectangle about 1cm thick. Scatter the butter cubes over the flour and toss a little flour over the butter so that your rolling pin won’t stick, and begin rolling. When the butter starts flattening out into long, thin pieces, use a bench scraper to scoop up the sides of the rectangle so that it is the size that you started with. Repeat the rolling and scraping 3 or 4 times.

Make a well in the center and pour all of the water into it. Using the bench scraper, scoop the sides of the dough into the center, cutting the water through the dough. Keep scraping and cutting until the dough is a shaggy mass and shaped into a rectangle.

Lightly dust the top with flour and roll out the rectangle until it is half as large again, then scrape the top, bottom and sides together to the original size and re-roll. Repeat 3 or 4 times until you have a smooth and cohesive dough. Transfer rectangle of dough to a large baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and chill for about an hour.

When you are ready to roll the dough, divide it into 2 equal portions if making large galettes or 12 equal portions for small ones. Roll the dough into circle shapes by rolling from the center to each end, not flattening the end points. Turn the pastry so the flattened out corners are at the top and bottom. Again, roll from the center towards the points nearest and farthest to you, stopping short of the top and bottom. Roll the thicker areas and you will begin to see a circle forming. Transfer to baking sheets and chill for 10 minutes.

Spread a layer a layer of crushed digestive biscuits on the bottom of each circle of dough (i like it dry and crisp at the bottom, not wet and soggy), fill the center of each dough circle with fruit, leaving a 5cm edge uncovered on the large galettes or a 2cm edge on the small ones. Taste the fruit for sweetness and determine how much sugar you want to use to sweeten it. Sprinkle with brown sugar, typically using 2-4 tablespoons for large galettes and 1-2 teaspoons for small ones. Fold in the sides of the circle to cover the fruit partially. Chill for another 10 minutes.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 190ºC (375ºF). To make the egg wash, whisk the egg in a small bowl. Brush the egg wash over the pastry edges and then sprinkle with brown sugar.

Bake the galettes until the crust has visibly puffed and baked to dark brown and the juice from the fruit is bubbling inside – 45-60 minutes for large galettes and 40-50 minutes for small galettes. Rotate the baking sheets at the midway point to ensure even baking. Remove from the oven and serve hot or at room temperature.


  19 Responses to “Plum Galette”

  1. I haven’t even had a bite and I’m already going OMG! It looks like something you get in France

  2. Hey Cherie,

    Regardless of whether these photos are tinted or not, I think they look great and these galettes look super yummy! I’m tempted to try it looking at how simple it is to make and with the abundance of plums here :).

    I hope your photo editing issues get solved soon! Smile :)

  3. I think the photos look amazing! What a treat that is!

  4. john : LOL! i’ve not been to France, so i cannot comment :P

    alison : thanks dearie.. i’m keeping my fingers crossed. best is to get a new machine!! hahaa!! yes, do give it a try.. it’s super duper easy! importantly, it’s delishhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    3hungrytummies : thank you! but the colourrr… i hope u are not seeing the yellowish ones!

  5. wow, i’m drooling already when I saw those photos :P

  6. your photos and colours look great to me. PS color settings I use sRGB… other modes may look more washed out I think. These galettes are gorgeous!

  7. I think the photos look fab :) and what a galette! yummo!

  8. Being a french american… OHHHHHHHHH I miss France so much…. if i could, I would pack up and move there pronto… I live in Tokyo.. forceable learned Japanese, but the only language I am interested in REALLY is French…but I do it a disfavor by not know the language, yet so proud of my heritage (mixed as it may be)

    IIIIII totally get your frustration with the photos…. I have to let you know about Light Room… I LOVE This program compared to Photoshop (esp having actions, etc) but I need both.. does that even make sense?

    P.s. What’s your hardware?

  9. I don’t know WHAT you’re talking about, because I specifically came over here from Foodgawker to ask you how the heck you made this picture so beautiful. I love the color/texture/crisp/soft everything about the picture.
    How DID you do this?
    I think I need a tutorial from you.

  10. I’m so glad you enjoyed the galette, it’s one of my favourite fruit-based desserts!

  11. I have no input on photo-editing software cos I don’t use those you have mentioned plus, no matter how I edit, the photos are not going to turn out as beautiful as yours…hee heee..blame it on my point-and-shoot camera and me, the photographer :(

  12. These look so very good! Not sure what effects you were aiming for but it does look yellow tinted on my screen but hey, that makes it even warmer and more inviting!

  13. umasou : hehehe… thanks!

    noobcook : i’ve set it to sRGB as well. never had i used RGB before. i think my PS has gone bonkers. gonna buy a new one. hope that will solve my battle :(

    anh : thanks dearie :D

    girl japan : Tokyo!! one of the cities in my radar. u have no idea how much i envy you! lol! hardware? Hmmmm… that i need to ask my husband. is it related?!? i’ve been using the same old desktop for years! but yes, let me know about Light Room!

    mariko : LOL! your comment made my day, like totally! seriously.. i do have problem with my Photoshop and i have no idea which is the ‘real’ colour anymore.

    chocolate shavings : i’m gonna make so many version of galettes because of the awesome recipe! thank you!

    tigerfish : awww.. don’t say that. bet u’ll laugh your head off if you see my previous photos! hahahahaah!! hey, as long as the food is good, who cares about the photos right? ^_^

    shirley : yellow tint is never what i had in mind.. boo hoooooo!!

  14. The pictures are beautiful on my screen! :)
    What a delicious looking galette. I always love the color of plums when they’ve been baked!

  15. i know exactly how u feel. my pictures are of different shades when i view them with diff computers as well. Lol. your pics look beautiful in my desktop. :) I have never tried making plum galettes, but i am definitely with you when it comes to adding lemon juice to fruitty bakes. YUMM!

  16. Your photos are more beautiful than anything I could produce, and these galettes look DIVINE! I actually have some plums on the counter that were so tempting at the farmers market but haven’t been selling here @ home. This recipe looks like just the thing! Thanks! I’m so glad to have discovered your blog.

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  18. caitlin : i was pleasantly surprised when i saw the colors too! it was my first time using plums in bake. very lovely :)

    crustabakes : do give it a go. you’ll be surprised how delicious these galettes are ;)

    rivki : thank youuuuu and welcome on board!! :D

  19. A scrumptious galette!!

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