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Happy Birthday Julia!

Today would have been Julia Child’s 99th birthday. Julia is a woman that I look up to and admire, because of her zest for life, and her never quit attitude. Without Julia, we wouldn’t have modern cooking shows… she did it first. Without Julia, my culinary theory of “Never apologize or make excuses” wouldn’t have shaped many, many… let’s call them “interesting”, results. When I’m in Paris on my honeymoon, I plan on having the same “joie de vivre” that Julia did when she lived there.

In honor of her birthday, here is a recipe from the book Baking With Julia.

xo, Mel

Berry Galette, Courtesy of William Morrow/Harper Collins. Contributing Baker: Flo Braker

Makes 4-6 servings

½ recipe Galette dough (see below), chilled
1 ½ cups mixed fresh berries (or cut-up peeled fruit)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it into an 11-inch circle that’s about ⅛ inch thick. Since the dough is soft, you’ll need to lift it now and then and toss some more flour under it and over the top. Roll up the dough around your rolling pin and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.

Spread the berries over the dough, leaving a 2- to 3-inch border. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the fruit and drizzle on the honey, if you’re using it. Cut the butter into slivers and scatter it on top of the fruit. Fold the uncovered border of dough up over the filling, allowing the dough to pleat as you lift it up and work your way around the galette. (Because you’re folding a wide edge of dough onto a smaller part of the circle, it will pleat naturally–just go with it.) Dip a pastry brush in water, give the edge of the crust a light coating, and then sprinkle the crust with the remaining teaspoon of sugar.

Baking the Galette: Bake the galette for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the galette rest on the sheet for 10 minutes. Slip a wide spatula or a small baking sheet under the galette and slide it onto the cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, cutting the tart with a pizza wheel or a sharp knife. Storing: The galette is best eaten the day it is made.

Galette Dough

3 tablespoons sour cream (or yogurt or buttermilk)
⅓ cup (approximately) ice water
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 to 8 pieces

Stir the sour cream and ⅓ cup ice water together in a small bowl; set aside. Put the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in the work bowl of a processor fitted with the metal blade; pulse to combine. Drop the butter pieces into the bowl and pulse 8 to 10 times, or until the mixture is speckled with pieces of butter that vary in size from bread crumbs to peas. With the machine running, add the sour cream mixture and process just until the dough forms soft, moist curds. Chilling the dough: Remove the dough from the processor, divide it in half, and press each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.

 

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