Friday, October 1, 2010

Fig Galette

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Farmer's market and grocery stores have become my second home lately. Every now and then if I don't have anything important to do I would get my little monster, pick up the diaper bag, grab the keys and off to the farmer's market! Everyone knows me there now and I guess very soon people would start giving me a call if they don't see me for long. But fresh foods really are so interesting and intriguing! Sometimes because of the way they are grown or because of the taste and sometimes just because of the way they look and feel.

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Photographing food helps you appreciate it even more and for many more reasons other than just the taste of it. It was one of those reasons that last week I bought a pound of these cuties! Figs are one of the most gorgeous fruits. Aren't they like most of us? Looking at the exterior, you could never imagine what they'll be like from the inside. Luckily in their case, its a beautiful surprise! When you cut into their contrasting colors, they bring summer back and that's exactly what I needed. After days of rain and dark gloomy weather when sunshine finally decided to shower some love on us, I pulled out these figs from my refrigerator.

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So after a lot of thinking I decided to make a Fig Galette. Why?? Because I love galettes! What I like most about them is that you don't need anything extra, just throw your fruits on the dough and bake them and out comes a sweet present wrapped up in a little purse of crust. You can actually taste the real sweetness of fruit with a slight hint of savory. Very simple and very tasty!

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Now to make it even more simple and easy, I actually cheated a little. I was in so lazy much in hurry that I actually used a store bought pie crust. But if you want to make your galette from scratch, I would recommend you try Simply Recipes perfect pie crust. I've tried it many times and it never disappoints me. Recently Sam of Today's Nest also shared one which also looked great to me, so you can try that as well.

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But whatever you want to do about the crust - buy it from the store or make it at home - I promise that's the only work that you need to do! Here's what the rest of the work is:

Ingredients:

1 pie crust (I used Pillsbury frozen pie crust)
1/2 lb of ripe figs
4 tbsp sugar
1 tsp olive oil
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven upto 375 deg. F.
Trim stems from figs and cut each lengthwise into 4 or 5 slices.
Roll out pie crust and transfer it to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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Sprinkle a little sugar on the dough.
Arrange figs on the dough in concentric circles leaving a little border around the circle.
Sprinkle the rest of the sugar on the figs. Lift pastry edge and fold over filling to make a pleated border.
Brush a little oil on the border.
Bake it for about 50 minutes. (I'm a bit of a restless person so I start peeking inside the oven after 40-45 minutes.) So if you see the rolled over crust to be golden brown and the fruits are bubbling then you know your galette is ready to get out.
Remove from the oven and let it cool for 15 minutes.
Top it with a little whipped cream or a nice vanilla ice cream if you want. I like mine as is.

43 comments:

  1. Wow I love figs and glette so both together with scoop of vanilla icecream oh my god its heaven. And the pictures are awesome as ever....

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  2. Sorry for the spelling mistake..galette :)

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  3. It is such an awesome way to start my day reading your blog. The figs look super cute ........ you are so true to ur words about photographing food. It gives that 'KICK' :-)
    Thanks darling for making my day with this beautiful.

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  4. This looks amazing and easy! I just tweeted it for you. Happy Friday! Beautiful pictures!

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  5. It is splendid and so tempting!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. I love galettes too! There is something especially warm about their free form that is very endearing.. I love figs!! usually they don't long enuf to be made into anythign, unf.. LOL

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  7. This is sooooo beautiful! I love the un-fussiness of galettes, so rustic yet so flavorful; and figs are one of my all time favorite things in the world. Gorgeous photos too!

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  8. I love galettes! Would definitely eat a slice of this with some creme fraiche.

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  9. Your fig galette is making me drool prerna. Awesome snaps as always.

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  10. Wowo that is a beautiful and delicous looking Gallette

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  11. Beautiful pictures as always, Prerna!

    Funny but I just bought a tray of figs the other day as well! We've been having them fresh for dessert, but I've been saving a few for a baking project :o) I'll have to decide today what to do with them!

    Have a great weekend!!

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  12. Thanks for the link to my pie crust post. This post is amazing! I have recently added you to my very short list of inspiration for food photography. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. I was wondering what you would do with the figs :-) Love galettes and when you cheat, it becomes even more easy. Being foodies does not mean we spent hours to enjoy our food right. Looks so so good. Love ALL the pictures.

    ( I haven't been seeing a single fresh fig since last year here. I think it is time we plant our own in the yard).

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  14. Lovely photos. I have never tried figs before I might give it a try now. Thanks :)

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  15. Gorgeous galette! I'm sad that I missed out on fig season here!

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  16. This is a gorgeous galette... I adore figs! I love the simplicity of your recipe. Like you, I would eat this one on its own. The photos are beautiful too! Kudos...

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  17. Just lovely. Beautiful pictures and I bet it tasted delicious too! It's funny, everyone knows me at the farmer's market too.

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  18. This looks beautiful! Simple and rustic. Funny though I haven't seen any figs this time around. Well to be honest its very difficult to find our what's in season or not here.

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  19. I adore galettes as well! The use of blushed figs create a beautiful rustic picture.

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  20. It looks like heaven! This might be the prettiest galette I've ever seen. I'd love a piece with a big dollop of ricotta cream on top!

    You are very right--people are often very surprising when you take the time to find out what's on the inside.

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  21. Your photographs are stunning!! Such a simple galette but packed full of yumminess!

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  22. Gorgeous all the way P...just beautiful! I love galettes for their rustic charm, and yours is a winner!

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  23. Not that everything else about the post didn't impress me, but, man, that first photograph literally took my breath away!

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  24. Never thought of making a galette with figs - just beautiful! Great photography & a great recipe.

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  25. Yum! This has to taste very interesting and delicious. I love the photos and I can't stop wondering how you could create such wonderful lighting for the first pic. :) Petra

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  26. galettes love them....those figs tempting, should give it a go!

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  27. Gorgeous gallette! Almost too beautiful to eat --- almost.

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  28. What a fantastic, simple tart. This looks amazing! And your pictures are just beautiful.

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  29. Gorgeous Blog & Recipes!!! I love your photography! :)

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  30. All so gorgeous! The tart, figs, everything. It's great that you've developed a close relationship to the local food growers.

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  31. your photos are getting better and better. Good job!

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  32. awesome clicks as always...the galette looks great with those dotted pieces of figs.

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  33. I wanted to buy some figs yesterday after seeing this recipe - but they are way too expensive. I am going to have to wait a month for my fig tree to start giving me purple gems for free. Love the free form tart.

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  34. Gasp! The first picture is gorgeous! I agree - Farmer's Markets are so amazing - the amount of fresh produce at such a great price.

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  35. If I can find some fresh figs, I will make this, as my husband has been drooling over this galette all week!

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  36. Prerna, Just wanted to drop by and leave you a comment. Love this fig galette and for that matter your entire blog is gorgeous! Such a beautiful site. Love your honest writing! We have been on a fig roller coaster and your galette is stunning. So happy we crossed paths. Shulie

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  37. Hi Prerna,
    first time here...
    Fig galette looks absolutely tempting and healthy...figs are my favourite....next time i buy them, will definitely remember this recipe of urs :)
    very beautiful space with stunning photography ...

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  38. Hi I am following your blog past few days and I am totally impressed with your photography. Please let me know what camera do you use and did you take the first picture in natural light? Where did you buy this painted wooden board. Help me !!!

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  39. Prerna,
    Excellent composition, Gorgeous pictures..(You already know!)
    If I could, I would devour it right on my monitor..
    BTW, where do you get your props from?(rustic antique looking cutlery, burlap bags etc)
    I have been hopelessly hunting for small burlap bags..
    -Radhika

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  40. I love figs and glette so both together with scoop of vanilla icecream oh my god its heaven.

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