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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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)
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.
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.