If you're a regular visitor to my site, by now you've realized that I haven't published for a very long time. We just moved to a downsized home AND I had double knee surgery. It definitely has given me time to think about what I'd like to do. And, I will probably RETIRE!! I'm still baking and cooking plenty, but I don't seem to have the energy to photograph and document every step. So until I do decide if I want to take down my site, I thought I would republish this lovely recipe that is great for the wintertime. Enjoy.
I've made these pastries several times over the last month, trying different shapes, fillings, etc. For pickups, turnovers work great, but for desserts that get plated, these galettes contain twice as much fruihen and are terrific when people are sitting, and forks are available. Directions for the turnovers follow. I've used Pink Lady apples here, because you need an apple that won't give off too much liquid. The apples stay firm and the sweetness nicely complements the blackberries (if unavailable, try Pinatas or Jazz apples). If seedy blackberries aren't to your liking, try them with blueberries. The pastry dough is also wonderful in this galette. It seems like a puff pastry, yet it's simple to make and has a complexity to the taste that goes great with the simple taste of the berries.
Makes 16 3-1/2-inch galettes or turnovers
2-1/2 cups (11.4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour, fluffed, scooped and leveled
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
14 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
8 ounces cream cheese, cold
1/3 cup heavy cream, cold
4 cups Pink Lady Apples, (about 4) peeled and cored
1 medium lemon
9 ounces blackberries, washed and patted dry
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons heavy cream
2 tablespoons coarse sugar
For the Pastry: Place the flour, sugar and salt in a processor, and process for 10 seconds to mix ingredients. Add the butter, and the cream cheese by tablespoonfuls to the processor. Pulse-process for 8-10 pulses until the fats are cut into lentil-sized pieces. Add the cream, and process for 8-10 seconds until the dough starts to gather. Turn the dough out onto a work surface. Smear bits of the dough down against the surface with the heel of the hand, to incorporate the fat into the dough (this is called Fraisage). Gather the dough together, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least two hours and preferably overnight.
For the Filling: Dice the apples into 1/4-1/2-inch pieces, place in a large bowl, and sprinkle them with lemon juice. Stir in the sugar and all but 3 tablespoons of blackberries. Let the mixture macerate while you prepare the pastry.
Assembly and Baking: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. with a rack in the middle of the oven. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cut the dough in half, wrap and return 1/2 to the refrigerator, and roll the remaining piece out on a lightly floured board, into a rectangle, about 1/2-inch thick (size isn't all that important). Fold the dough into thirds, like a letter, and then roll the dough again to about 1/16-inch thick
Because you are going to cut the dough into large rounds, and because it is thin, the circles tend to change shape if you try and lift them from the board onto the parchment paper. Therefore, I like to transfer the entire rolled dough sheet to the parchment lined cookie sheet, and cut out the final shapes right on the sheet. Once the rounds are cut, the excess dough can be removed. For a nice serving size, I use a 6-inch cutter (the top of my cookie-cutter box is the perfect size). Once the edges get turned up, the finished pastry will be about 3-1/2 inches round.
If you have more than about 1/4 cup of juices in the fruit bowl, drain the fruit, reserving the excess juice. Stir the cornstarch into the fruit.
Doing 1 pastry at a time, spoon a heaping teaspoonful of filling into the center of a round, leaving about 1-inch all around with no filling on it. Fold the inch of dough up, all around the perimeter of the pastry. The dough will naturally make pleats.
When all the edges are up, press lightly downward on the pastry top to seal together the pleats and to make it so that when the pastry bakes it won't open up too much.
Brush the edges with a little cream, and sprinkle generously with the coarse sugar.
Place the cookie sheet in the refrigerator while you prepare the second sheet of pastry (if you don't have a refrigerator large enough to accommodate a cookie sheet, this step can be skipped. The pastries won't be quite as crisp, but no one will complain!). Chill the pastries for about 10 minutes, or until the dough has just firmed up. Spoon about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of juice (not the reserved juice, but the juice with the cornstarch in it) into the center of each pastry, and set them into the oven. Bake for about 20-27 minutes, until well browned and bubbly.
Repeat with the second sheet of pastries.
While the pastries are cooking, you can either make a little glaze or extra fruit to add to the pastries. Cut the remaining blackberries in half, and either stir in a little of the excess juice, or some of the juice that has some cornstarch mixed into it. If it has the starch, it should be heated for 10-15 seconds, or until the raw starch taste is gone and the mixture has thickened lightly. This extra fruit can either be brushed over the hot fruit (not on the pastry) or a little bit can be spooned on to add texture and moisture to the baked pastries.
To make turnovers, you need to cut all of the blackberries in half, and let the fruit macerate with the sugar for at least 20 minutes. Add the starch just before shaping, as with the galettes. Roll the dough into a rectangle ( the dough should be a bit thicker - maybe a scant 1/8-inch). You want to cut the rectangles to be about 4x4, so roll the dough to a size that is workable for you, rolling it slightly larger than you need it in case it shrinks when you cut it.
Because your really can't have any juice in these, I like to sprinkle the rectangles with powdered sugar to compensate for the sugar that is left in the juice you can't really use. After they are sprinkled, cradle 1 rectangle in your hand and spoon a heaping teaspoonful of drained filling into the center (use a slotted spoon because the fruit will continue to ooze juice as it sits).
Bring two opposite pointy sides and seal together, and then seal along the whole edge.
Now you need to make sure that the edge is well sealed. I pinch it tightly closed and then roll the edge slightly upward, as if you were making a pie crust edge. Hopefully this will prefent the turnover from splitting open when it bakes. Set the turnover on a parchment lined sheet. Cut a slit in the top of each turnover. Brush the turnovers with either cream, or an egg yolk whisked with 1/2 teaspoon of water, and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 20-25 minutes until nicely browned.