Blueberry Galette

August 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Megen!

It is my beautiful and
talented sister Megen’s birthday today, and to help celebrate her special day,
I’ve made a tasty blueberry galette.
Megen is the first born in
our family, and for any of you lucky enough to have an older sibling, you will
likely understand this following statement. Megen is the epitome of cool. Growing up I wanted to be just like Megen; I listened
to country music, because she did, I folded over my jeans to make them super
tapered, because she did, I even stopped eating red meat because she did. Megen
had the coolest friends, the most fun fashions, and was always ready to try
something new. And you know what? Not much has changed.
  
I still strive, every day,
to be more like Megen; she is so thoughtful and caring toward her family and
friends, she is, hands down, one of the most talented and creative people that
I know, and she is not afraid to dream, and dream big. She is willing to take
risks, she doesn’t even flinch at the idea of change, and she turns everything
into a positive experience. Megen knows how to live, and she does it well.
To honor Megen’s birthday I
wanted to make a variation on one of her favorite desserts, blueberry pie. This
slight twist offers a visually different look, while yielding the same
delicious results. I used my mom’s perfectly flaky pie crust to wrap gently
around the deliciously sweet, yet subtly tart, blueberry filling; let me tell
you, it’s pretty tasty. Top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and you’re
in blueberry heaven. 
Megs, I wish I could share
this dessert with you today; next time we are home I will make it special so
that we can enjoy it together 🙂
Do you have any siblings in
your family? Where do you fall? Let me know below!

Blueberry
Galette

Yields: 6 medium or 8 small
slices
Ingredients:

Pie Crust:

  • 3/4
    cup all purpose flour – plus more for dusting
  • 1/4
    cup shortening
  • 1/4
    tsp. salt
  • 1
    beaten egg – divided
  • 1/4
    tsp. vinegar
  • 1
    tbls. plus 2 tsp. cold water

Blueberry Filling:

  • 3
    cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2
    cup plus 1 tbls. sugar – divided
  • 2
    tbls. corn starch 
  • 1/2
    tbls. lemon juice
  • 1/4
    tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4
    tsp. salt
Directions:

Pie Crust:

  1. In a food processor combine flour, shortening and salt. Pulse until pea sized pebbles form.
  2. In a small bowl beat together 1 tbls. beaten egg (the rest is reserved for later) vinegar and water.
  3. Pour liquid into food processor and pulse just until dough comes together.
  4. Remove dough from food processor, knead a few times, and form into a disk.
  5. Wrap disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate 15-30 minutes (or longer).

Blueberry Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. While dough chills, mix together blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, corn starch, lemon juice, cinnamon and salt.

Assembly:

  1. Lightly dust a large surface with flour.
  2. Roll out pie crust into a large, thin circle.
  3. Transfer crust to a parchment lined baking sheet, preferably with an edge. (This prevents the blueberry juice from running over the edge of the pan.)
    • If you do not have a pan with an edge, I would recommend putting a larger pan on the rack below your blueberry pan, to catch any potential juice run-off.
  4. Pour blueberry filling into the center of the pie crust, leaving a 1 1/2-2 inch border.
  5. Fold edge of crust over the filling.
  6. Brush edge of the dough with remaining beaten egg, and sprinkle with 1 tbls. of sugar.
  7. Place in oven for 60-70 minutes, or until dough is flakey and golden brown and the filling is bubbly.  If your crust gets too brown, simply cover with aluminum foil. I covered mine around 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and let stand at least 15 minutes to allow the corn starch to firm up the filling.
  9. Enjoy!

Pie Crust from my mom
Blueberry filling adapted from Epicurious

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3 Comments

  • Reply Meg August 14, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    aww Paula, I've got tears in my eyes. Thanks for starting my birthday day off so beautifully. I love you!

    • Reply Paula M August 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      I love you too Megs, have a wonderful day!!

  • Reply Holly August 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

    A lovely tribute to your sister. I strive to be more like my sister too, only as you know she's younger. 🙂

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