Gallery: How To: 6 Steps To an Easy and Delicious Summer Fruit Pie

If you enjoy summer fruit and farmers’ markets as much as I do, then right now feels like Christmastime. One of the best ways to enjoy the surplus of fruit is to make a galette, a French-style rustic pie. For anyone who loves pies but is intimidated by making the crust, this recipe is super easy and fool-proof. Got Maryland strawberries, New England blueberries, Michigan peaches or Santa Cruz olallieberries? Baking a galette is an way to celebrate the local fruit grown by where you live. And with the 4th of July coming up, now you have an idea of what to bring to the barbeque.

Step One: Make the Pie Dough

You can use just about any recipe, but I use a modified version found in Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.

2 cups organic flour

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

8 tablespoons cold unsalted organic butter (if you are vegan, try using Earth Balance spread or olive oil)

1 tablespoon maple syrup (you can use agave syrup or honey; if you are a traditionalist, use organic sugar)

1/3 to 1/2 cup ice cold water

Mix the dry ingredients. Using a pastry knife, fold the butter into the mixture, leaving pea sized butter cuts. Add the syrup and slowly add the water, kneading until the dough is no longer sticky. Shape it into a ball and let it rest in your refrigerator for 30 minutes.


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