I couldn't just toss them, and they're pie cherries, so they're a little too tart to just eat plain, so I had to find something special to use them in. Something that would do them justice, but let me pair them with something else to make up the difference. Introducing, the galette! The perfect use for ANY random summer fruits and berries you have lying around that really need to get used up. You're gonna love it! :)
Cherry Blackberry Galette
1 prepared pie crust, thawed and cool (homemade or storebought)
about 4 cups of fruit (I used about a third cherries and two-thirds blackberries)
1/2-2/3 cup sugar (depending on the tartness of the fruit you're using)
1 1/2 Tb cornstarch
1 Tb lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon heavy cream and 1/2 tsp vanilla, for brushing
coarse sugar and sliced almonds, for sprinkling
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Stir together the cherries, sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, salt and almond extract in a large bowl. Set aside
On a piece of parchment paper, roll the dough out to 12-13 inches in diameter. (Don't worry if the edges are a little rough) Pile the fruit mixture in the center, leaving about a 2-inch border around the fruit.
Gently fold the border up around the fruit, making 5-8 creases.
Brush the folded edges of crust with the egg wash, and sprinkle the crust generously with the coarse sugar and sliced almonds (optional). Move the finished galette and parchment paper to a rimmed baking sheet.
Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling in the center, 30-65 minutes, until fruit juices are bubbling and crust is golden brown. Check often! (Baking times will vary greatly depending on the fruit you use. If your crust is browning too fast, cover loosely with aluminum foil. With my mix of blackberries and cherries, it took about 55 minutes to fully bake) Remove the pan from the oven and cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack. After that, transfer the parchment directly to the wire rack to cool completely before serving.
Top with some cream or ice cream, and you've got a warm, tangy, summery dessert in no time. A lovely way to use up our poor, lonely cherries. :)
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