Figs are a favorite of mine in the fall. Pricy though. This year my fig trees came through with several dozen figs over about a months time. Some were stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey, and eaten raw. Some were roasted briefly with that same yummy cheese. Heavenly. A lot were just popped in my mouth for a sweet treat. I made a super delicious fig and yogurt cake last weekend. Now for a fig based dessert in the pie family. Saw this recipe on Tasting Table a while ago and immediately knew I just had to make it. FYI: a galette is a free form flat round French tart. Now you know!
I used my favorite gluten free crust recipe plus some cinnamon. Lacking almond paste I made some; see my blog post for that recipe: https://myworldwithoutwheat.wordpress.com/2014/12/24/almond-paste-holiday-joy/. The filling was fairly close to the recipe. You might think the thyme leaves and honey unusual but trust me it is just perfection! If you love figs or raspberries this is an outstanding and show stopping dessert.
Fig and Raspberry Galette
1 c plus 2 tbsp brown rice flour mix (at bottom of recipe)
2 tbsp sweet rice flour
1 Tbps. granulated sugar
½ tsp xanthan gum
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
6 Tbps. cold butter cut into 6 chunks
1 lg egg
2 tsp fresh orange or lemon juice
Line a 15 inch pizza pan with parchment paper.
Mix dry ingredients in bowl of stand electric mixer. Add butter and mix until crumbly and resembling coarse meal. Add egg and juice. Mix until it comes together into big chunks. Shape into a ball with your hands. Put it on a crust sized piece of wax paper (14 x 14 inches more or less), flatten the crust ball some; put on top of it another piece of wax paper and chill it all in your fridge 15-20 minutes. Then roll out and put on the parchment lined pan; put back in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
1/3 cup almond paste
2 tsp. sugar
2 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. gf flour
½ tsp. black berry brandy or kirsch
Pinch of salt
6-7 ounces of ripe figs: 8 large or maybe 10 small
5-6 ounces fresh raspberries
1 -2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
2 tsp. honey
1 tsp. orange or tangerine zest (I used tangerine)
1 beaten egg for washing
1 cup crème fraiche or organic plain yogurt or plain Greek yogurt
Directions: Combine the almond paste and sugar in a small food processor, process until broken up into sandlike mess. Add the butter and process until blended. Add flour, egg, brandy and salt. Process some more. Chill in fridge while you continue tart creation process.
Chop the thyme (remove all stems). Zest a tangerine or half an orange’s skin. I do this onto wax paper for ease of picking up later.
Get out the tart crust and the almond mixture. Spread the frangipane out; I just dumped mine in the center of the crust and it spread on its own. Leave 1.5-2 inches of crust around the filling. Top with halved or quartered figs; mine were small; halved them. Next sprinkle the raspberries around; I didn’t need the full 6 ounces. Sprinkle on the sugar, thyme leaves, then drizzle with honey and dust the zest over it as evenly as possible. Fold up the edges of your crust and pinch together to create the galette shape. Use a pastry brush to brush the crust with the egg wash. Bake for 30 minutes in a 425 degree oven. Mine got a little too brown on the bottom. Next time I will turn it down to 400 after the first 15 minutes. Let your tart rest a bit; don’t serve hot but a warm slice will be awesome. Slice and top with a big dollop of crème or yogurt.
Brown Rice Flour Mix (same as King Arthur basic gf blend)
2 c brown rice flour
2/3 c potato starch – not potato flour!
1/3 c tapioca flour
The crust recipe is from Annalise Roberts great cookbook, GF Baking Classics, Second Edition.