This rustic yet elegant dessert combines the natural sweetness of nectarines with a buttery, flaky crust. With its simple preparation and stunning presentation, this Nectarine Galette is perfect for showcasing the vibrant flavors of summer fruits. With each bite, you'll experience the perfect balance of tangy and sweet, with the velvety nectarines melting in your mouth and the delicate crunch of sliced almonds.
What is galette
Let's begin with a brief history lesson - Galette is the French name for a round cake. Ooh-la-la! There are many kinds of galettes available, some are eaten traditionally during holidays and are also more festive. This galette, in particular, is very simple to make and is a rustic version of a fancy tart or pie. This galette is sweet, if you look for a savory galette, check out my tomato galette recipe.
In this tart, you don't need to blind bake or follow multiple steps during preparation which means this recipe is easy and quick to make. On top of it all, the shape is formed by hand and doesn’t use any mold or tin so the outcome looks homemade and lovely.
What to make with nectarines
Since it’s summer, I wanted to use savory summer fruits to really enjoy their flavor during this hot season. I love nectarine and can eat them every day during the summer months, they are just so refreshing. Combining them to make a cake just makes the recipe even better. If you want, you can use peaches, plums or even apples or pears instead.
In this cake, I used whole spelt flour to uplift the flavor. It is also a healthier flour too. If you prefer, you can use the same amount of regular plain flour instead.
The other ingredients in this galette are almond meal and sliced almonds which fit the taste of nectarines perfectly.
Are nectarines peaches?
Nectarines are a type of peach. Nectarines are known for their smooth skin, lacking the fuzzy texture typically found on peaches. They offer a similar nutritional profile, containing comparable amounts of natural sugars, fiber, and essential micronutrients. In this recipe, the choice to not peel the nectarines was made due to their smooth skin. However, if you prefer a peeled texture, feel free to peel them before using in the galette. To easily remove the skin from nectarines, blanch them in boiling water for about 30 seconds, then transfer them to an ice bath. The skin will peel off effortlessly.
TIPS TO HELP YOU MAKE A DELICIOUS peach galette cake
Choose ripe nectarines
Look for nectarines that are fragrant and yield slightly when gently pressed. Avoid ones that are overly firm or have blemishes.
Ripen nectarines at home
If you have slightly underripe nectarines, you can ripen them at home by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature for a day or two. The ethylene gas they release will help speed up the ripening process.
Slice nectarines with precision
When cutting nectarines for your galette, aim for even slices of similar thickness. This ensures even cooking and a visually appealing presentation.
Adjust sweetness to your preference
The recipe suggests a specific amount of sugar, but feel free to adjust it according to your taste. If your nectarines are particularly sweet, you can reduce the sugar quantity, or add more if you prefer a sweeter filling.
Get creative with flavors
Enhance the flavor profile of your nectarine galette by adding a touch of cinnamon or a splash of lemon juice to the filling. These subtle additions can elevate the taste and add complexity to the dessert.
Serve it warm or chilled
This galette is delicious both warm, fresh out of the oven, and chilled from the refrigerator. Experiment with serving options to find your preferred way of enjoying it. Homemade ice cream is a perfect addition to this galette.
Absolutely! While this recipe specifically calls for nectarines, you can easily substitute them with other stone fruits such as peaches, plums or even apples and pears. Get creative and use your favorite fruits or a combination of different fruits for a unique twist.
Yes, you can use store-bought pie crust as a time-saving alternative. Just make sure to follow the package instructions for baking times and temperatures.
Yes, you can prepare the galette dough ahead of time. After wrapping it in plastic wrap, refrigerate it for up to 2 days. When you're ready to assemble the galette, let the dough sit at room temperature for a few minutes to make it more pliable.
Yes, you can freeze the baked galette for later enjoyment. After it has cooled completely, wrap it tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container before freezing. When ready to eat, thaw it in the refrigerator overnight and then reheat it in a preheated oven until warmed through.
Yes, you can substitute the spelt flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Keep in mind that the texture and handling of the dough may differ slightly, so follow the instructions on your chosen gluten-free flour package for best results.
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or even a splash of almond extract to enhance the flavors of the nectarine filling. Just be mindful of the quantities to maintain a balanced taste.
Absolutely! A scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of freshly whipped cream can be a delightful accompaniment to the warm galette. The creamy addition adds a lovely contrast to the tartness of the nectarines.
Other cake recipes you should try:
Another option for a summer fruity dessert is my mango crisp recipe, it is also vegan, be sure to check it out.
Bake this nectarine galette today!
Whether you're entertaining guests or simply treating yourself, this galette is a showstopper that will impress and satisfy even the most discerning palates. So, why wait? Embrace the joy of baking and let our Nectarine Galette transport you to a realm of pure culinary delight.
For the dough:
- ⅔ cup whole spelt flour (or regular all-purpose flour if you prefer)
- 1 stick cold butter cut to cubes
- 4 tablespoon powdered sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg
For the filling:
- 2-3 nectarines cut to thin slices
- 5 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon almond meal
- 2 tablespoon sliced almonds
- In a food processor with a steel blade, place the flour, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Process until a crumbly mixture is obtained.
- Add the egg and continue to process until the dough lumps are formed.
- Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface and form a disc shape.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and cool in the refrigerator for an hour.
- Set the oven to 180°C / 360°F with the fan.
- On a floured surface, roll out the dough to a 3-4 mm thick sheet.
- Spread the almond meal in the center of the dough.
- Place the cut nectarines on it and in a spiral shape as much as possible. Note, it does not need to be too tidy.
- Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of sugar on the nectarine.
- Fold the dough edges onto the filling. Try to catch all of the filling and avoid any holes on the sides.
- Sprinkle the last tablespoon of sugar on the dough edges.
- Decorate with sliced almonds on the edges.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Let the dish cool and enjoy!