The best cherry galette

This is a very delicious cherry galette made with fresh cherries and an easy sour cream flaky pastry.




160gms flour

½ tsp fine salt

1 tsp caster sugar (or granulated)

115gms cold butter cut into small cubes

¼ cup full-fat sour cream


3 slightly heaped cups of fresh cherries, pips removed

1/3 cup of granulated sugar

3 Tbsp cornflour (starch)

1/3 cup sugar plus 2 Tbsp

Pinch of salt

Finely grated zest and juice from 1 lemon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Beaten egg to brush the pastry + an extra sprinkle of sugar


Make the dough in advance. I did it the night before. It needs at least 2 hours to rest in the fridge.

Whist the flour, salt and sugar together in a bowl until well combined. Take the butter out the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly (if it is very hard). Using your fingers lightly work the butter into the dry ingredients until its starting to clump together. Add the sour cream and mix until you have a dough. If it is too wet, add a sprinkle of flour and if it’s too dry, add a dash more sour cream. Bring the dough together on a lightly floured surfaces making sure you don’t overwork it. Flatten it with your hands to make a disc about 2cm thick. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.

To make the filling, place all the ingredients (except the egg) into a bowl and stir to coat.

When you are ready to make the galette, take the dough out the fridge and place it on a surface that has been lightly dusted with flour.

Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F

When the dough has softened a little roll it out evenly into a large circle about 30cm in diameter. Gentle lift this over your rolling pin and place on a large baking sheet lined with baking paper.

Pile the fruit in the middle of the galette so that it has a wide rim and mound it up. Fold the edges into the middle and overlap the dough where necessary, this does not have to be perfect. Brush the edges with egg was and lightly sprinkle sugar over this.

Bake for 40 – 45 minutes and until golden brown and the fruit bubbling. Loosely cover the galette with foil from about 10 minutes into the baking time to prevent over-browning.

Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream

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