Sour cherry galette is one of my favorite summer treats! Galettes are free form tarts that can be filled with any fruits that are in season!
Lets enjoy these last weeks of summer together! If there is one thing I love about summer, it's all the fruit!
Back in Iran, the fruit were very seasonal. Each season had its own fruit that would be in shops with the start of the season and would slowly be replaced with the fruit of the next season. I would always get so excited for summer because summer meant tons and tons of sour cherries in my tummy! And when I came to Turkey, the tradition carried on.
But then I came to the US. And there were no sour cherries laying around in every store for me to pick and devour. No sour cherries for Shadi. It was sad, and my summer didn't taste like summer at all. No amount of sweet cherries and juicy gorgeous peaches or nectarines could fill the empty space of sour cherries in my heart.
Then we visited upstate New York three weeks ago. And guess what? We visited a farmers market, and I saw these two guys selling something that looked so much like my good old beloved sour cherries, people would pass by, take a sour cherry, put it in their mouth and then their eyes would close, their mouths would tighten and they'd be like "Oh these are sour, I'll just take some of the other cherries."
And then there was me, running to their booth, yelling "OMG OMG sour cherries, gimme all!" I tried a couple, and all my memories from summers in Iran filled my heart and I looked at Kyle "Can we get like, their whole truck and drive back to Boston?" Obviously, we couldn't take their whole truck but we managed to get almost 15 pounds of delicious ripe sour cherries. I ate almost 4 pounds of them before we arrived in Boston. And I'm not ashamed of it.
After arriving to Boston, I made a full plan for my precious sour cherries. I pitted them all, and then bagged them and put them in the freezer. Now I'm going to have enough sour cherries to cure my summer cravings, including this sour cherry galette!
When I talked to the guys who were selling sour cherries, they said they're not very common, but can be found in different states. So if you can find them, make sure to make this sour cherry galette because it's just so delicious. The combination of sweet and sour all bundled in a flaky crust is something you don't want to miss!
I love to top sour cherry galette with some powdered sugar because the cherries absorb them so well and it compliments the sourness so well! The sour cherries will be cooked and juicy and they will burst in your mouth with every bite! Don't be intimated with the word "sour". These are not bad at all, if they were, I would never introduce you to them, right?
Notes and tips to make sour cherry galette:
- Use any basic pie crust recipe you have but make half the recipe (you can also use store bought raw crust). Or fill for two galettes. My basic pie crust recipe is in the recipe card and it yields one galette.
- Let the cherries sit in a bowl after mixing with corn starch and sugar to release their juice. Discard the juice.
- When the galette is baked, let it sit on the counter for almost 30 minutes so the slices are clean.
- You can make on big galette or two smaller ones.
- You can add more sugar if you like your galette sweeter, or serve the galette with vanilla ice cream.
More summer deliciousness:
- Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Milkshake
- No Bake Mini Blueberry Cheesecakes
- Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake Dip
- Strawberry Swirl Cheesecake Bars
Sour Cherry Galette
- 1 ½ cup All purpose flour
- ½ tbsp Granulated sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 stick Unsalted butter cubed and chilled
- 5 tbsp Ice water more if needed
- 2 cups Sour cherries pitted
- 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
- 3 tablespoon Granulated sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 tbsp Granulated sugar
- In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar and salt.
- Add in butter, rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles bread crumbs.
- Add water by spoon, mix gently until the crust comes together. do not add too much water.
- Shape the dough into a disk, wrap with plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Place the crust on the counter in room temperature right before you turn the oven on.
- Meanwhile, mix sour cherries, cornstarch and sugar, set aside until it releases juice. Discard the juice.
- Place the crust on the counter in room temperature. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Roll out the crust, place the sour cherries in the middle of the crust, leaving 2 inches from the edges.
- Gently start folding the edges inside to cover some sour cherries.
- Mix the egg and sugar in small bowl, brush over the edges of the galette.
- Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the sour cherries are bubbling.
- Take the galette out of the oven let it cool in cool in room temperature for 20 minutes before cutting.
- You can add more sugar to the filling if you like your galette to taste more sweet than sour.
- You can keep the amount of sugar that's mentioned in the recipe and serve with ice cream.