{TGIF: Craving sweets and a Apricot Lemon Thyme Almond Galette}

Happy Friday all! I am writing this post at about 4:30am this morning because the wind and rain outside is roaring right now. And instead of tossing and turning aimlessly in bed, I thought I’d do something more productive, like share a bunch of photos of delicious desserts I’ve had in the past month with you 🙂

Those of you who follow my blog know I that I have a serious weakness for sweets, so here is a collection of delightful indulgences I’ve been enjoying this past summer..

1. This adorable personal-sized lemon lime tart from Brulee Patisserie on 11th.

Filled with a thick perfectly balanced citrusy and sweet lemon lime curd in a crispy shortbread crust and decorated with a pretty (and edible) violet pansy.

2. Another yummy item from Brulee, this artfully designed chocolate tiramisu torte.

A twist on the classic tiramisu. Deep and dark flourless chocolate cake brushed with espresso syrup and filled with alternating layers of mascarpone cream and chocolate mousse. It’s finished off with a drape of chocolate ganache.

3. Yann Haute Patisserie’s Beignets in Mission – This place is best known for its macarons. But I never leave here without picking up a few of the beignets, their delicious take on the donut. Pictured here are three flavours: cinnamon sugar, glazed apricot (bursting with FRESH and chunky apricot preserves inside) and a the chocolate hazelnut (filled with a creamy and nutty interior). Think of a ferrero rocher in donut form.

So fluffy and springy on the inside..just look at all those air pockets.

4. Unique chocolate bars from Wild Sweets. A company created by chefs Dominique and Cindy Duby who are Canadian master pastry chefs known for their creativity and unconventional flavours. This one was one of their artisan chocolate praline bars, flecked with coconut macadamia curry brittle. I got these in the chocolate section at Casel Marche. But I’ve also seen them at CRMR at Home on 17th.

5. When I have a serious chocolate craving. My go-to treat is Boxwood Cafe’s Chocolate Raspberry Caramel brownie. My favourite is on the days they swirl EXTRA caramel into the batter which creates this sticky, rich, chewy and intensely chocolately square. It’s the best brownie in town in my opinion.

6. Also from Boxwood, their signature oatmeal chocolate cranberry cookies are the bomb too. Crispy on the outside and each biteful is a mix of dark chocolate chunks and sweet & tart berries. The best is when you get them while they’re still slightly warm and the chocolate is half melted..Oh my..

7. On my visit to Millarville Farmers Market, I picked up a package of two of these maple cinnamon buns.

A flaky pull apart coil studded with raisins and  topped with an aromatic maple glaze. You can smell these from a mile away.

8. My favourite treat from our visit was a stop at Mr. Pinks Passion for Spice for their best seller, their habanero caramel corn. The combination of sweet and spicy is positively addicting. Me and the boy practically inhaled an entire bag in one night.

9. I’ve made my fair share of crumbles this summer, including this one filled with lots of blackberries, blueberries and rhubarb.

With my go-to recipe adapted from Smitten Kitchen, which has the perfect balance of crisp streusel crumb to fruit. I mixed this one with chunks of toasted hazelnuts.

10. From Wild Grainz Bakery in Inglewood. A lovely Fall inspired tart perfect for the arrival of September.

Their super-sized individual portions of apple tart. See how the top is decorated with a wreath of golden pastry dough leaves..

Filled to the brim with chunks of spiced apple and swirled with a custard of some sort, perhaps a pastry cream(?)

The perfect dessert to transition from summer to autumn (which usually feels like a really fast transition in Calgary).

And of course I won’t torture you will all these photos without giving you a recipe. So I’m going to share with you a super easy tart I whipped together the other night: A fresh apricot, lemon thyme galette with an almond crust.

It involved a bunch of these plump little organic apricots I got in my weekly SPUD order.

I cleaned and quartered these by sliding my knife along the center line and taking out the pits, then halving them again.

The dough is made with a mixture of regular pastry flour and whole wheat flour and almond meal (which I made my pulverizing raw almonds in my Magic Bullet). It only needs to be chilled in the freezer for about 10 minutes, so I make the dough first so that by the time I’m done cutting the fruit, my crust is ready to be rolled out.

When you’ve rolled your dough out into a circle, sprinkle a think layer of cornstarch and sugar over the center of the round, then arrange the wedges by overlapping then over each other starting from the center until you have about an inch of crust exposed on the outside. Brush the fruit with apricot jam (which has been warmed in the microwave) and sprinkle a few pinches of lemon thyme (or just regular thyme works too). Fold in your edges and voila! Ready for the oven.

Bake it in the oven for about 35 minutes in the middle rack until the outer crust is nice and golden.

Try to exercise restraint and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before making your first cut.

What I loved about this recipe is it is not too sweet. I am personally not a fan of those thick and syrupy pies. This galette is simple and highlights the fresh sweet flavours of the apricots. Feel free to sub in any stone fruit you like 🙂

You can enjoy this straight up, but I prefer it “a la mode” with a scoop of Madagascar vanilla bean frozen yogurt melted on top of a warm slice. Bon Appetit!

Apricot Lemon Thyme Almond Galette (adapted from Cooking Light)

  • 1 1/4 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour, divided  (I used half unbleached pastry flour and half whole wheat flour)
  • 3 tablespoons ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract * I think I will omit this next time, wasn’t really a fan..
  • 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup almond flour (I pulvarized raw almonds in my Magic Bullet)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 pounds firm ripe apricots, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon thyme leaves (I used dried, from my mom’s garden)

Preparation

  • 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  • 2. Lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 flour, ice water, vinegar, and almond extract in a small bowl; stir with a fork until well blended to form a slurry.
  • 3. Combine remaining 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, almond meal, and salt, stirring with a whisk. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add slurry; stir just until moist. (*Note: I had to add a bit more water, the dough was a bit too dry). Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead lightly 5 times. Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap. Cover with additional plastic wrap. Carefully roll dough into a 14-inch circle; freeze for 10 minutes.
  • 4. Remove dough from freezer; remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Let stand 1 minute or until pliable. Place dough, plastic wrap side up, onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper; remove remaining plastic wrap.
  • 5. Combine cornstarch and 1 tablespoons sugar; sprinkle over dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Arrange apricots spokelike on top of cornstarch mixture, leaving a 1  1/2 inch border. Fold edges of dough over apricots (dough will only partially cover apricots).
  • 6. Heat jam in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 25 seconds. Brush jam mixture over apricots and dough edges. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400° for 35 minutes or until crust browns. Remove from oven; sprinkle with thyme. Cool 10 minutes.
Comments
6 Responses to “{TGIF: Craving sweets and a Apricot Lemon Thyme Almond Galette}”
  1. Tatiana says:

    Man oh man that apricot galette looks awesome!

  2. You are making my sweet tooth ache!

  3. Wow, clearly I need to get out more! My favorite spot for sweets in Calgary is Yum Bakery at the Calgary Farmers Market. They also make killer cheesebuns! As well, if you are in Canmore on the weekend, head to Harvest for cinnamon buns (they are filled with chunks of warm apple). Be there early, before they run out!

  4. AMAZING! I’m sitting here at my computer literally drooling.

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