"Blueberry Peach Galette" a la mode
with a
"Blueberry Sherry Sauce"
and a trip to the
Temecula Berry Company

Last year here on DMC I wrote a review of the most beautiful blueberry fields I came across tucked away in the quiet estates and rolling plains of the Temecula Valley. I could have easily missed out on Temecula Berry Companies pristinely kept and magnificently grown farm and the only blueberry field in the county that I know about if I hadn't been taking a leisurely drive while waiting to pick up my kids from a birthday party in the area.

Unfortunately when I wrote the article last year it was at the end of the growing season and my local readers weren't able to experience the fun and excitement of hand picking their own blueberries. Well to my delight last week on Thursday the farm opened for business and my husband, little children and I headed over on the Memorial Day weekend and filled our buckets with beautiful, plump and ready to be picked berries.

The farm was just as I had remembered. The weather was a bit more accommodating for us being that it is still Spring time and the temperature was still a cool 79. The grounds are so beautiful, so clean, so well kept. I really am yearning to have a garden of blueberries, grape vines, avocado's and citrus. Living in such a community as Temecula, we have access to such a variety of produce fields, like the grape vineyards, orange groves, blueberry fields, olive tree's, and even dairy farms producing cheese like the Winchester Cheese Company's famous sharp gouda which won the bronze medal at the prestigous World Cheese Awards in London, England in 2006. And locally.. farms who's produce give the famed Temecula Farmers Market their fill of beautiful fruits, leafy greens and vegetables.

You have to look closely, lifting branches to reveal the bluberries on the undergrowth of the bushes. Our youngest daughter picked the most. It could be that she was the lowest to the ground and her eye caught all the ripe berries that were on the lower branches.

The colors are spectacular in the fields.

At the beginning of our hunt.

Ripe, plump and large berries for the picking!

I think naturally peaches pair perfectly with Blueberries. When I visit Sprouts Markets I always purchase a peach berry smoothie. Oh so delicious!

I love a Galette. They are simple to prepare and I love the freestyle form that they lend. And delicious.. you bet!

For the crust I used Dorrie Greenspans Pastry Dough recipe.

Crust Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons chilled nonhydrogenated solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 tablespoons (or more) ice water

Crust Preparation
Mix flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening; pulse until coarse meal forms. Add 2 tablespoons ice water; pulse until moist clumps form, adding more water by teaspoonfuls if dry. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk and wrap in plastic. Chill 2 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before continuing.

For the filling I used peaches and berries. Using a typical apple pie filling recipe just subbing the fruit. I kept the skin on my peaches, I like the extra texture and the skins were pretty thin.

Fruit Filling:
2 1/2 cups fresh blueberries
3 cups thinly sliced peaches (about 3 large)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 egg white
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
1 tablespoon Turbinado sugar

Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
To make the fruit filling, combine all ingredients in a large bowl, and toss gently, making sure that the cornstarch is coating the fruit. (This will prevent too much juice from leaking out while the Galette bakes.)

Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Add the fruit mixture to the center of the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the filling, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

Lightly whisk the egg white and milk in a small bowl. Brush dough with egg wash, and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 1 hour, or until crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. (Cutting it too quickly will cause the dough to crack). It's best served at room temperature or slightly warm.

Blueberry Sherry Topping
2 Cups fresh cleaned and dried blueberries
3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup cream sherry

Add berries, sugar and sherry to a sauce pot. Cook on medium low. Watch pot so the berries do not scorch. When berries begin to break down and thicken lower heat to a low simmer. To prevent sugar from scorching the sides of the pan, have a cup of cold water and a pastry brush ready. Periodically brush the sides of the pan with water. This is a tip when making sugar syrups as well as caramels and candies.

Enjoy with a scoop of ice cream and a dollop of fresh whipped cream!
Buon Appetitio!


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JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Such gorgeous photos of the berries Laurie! I love it! We just got a blueberry bush for our container garden. It has been so nice enjoying them fresh off the bush - but we didn't get enough this year to do anything with them, but enjoy them naked!

lisaiscooking said...

Beautiful galette! Blueberries and peaches are so good together.

Megan said...

You have the best pictures and That one with the ice cream should be on a magazine cover. I have never seen blueberries growing. What a cool farm! :)

Celine's Cuisine said...

Hi Laurie love love this post but I remember the one you posted last year about this amzing place. We never been there but we are planning next week is there any better time to go in your opinion in the morning or afternoon?
I will tray your galette too...looks so yummy adn delicious.


girlichef said...

gorgeous photos...I want to be there so badly!! And the gallette...omg, yum!

Anonymous said...

Oh you're asking for that to disappear in seconds!

CookiePie said...

That looks absolutely delicious!!! Blueberry-peach is one of my all-time favorite combos. Yay summer!!

Donna-FFW said...

Your pictures are stunning. Stunning!

The dessert/galette is also a thing of beauty and the combo of peaches and bluberries soounds delicious!

foodcreate said...

Delicioso! Blueberry and peachs are so tasteful.
Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

And you can visit me if I can visit you:)


Anonymous said...

Delicious galette with blueberries and peaches! Gorgeous photos!

YankeeSoaper said...

I am so jealous Laurie ;) living in the blueberry state here.. ours won't be ready for a few more weeks. Your galette looks just scrumptious! Hmm.. wondering if the few bags of frozen berries will do with this recipe. Your blog is just too tempting!

Kim (@ Paper Apron) said...

This is one of the most beautiful collections of photographs I've seen on a food blog in a long time. My eyes are feasting! The galette looks incredible. The berry shots make me want to go picking, too. I loved, loved, loved reading this story!! I think it was a lot of hard work putting this together, but please know that we're out here and we're loving it.

Laurie said...

Thank you all for the wonderful comments. I am so glad we all have a common bond in our passion for food.. and berry picking! :)

And Kim.. thank you for your encouragement, I love writing and sharing. I know we as bloggers don't mind the work that goes into an article piece, but when an expression like yours graces our pages it makes the time spent well worth it!!

Ciao and Hugs!!

girlichef said...

ha ha ha, oh my gosh, Yes!! "it's called Pee Not Gree Geeo" ha ha ha..that was a good line :)

Lori Lynn said...

Sounds like a lovely family outing. I bet they were so excited to taste what you had prepared with the "fruits of their labor." Gorgeous photos too!

Cynthia said...

Laurie, you are such a tease!

Elyse said...

The pictures of those berries are just stunning. Speaking of stunning, that galette is one looker of a dessert. Amazing! Love your blog, and I can't wait to keep reading more.

Proud Italian Cook said...

Laurie your photo's are just drool worthy, I want a piece of that galette, it's so tempting with that blueberry sherry sauce just dripping off the side! your collage's are beautiful!
xox, marie

Juliana said...

Laurie, thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures of the blueberries...and the final product...looks really good...Yummie!

The Blonde Duck said...

Berry delicious....:)

Sue said...

That first picture is complete food porn. Absolutely scrumptialicious. Great recipe and such lovely pictures, I really want to be there...

Sylvia said...

What a wonderful and beautiful post. I love all. The pictures are stunning and the galette sounds delicious

Vera said...

So perfectly summery!

Aurelia said...

Laurie...il tuo blog è bellissimo!
Hai delle foto stupende,e che dire delle ricette?
Un abbraccio

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

This looks like what summer tastes like.

glamah16 said...

Gorgeous. I love the fruits of summer and what you can create.

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