Thursday, September 6, 2007

Peach Apricot Galette with Walnut Paste and Creme Fraiche AND some relaxing times....

Not once!

Not Twice!!

But Thrice!!!

Yes three is the number of times I broke the golden rule of baking, no peeking while baking :)
I had to, the aroma from the oven was too irresistible not to take in all the aroma possible ;)
In my defense have to say, did not make any difference to the baking at all ;)

Regular readers to my blog know about my liking for peaches and here is one delicacy made with peaches.

Peach Apricot Galette with Walnut Paste AND Creme Fraiche!

1 puff pastry sheet thawed
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup sugar
2 peaches sliced
2 apricots sliced (If you can't find fresh apricot, soak dried apricot and use OR use only peaches)
2 tsp sugar

Creme Fraiche (optional)
1 cup creme fraiche
4 tbsp sugar

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Grind walnuts with sugar to a paste.

Unfold the pastry on a floured surface. Core about 1/4 inch from the border and fold the border over to form an edge.

Spread the walnut paste on the sheet.

Arrange peach and apricot slices over the paste in alternating layers or as you desire. Sprinkle the sugar over it.

Bake for 20 min till edges are golden brown.

To make the creme fraiche garnish just blend creme fraiche with sugar and serve with the Galette!
Can be served without the creme fraiche as well, tastes equally good!

Enjoy a delicious slice of this Galette as a dessert or just as a gorgeous snack with your afternoon tea or coffee, like I did :)
Recipe adapted from here, I did not find the need to add the egg.

This is my entry to sweet Mansi's AFAM-Peach.

It's good to be back after a mini break :)
Here are some pictures from my trip to Canada this past long weekend! The weather was sweeeeet, could not have been better!!!

SwamiNarayan Temple, Toronto with beautiful carvings inside and out!

Downtown Toronto Skyline as seen from Lake Ontario! You can see the Rogers Centre/ Skydome & CN Tower in the centre!

The Majestic Niagara Falls! Could not help but stop by both the times :) What a beauty, get goose bumps every single time!!

On another note, Congratulations to Federer on cruising into the semis'. Always A Class Act, the Perfect Gentleman, inspite of the crowds not being with him. What a thrill to watch him play!!
Here's wishing Federer All the Very Best for the championship and record breaking Grand Slams ever!!!!!!!
Update: 9/9/07 Congratulations to Federer on winning the US Open for the fourth straight time!!!! I'm thrilled to be able to watch him play such beautiful tennis! May you win many more........


lakshmi said...

Ah, so you are a Federer fan? I'll miss Nadal though - his crashing out of the tournament has almost killed my hopes for a fiesty entertaining final :(. I was hoping for a third treat.

Galette looks yummy.

Richa said...

thanks lakshmi!
oh yes, absolutely a Federer fan, what a treat it is to watch him play :)

Jyothi said...

Hi Richa! Looks yummy and great. Fantastic photos of niagara falls. Thanks for sharing dear.

bee said...

federer is KING!!!!

and your peach galette is gorgeous.

rahin said...

hey richa, the galette looks yummy n sounds yummy too :)

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Hi Richa...
Nice pic.....Galette is looking great.... I love to use creme fraiche in my desserts....But I can't find it at my place....Lucky u.....

Asha said...

Some fancy Galette there! Looks scrumptious!:)
Been to Toronto,pretty good city to visit once.There is little India too.Do you they have built a HUGE Swami Narayan temple in Atlanta,opened last week.It's grand.Glad you had a fun vacation!:)

evolvingtastes said...

Lovely galette, and appropriately matched with the french inspired blue-yellow tray cloth too (must've been the coffee for me to have caught such details. :-)). Despite your traveling you did not forget tennis!

Richa said...

thanks jyothi! glad u enjoyed the pic, dear.

thanks bee!
yup, no doubt about that!!!!!!!!!

thanks rahin, do try it.

thanks sukanya!
glad u liked it, u r the dessert queen!!!!

thanks asha! yup galette was very tasty, the walnut really brings out the taste :) do try it!
toronto was fun.

thanks ET! u do have an eye for detail, coffee or no!
yes tennis is always on the mind, more like Federer is on the mind...LOL

Laavanya said...

When I read the title itself I knew that I was in for a treat! That looks just perfect. Nice pics of Toronto and yes Niagara falls is breath-taking.. I am yet to see it from the Canadian side - hopefully soon.

Roopa(KitchenAromas) said...

Another Federer fan?! :)
No question he is awesome, but I think he makes every grand slam so predictable..! Yeah, except for French Open. Well, that is kind of predictable too! It is a treat to watch him play nonetheless ;)

Peach Galette looks great. I might have a recipe or two with peaches coming up on my blog!

Madhu said...

Richa, what a combination..Yummy.
You Federrer fan, like him he plays so coool.
Pictures are beautiful. Thanks

TBC said...

Hmmm... so that's where u were. Isn't Toronto beautiful?
We used to go there jsut to eat stuff at Gerard St. Visiting the Niagara Falls on the Canadian side (when we were in Buffalo) was done regularly.I miss that now.
Your peach galette looks delish. Never tried anything with peaches before.Lovely pics.

Priyanka said...

No surprise over the Federer win, but i liked the Djokovic match even better. The Galette luks pretty tempting....And the niagra pics are simply awesome:)

bhags said...

nics Galette, must taste yummy.....
With no offense to Federer, I think he is a little lucky, coz there is no good competition to him in this era....just like sampras had to deal to the likes of Agassi and Becker......and i m sure Nadal is giving him a good run for his money

Tee said...

ooh! me likie your peach apricot galette! :)
You lucky girl...vacation in Toronto and 2 times halt at Niagara! :) That city is just beautiful.
good to have you back...i had started wondering where you were. :)

TheCooker said...

The galette is really something!
tell me, when you made the paste, did you have to add any water or was the oil from the walnuts enough?

Kribha said...

what a fancy name? I have never tasted galette before. Looks so appealing. The picture of niagara falls made get goose bumps too. Absolutely love it.

Pooja V said...

same pinch to Federer fan. ur galette looks marvelluous. n Niagara is definitely Wow though i hv seen it frm us side. I m addicted to ur blog.

Manasi said...

Oh yes u peach lover! Looks absolutely gorgeous!!
Awesome pix from Canada!
All the best to Federer ~~~~

musical said...

Hey Richa, looks like you enjoyed a lot, great pictures! Am glad you got a well deserved break :). and you too are a Federer fan! am thrilled :).

Lovely galette, can i have some plz :).


Sig said...

Hey great pics Richa.... Looks like we had the same itinerary, just a few weeks apart :)... we went to all the same places...

And the peach galette looks super delicious.... I'm getting serious cravings for an afternoon sweet just looking at that pic... :)

Linda said...

Hi Richa, your peach galette is beautiful! I would never have the patience to bake like that.

Enjoyed the Canada pics as well -- the falls are mesmerizing aren't they :)

Rajitha said...

rules are for breaking richa.. you did the right thing ;) that galette looks wonderful!

Cynthia said...

Oh gosh girl, send me a slice of that galette.

Good to have you back.

Richa said...

thanks laavanya! yup galette was real tasty, do try it.

thanks roopa!
look forward to ur peach recipe soooon :)

thanks madhu! do try it.

thanks tbc! yup toronto was a good trip & the falls breathtaking as ever :)

thanks priyanka! do try it, yup, djokovic game was good, intense ;)

thanks bhags!
ooooh! it's the first time i heard someone mention federer & lucky in the same sentence, girl! he is way above that!!!!! highly talented & a great human being, from what i've seen. as u said he is way ahead of others & that is his asset :)

Richa said...

thanks tee!
u likie the galette, then i makie for you :)
yup toronto was fun, much needed break. but now i need a break to get over that break....LOL!!

thanks tc, do try it.
the oil from the walnuts is enough for the paste, even if it remains a bit dry, does not change the taste at all :)

thanks kribha! do try it once.
yup, the falls are something else, totally mesmerising!

thanks pooja! nice to see onr more federer fan :) so sweet of u to say that @ my blog :)

thanks manasi. glad u liked the galette & the pics! enjoy...

Richa said...

thanks musical! glad u liked it, do try it sometime, it is yuuuum :)
yup, it was a much needed break, was a nice trip.

thanks sig!
u too had the same itenary...LOL!
sending a big piece of the galette ur way, sweetie :) enjoy...

thanks linda! do try it.
i too do not hv the patience, that's why i peeked, heh!heh!
the falls, yes totally majestic!!

thanks rajitha! yup, some rules can be broken, not all though ;)

thanks cynthia!
a big piece of the galette coming ur way dear, enjoy.....

Bhawna said...

Hey richa, Galette looks reallllly yummy, good going girl.

Prema Sundar said...

Iam proud to say that Iam a federer fan too!!!
lovely pics of Canada.. glad that u had a wonderful time.
peach gallette looks lovely.

Nags said...

great you are back! i can almost smell that dish from here and the crust looks so yummy and crispy :)

archana said...

Ani mala kalat navta tu kuthe gelis :D))
Recipe che nav and recipe tar khoopach classy ahey.Walnuts apricots and peaches khoopach chaan chav asel.Crisp asel na base ?Gr8 tea time snack :)
Canada che pictures awadle :)

Raaga said...

hmmm... puff pastry sheets ji nahin milte yahaan pe!!

But lovely :-)

Sia said...

Federer rocks and i absolutely adore him :D
and your galette rocks too:)

Jyothsna said...

Federer Rocks! Seems you had a great time :) Galette looks scrumptious!

Rachna said...

hey there richa, lovely pics of the niagra falls... and galette is yummy...will def try...

i made yur kesaria.... it came out thick, yummy and delicious ...thanks!!! im gonna put it as a recommended item on my blog

Happy cook said...

Looks yummy .
So you also can't resist the temptaion for opening up the oven door

Padma said...

That looks awesome Richa, I am also a Federer Fan, and loved this entry to semis....looks like someone had a great time touring Toronto!


delicious blog

Sandeepa said...

That is so gorgeous..the rest of the title I had difficulty pronouncing ;-)

Richa said...

thanks bhawna.

thanks prema.
nice to know a fellow fan he!he!

thanks nags! yup it was one tasty galette!!

thanks archana! ata kalale me kuthey hotey he!he! sarva padarth ekdum mast ekatra yetat, chav phar chan ahey, galette was over in minutes :) glad u liked the pics. enjoy...

thanks raaga.
in that case gotta' make it from scratch ;)

thanks sia. glad u liked it.

thanks jyothsna!

Richa said...

thanks rachna!
I'm so happy to know that u tried the kesaria & liked it. mannu pata siga thuannu pasand aooga, paneer dish thuaddi fav e' i remember!!

thanks happy cook. yup it is quite enticing...

thanks padma. yup, trip was nice.

thanks for ur sweet words, harekrishnaji!

thanks sandeepa!

sunita said...

Lovely galette...I too have to restrain myself from 'peeking' while baking...btw, I'm totally with you on the Federer front...quite the gentleman, isn't he:)

Sharmi said...

the galette looks awesome and yum!! I too keep peaking into the oven. You seem to have had a great trip. was it on visiting visa?

Richa said...

thanks sunita!
hmm, a peeker u too, but u r such a good baker, am not too much into baking, just lil stuff :)

thanks sharmi.
oh! i've lot of company in peekers, i guess :) actually i do not need a visa, so it is much easier!

indosungod said...

Oh the Galette looks absolutely delicious, I will just stroll over and join you for tea, there for a bit I was imagining to be your neighbor. The pictures from the trip are beautiful.

Suma Gandlur said...

Delicious Galette.
The mighty Niagara is always gorgeous. Isn't it?

Latha Narasimhan said...

Galette looks so yummy! I have bookmarked this recipe to try!

Vcuisine said...

Lovely photos and Galette Richa. Viji

Jeena said...

Lovely photos I love apricot pastries great recipe I bet it was so yummy! :)

Richa said...

thanks isg!
sure come on over, i'm ur neighbor, ur neibor state that is :)

thanks suma! glad u enjoyed it.

thanks latha!

thanks viji!

thanks jeena. lemme know if u try it :)

Shivapriya said...

Yummy Galette Richa

Kajal said...

Pehal to Peach walnut past and crema Fraiche mane moklav to j comment karish....tari post ketli saar se ke em thai chhe mane madi ja to haven je vu feel thai.....Like your temple, Toronto skyline and Niagara falls Photo.:)

Latha said...

Looks delicious Richa! Glad u had agood vacation. Pictures are lovely. I've been to Toronto but missed the Swami Narayan temple!

Saju said...

Great peach dessert, looks so yummy. Great pics of Toronto and Niagara Falls. I too am back from the trip to Toronto. Did you find any good restaurants?

Roopa said...

Richa what lovely pictures! its just a beauty! the Galette looks just very appetizing!

hope you are doing fine :)

Deepz said...

Beautiful dish. I love peaches too so I will try this one next time. Also I did not receive your GBP entry. Can you please send it to me again.

Seena said...

first time here, thanks for visiting my site..
really enjoyed the pictures and nice recipes here..
c u again.. said...

Oh nice you were in Toronto! My hometown....

I am going to try this galette! I have tonnes of apples and peaches...


Mansi Desai said...

Niagara falls!! just divine yaar!!

Thx for visitng Fun and Food Richa...looks like u r a gujju too:) love your peach galette, and of ocurse I LOVE Federer!!

SeeC said...

Very tempting dish.

Thanks for those lovely pictures. Swaminayaran temple is in London as well. Excellent architecture.

SteamyKitchen said...

The falls are so breathtaking! I'm planning on taking a trip up there in the next 6 months - bring the kids so that they can see it too! My in-laws live on just the other side of the border in Buffalo NY

Mansi Desai said...

thanks richa!! this is a great addition to the event!!

SeeC said...

Hi Richa,
How are you doing? Its been long time since I came in here.

Peach Galette looks absolutely yummy.

Lovely pictures. There z a swaminarayan temple here in London as well. Marvellous isn't it.

I have more to check on your blog...will come back tom.

Archana said...

aahhh.. creme fraiche, i thought you were in france and we could have met.Then i saw you got it from emrils. The desserts in France are imeppecable. I learnt a few while i was there for a year in Fontainebleau. Anyways
I love peaches and creame, i will surely try this sometime. Hopefully i can find good quality tinned peaches in India