Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Cranberry Lime Galette, Sort Of

This sad object resembles a broken dam more than it does a tempting dessert, and for that I'm truly sorry. It all boiled down to one thing:

Operator error.

Yes, that means me. I forgot to add a very important component. The one that soaks up the juices and makes this recipe a luscious slice of fall:

Yup, I forgot to add the bread crumbs and ground nuts, and the juices ran out of the crust, all over and under the parchment paper and then they burned while it baked.

I can report that cranberry caramel is tasty. The burned parts, not so much.

I used my easy all-butter pie crust (you can find it here) and we did break off parts of it to enjoy. That part was good.

What did I learn:
  • Read the recipe through before making it. No really, I think this would help.
  • Make sure you scrape all of the sugar out of the mixing bowl. Between the cranberries and the lime, this dessert is plenty tart, and it needs all of the sugar the recipe calls for.
  • I supported the sides of my galette with empty ramekins before putting it in the oven, with the exception of one side that looked fine. That was the one that flopped over and let all the juices run away. Oops.
  • I used a full bag of cranberries and a diced apple, and that was way too much filling for my galette. Follow your instincts: if it looks like too much filling, it probably is.

Our host this week for Tuesdays with Dorie was the blogging family of Sarah, Rachael, Whitney, Lizzie and April who are behind Celestial Confections. I'm telling you, if I had sisters and sisters-in-law who were willing to cook and write about it on my blog, I'd be posting a lot more. Or I'd be posting less but there'd be more content. Anyway, they make the most amazing creations. They picked the cranberry lime galette and they'll have the recipe for you here. I wish mine had turned out better, but sometimes it's OK to have a fail, as long as they're funny stories, right?

By the way, have you entered my giveaway? Ghirardelli and BlogHer have teamed up for a wonderful promotion and YOU can win a $100 Visa gift card! You can enter here. You'll also find a killer double chocolate scone recipe I dreamed up just for the occasion. Let's just say these were so good, they didn't make it to work.


Sweet and Savory said...

Hi Leslie, It should not make me feel better than I was not the only one who had a tiny mistake. Yours is tiny. Mine is not.

We ate it all up despite my adventures.

I tell my class that making mistakes is good because we learn from them. Surround that galette.

Jacque said...

I've found that if you chill it really well, or freeze for a little while, beforehand it will help prevent the sides from collapsing. Sorry, though. It still looks good!

Cakelaw said...

That's a clever idea to prop up the sides of the galette with ramekins - hmmm, maybe that could have helped me too to some extent. Leslie, if you want to understand how good your galette turned out, go and look at mine - it may make you smile.

Dimah said...

This looks scrumptious!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!
Eid Mubarak :)

Mary said...

You may not be happy with it, but it still looks gorgeous.
Happy Eid!

Anonymous said...

I did use the crumbs and the dam still broke! That's why my photo is an extreme closeup of part of the slice...otherwise you'd see the sad burned part!

Amber Marie said...

Even with the bread crumbs and nuts mine broke. Thankfully the burnt cranberry goo wasn't too hard to get off the pan!

Tia said...

it really does look gorgeious!

Tracey said...

Your galette is gorgeous Leslie, even with the minor oven mishap. I chilled my dough a few times throughout the process and it helped it to keep its shape in the oven I think. I hope I can find some tasters to eat the lime version, I really want to give it a try but I'm worried about the tartness.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

I've yet to make a galette so I have no experience or advice but it sounds like you've already figured out what went wrong.

It still looks delicious though!

Judy said...

What an adventure you had! I've never had difficulties with my pie crust, so perhaps the recipe might make a difference.

TeaLady said...

Looks like the same oven demons got yours that attacked Mike's. But as long as it tastes good.

This was good. Made mine with orange juice and it wasn't quite as tart.

AmyRuth said...

You were so so nice to drop by. thanks I've been bad about comments lately. The water is just beneath my nose, so to speak. Anyway, I do want to make the galette. I love making them. They are so easy generally and you dono't have to have "fancy pants, pans."
Wow, I'll make sure a read the recipe carefully thats for sure and thanks for the tip on your contest.

Kayte said...

Have not made this yet, rather a busy week as it turns out, not sure if I am going to based on that whole very tart thing going on...maybe. In the meantime, it was fun reading about yours...and it looks pretty good despite what it went through!

Poppy Loves said...

I am so relieved that it's not just me ;-) It still looks completely lush to me - well done you! x

Anonymous said...

don't feel bad, the last time i made a galette my dough was too firm and it broke and cracked as i tried to fold the sides over. which means that it leaked EVERYWHERE! thank goodness for parchment paper ;) yours is a minor, very minor mishap. it still looks wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Leslie, yes, I have two Lowel Ego Lights, but it's still not enough (for me), doesn't cover enough area in my dungeon of an abode lol However, two might work really well for you - my place is just dark all over - bushels of trees and lamps..no overhead lighting really. BTW, your photos never suck! :)

As for your galette, bread crumbs or not, it still looks beautiful and delicious, such vibrant color. Funny thing is, I just made a major mistake on a pie a few days ago. I forgot to blind bake the crust and spread frangipane on the raw dough. Ended up with a gooey bottom, the bottom crust as light as the frangipane..UGH! I took and viewed photos, and it was in the photos that I 'saw' my mistake LOL I'm slowly losing it!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

That settles it - we need to have an arm of family to help us with our blogs - post less but more content? Sounds like what the doctor ordered!

In the meantime, I'm enjoying your posts - I know this wasn't your favorite recipe, with or without the breadcrumbs, but it looks pretty swell anyway, but this is coming from someone who love the whole tart cranberry taste.

Katrina said...

I really liked the flavors here more than I thought I would, course, the chocolate I added helped. Dam the dam! ;)