In the French kitchen with kids: Les Petits Chefs perfect mixed berry galettes!

Mini berry galettes made by Les Petits Chefs on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis term the Petits Chefs are testing out some of the recipes from my cookbook and this week, we worked on something that I’ve made many times before with them boys – mini fruit galettes.  Galettes are one of my favourite “go to” items to make “when there’s’s nothing in the fridge“. Galette was my entry point into making pastry, thanks to Kate Hill (check out her wonderful pastry making skills here) and since I’ve learned to conquer my fear of pastry, I’ve made it dozens of times with the boys. Their parents are always so impressed when they appear with pastry from scratch!

Obviously there needs to be a recipe for galettes in the book and who better to help me refine and perfect the recipe than Les Petits Chefs?

Kids making berry filling for galette on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids making fruit pie filling on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids zesting lemons for galette filling on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s hard writing a cookbook (<<< biggest understatement of the year right there…) because you hope that people all over the world will be buying it and making the recipes, so when you include something like a fruit dessert, you obviously want to make sure it’s fruit that many people can get their hands on (most of the year if necessary). I’ve experimented with a number of different fruits for the galette recipe – I still am, really, but I think I may well go with mixed berries like we did at school this week.

I appeared with a recipe and some scribbled notes and had the boys help me with the questions I had – How many berries did we need to fill an entire recipe of pastry? How many berries per galette? How many mini galettes does the pastry actually make and how big are they?

So many questions…

Kids rolling pastry on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’d made some pastry at lunch time for the boys to work with straight away since it needs to be refrigerated for at least 30 minutes if not more..

Meanwhile Team Berries reported that they didn’t need to juice the lemons and limes I had suggested because there was enough liquid in the filling as it was. Hmmm… something to do with the boys taking their stirring duties very seriously, I think 😉 (but great to know for the book notes!)

Berry filling and galette dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd then we got to filling our galettes, measuring the filling carefully…

Kids filling berry galettes on eatlivetravelwrite.com Berry galettes ready for folding the dough on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe cut away some of the excess pastry (and figured out how many more it would have made) and the boys practised their pastry pleating skills.

Kids pleating galette dough on eatlivetravelwrite.com Berry galettes ready for the oven on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe great thing about this dough is that it is so forgiving and responds well to a bit of pinching and pressing 😉

While the galettes were in the oven, the boys made some more pastry (gotta keep those hands busy!) while I cleaned up. I just gave them the ingredients and they got to work.

Kids making sweet shortcrust dough on eatlivetravelwrite.com Kids stirring wet ingredients into dry ingredients for shortcrust dough on eatlivetravelwrite.com Shortcrust dough coming together on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe dough came together beautifully and is currently sitting in my freezer awaiting more experiments 😉 Yes, pastry so easy a bunch of Grade 3 and 4 students can make it…

Speaking of beautiful…

Mini berry galettes by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comI love the look of rustic galettes…

Mini berry galettes made by kids on eatlivetravelwrite.comI am FAIRLY sure none of these made it home…

Success on all levels – my recipe questions were answered, the boys made beautiful desserts, everyone was happy!

Stay tuned to see what recipes we test from In the French kitchen with kids in a couple of weeks (it’s Family Day weekend here next Monday so no school)!




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8 Responses to In the French kitchen with kids: Les Petits Chefs perfect mixed berry galettes!

  1. Geoff February 16, 2017 at 16:41 #

    Fabulous post… these boys are fun to follow. Well done Mardi and LPCs.

  2. Janice February 17, 2017 at 09:34 #

    Funny how they stirred so much you didn’t have to add any juice! You are very lucky to have such hard working testers!

  3. Jessica February 17, 2017 at 17:34 #

    What great test subjects. Their pleating skills are top-notch – much better than mine, that’s for sure! Measuring the fruit is a good key point, especially because berries tend to be different sizes depending on the kinds that are used and whether they are frozen or fresh, etc. I always have to stop myself from going overboard when making galettes. Somewhere in my mind I always think that more fruit = better which is not always the case!

    • Mardi Michels February 25, 2017 at 20:24 #

      Yes if I’ve learned anything from this book writing malarkey it’s that precision is really helpful, especially for beginner bakers!

  4. kristy @ she eats February 18, 2017 at 13:33 #

    Mardi these galettes are calling to me. They’re saying “make us…. maaaaaake usssss noooowwww”… 😉 Seriously – writing a cookbook IS hard but if all the recipes look as good as this one, you’re doing a fabulous job, darling. Now give me a galette, please.

    • Mardi Michels February 18, 2017 at 15:54 #

      Ah thanks so much – every little bit of encouragement helps! xo

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