Since fall is starting here, I wanted my recipe to be kind of a compromise between spring in the north and my real life here.
A galette – with its free form, which in my mind is perfect for spring and eating outside during those first days when the weather is warmer – filled with grapes, which paint the start of autumn with the wine grape harvest, taking place in early March.
The dough is fabulous and my favorite whole wheat crust.
I use the food processor for the first part. After adding the butter and processing it a bit, I turn it out onto the counter and gather the dough ball by hand. It’s important to touch pie crusts as little as possible.
After buying too many seedless grapes because I just became infatuated with roasting them, as I did for this whole wheat focaccia, I decided to try my hand at caramelizing them. It works so well. The sweet white wine and grapes are meant to be together. Well, of course, it’s wine and grapes after all.
My favorite way or caramelizing pearl onions was taught to me by my favorite teacher when she made boeuf bourguignon, and it involves butter, white wine, and water.
I used the exact same technique and ingredients for the grapes.
I love brie a lot. A lot. So if I have it in the fridge, I will always use it, especially with fruit. You can also use goat cheese. Or ricotta.
The almonds and the honey just round out this wonderful rustic galette. And you can make one large galette and slice it like a pizza. You would get more filling and less crust.
But it won’t look as pretty if you have guests as individual caramelized grapes and brie galettes do. And the crust is so incredibly good, I don’t mind having a lot of it on my plate.
Grape and Brie Galette, where the best whole wheat dough is filled with brie cheese and caramelized fruit. The flavors are amazing and there’s no fussing with shaping the pie dough!
For the galette:
- 1 recipe whole wheat dough (recipe below)
- 8 Tbs sliced almonds
- 13 oz 360g brie cheese
- ½ recipe caramelized grapes (recipe below)
- 4 Tbs honey
- For the grapes:
- 2 cups seedless grapes
- 1 Tbs butter
- 3/4 cup sweet white wine (such as late harvest)
- 1/2 cup water
For the whole wheat dough:
- 5 oz 140g unsalted butter, cold and cut into pieces
- 4 oz 110g cream cheese, cold and cut into pieces
- 4 Tbs ice water
- 2 ½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup + 1 ½ Tbs (160g all purpose flour)
- ½ cup 85g whole wheat flour
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
For the grapes:
- Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When it foams add grapes and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the white wine, lower the heat, and cook, uncovered for about 35 to 45 minutes, or until the wine is almost evaporated. It will depend on how low your heat it. It needs to be done slowly, so the grapes have time to caramelize in their own sugars.
- Add the water and cook over very low heat until it evaporates. Check the grapes, if you still want them to be softer or more caramelized, add ¼ cup more wine and ¼ cup more water and cook them some more. Let cool.
- If you’re going to keep them for a few days, put them in the fridge.
For the whole wheat dough:
- For the ice water, put a few ice cubes in a glass and fill with cold tap water. Reserve.
- In the bowl of the food processor, with the steel blade, mix both flours, salt and baking powder.
- Scatter butter and cream cheese on top. Pulse a few times until the butter/cheese is the size of peas.
- In a glass or small bowl mix 4 Tbs water with the vinegar. Add to the mixture in the processor and, using on/off turns, process until the dough begins to come together. If it’s still too dry, add 1 more Tbs ice water.
- Dump the whole mixture into the work counter, and gather together into a flattened ball. Touch the dough as little as possible and don’t knead it. But make sure the ingredients are combined.
- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour.
For the galette:
- Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- To roll the dough, you can either divide it in four pieces and roll each individually, or roll one large disk and cut rounds with a very big cutter. If using the cutter the edges will be even, and if you roll each disk individually you will have uneven edges. Both are fine.
- If the dough becomes too soft, return it to the fridge for 15 minutes before continuing to roll. Or work with one dough piece at a time while keeping the others refrigerated if rolling individually.
- On a lightly floured surface, place the four dough rounds.
- Scatter 1 Tbs almonds in the middle of each.
- Cut the brie into four equal pieces, then cut each of those pieces in 3 or 4 slices.
- Arrange the slices on top of the almonds, and top with ¼ cup of caramelized grapes each.
- Lift the sides of the dough to wrap half the filling, leaving the center exposed
- Transfer to the parchment lined baking tray.
- Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, then sprinkle with the rest of the almonds, 1 tbs per each galette.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes longer, until the dough is golden and dryLet cool on a wire rack a few minutes.
- Transfer to plates, drizzle with honey and serve.
Keywords: brie and grapes, brie gallete, whole wheat galette