Saturday, January 26, 2008

It's all Laura's fault!

Laura made me do it. No she implored I do it! That is, make the Nectarine and Blueberry Galette out of Nigella Express! Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast So who was I to not obey, after all it was definitely worthy of her is simple, beautiful and delicious! There is nothing like that whole maximum effect for minimum effort, I think I have emphasised that just a few times on this blog!

And in a scary double up I also made the chocolate croissants and the moonblush tomatoes! Thing is, I can see why Laura did it this way, you get the frozen pastry to make the gallette, you have spare sheets so you make the chocolate croissants (and I ALWAYS have bars of 70% chocolate in my pantry, I consider it vital!)

and of course the oven is at 220C so you bang in the tomatoes and turn it off! Brilliant!
The galette is a simple combination of nectarines and blueberry on preprepared rolled puff pastry, score the edges to get it to puff up, smear the pastry with jam mixed with a little cream (I used my tayberry jam for this, Nigella suggests apricot), lay on fruit, dust with sugar (I used vanilla sugar) and bake for 15 mins at 220C.

The croissants are just a case of cutting triangles of the same pastry placing a square of chocolated in the middle and rolling up to form a crescent, have the point facing away and it will work out just fine. Then it's just a case of brushing them with a little beaten egg and baking them at 220c for 12-15 mins.The tomatoes get sprinkled with olive oil, salt, pepper and sugar. Nigella suggest dried thyme as well, but I didn't have any so drizzled on some balsamic. I didn't read the recipe properly and I used large tomatoes, which should have been cut up smaller, so after leaving them over night and thinking they didn't look 'done' enough I put them on at 100c for another hour or so. They are just lovely.

They were all a doddle, quick and so yummy, I took the galette to a friends for dessert and served it with mascarpone. Heaven!
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hungryandfrozen said...

What can I say! Your gallette looks much nicer than mine - I sort of biffed the fruit at the pastry LOL. The sunblush tomatoes are gorgeous, aren't they - I used big ones too, just left them in for ten minutes before turning off the oven. And how great are those chocolate croissants?! Glad I was able to inspire/bully you into it LOL.

vonsachsen said...

Wow! You make all this sound like a breeze! I wouldn´t mind a croissant for breakfast, and please do spare a bit of that galette too for later :)
Everything looks great!

A & N said...

WOW, Yummy yummy yummy!
Nectarines and blueberries are such a fantastic combination and your pictures are such good quality. I'm drooling all over my keyboard! LOL

Amy xxx

A & N said...

Oh by the way "a and n" is me; AmyGray from Violet's pantry and!