Lemony Rustic Summer Berry Galette

“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.”

—L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams

Galettes, also called crostatas, are simple free-form tarts. I love their rustic quality and how no 2 galettes are the same. They hold such artisanal appeal for me and offer a more relaxed approach to dessert.  This berry version gets a triple burst of lemony flavor from a fragrant lemon balm* studded crust and berries tossed in lemon zest and lemon juice.  Any lemon herb could be substituted for the lemon balm. Roll the crust of your choice out on parchment paper so it is easier to transfer it to a baking sheet holding onto the parchment paper edges. The galette will be baked on the same parchment paper.  For the best success, add the berry mixture once the crust has been transferred to a rimmed baking sheet.   Serve warm with vanilla ice cream for a lovely summer dessert.  One of my edges was not quite folded over enough and some of the fruit juices ran.  It was still delicious!  Bake up this simple tart and savor a slice of summer.

Lemony Rustic Summer Berry Galette

  • 1 pie crust of your choice, purchased is fine
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon balm or any lemon herb, chiffonade cut
  • 6 cups of blueberries
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • coarse sanding sugar
  1. Roll out your pie crust on parchment paper cut just slightly wider than your crust. Carefully transfer to your baking tray.
  2. Press the lemon balm into the crust and sprinkle more on top.
  3. In a large bowl, toss the blueberries with the lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and flour.  Heap in the center of your prepared crust, leaving 1 inch of pie crust all around without any filling.  Stud the top of the blueberries with the raspberries.  Fold the edges of the crust over, ensuring the filling is contained in the crust.
  4. Sprinkle the folded edges of the crust with the sanding sugar and dust the berries with a bit more.
  5. Bake at 400 F for 45 to 60 minutes.  Let cool on the baking sheet at least 15 minutes before handling.  Carefully lift the galette by the edges of parchment to slide it onto the serving plate.  Use scissors to cut away the flanges of parchment paper.  Enjoy warm with vanilla ice cream.

Can you spot the edge that will spring a leak?

*If you live near me and you would love some lemon balm, I’ll be happy to dig some up for you.  Message me.  It is invasive like mint so it is best grown in a pot to control its spread.

15 thoughts on “Lemony Rustic Summer Berry Galette

    • Thanks Alycia! I love fruit tarts of any kind but this one I must admit was really good with all the extra lemon. I hope it’s not excessively hot in KC and that your finger is healing well. Xo

      Johanne Lamarche

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  1. My favorite kind of dessert, jam packed with berries. I used to have lemon balm in my garden in the other house, i know what you mean about being invasive even though I had it growing in a pot. I love the picture of the bits of lemon balm in your dough. Lovely!

    • Good morning Loretta! I will always choose a fruit dessert over any others and this pie was loaded with plump berries. When you come and visit, I will dig up some lemon balm for you to grow in a pot again if you like. How did you use your lemon balm?

      Johanne Lamarche

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    • Good morning Teresa! We both had lemon-blueberry on the brain this week! I know you would love this simple galette too. I can imagine how creative you would become with lemon balm in your kitchen.

      Johanne Lamarche

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  2. Gorgeous and so fun with the lemon balm – thanks for the parchment hint – I often have trouble with the transfer to a sheet and running, and that takes care of both!

    Galetttes just see to be so much more casual than pie, don’t they? I think it puts people at ease to serve something a little rustic. 🙂

    • I am one of those who loves fruit pies of any kind but more for the filling than the crust. So I love heaping the fruit in a single pie crust and do find the rustic esthetic of a galette so appealing. In French Canada, a galette is what we call a cookie not a rustic tart. 🙂

      Johanne Lamarche

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      • What a fun factoid! There are many phrases from other areas I’d love to start using! the English phrase Lolly for dessert, Australian Bickies for cookies. And another Australian term, “Scrummy.” 🙂 I’m not really a huge crust fan, either.

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