Blackberry Peach Saison Galette , with the BEST pastry crust ever.
I wonder if he likes it.
Garrett Oliver starts an effortless soliloquy about the beer we’re drinking. A careful and accurate dissection of flavor, body, and aroma of a replica batch of a 133-year-old Carlsberg beer. In his cashmere voice he talks, almost without thinking, to tell me his thoughts on the beer we’re drinking.
He’s a beer celebrity if there ever was one. I wonder if the center stage he always takes while in the company of beer people is something he likes as much as he seems to. In a crowd like this you can watch the wave of acknowledgement and awe wash over the faces of the people in attendance as his presence is noted. Whispered tones sneak through the crowd in a way that reminds me of my days in Hollywood and the drunken celebrities that I crossed paths with. Similar in a way, but this seems like a deeper connection. A beer celebrity is given that crown because of accomplishments, knowledge, and achievements. Not because of sex tapes, DIU’s and antics. It’s as much fame as it is reverence. Beer celebrities have earned their spot through decades of hard work, magnificent beer, and an unwavering dedication to people in this community. It’s more than just fame, it’s glory.
I wonder if he likes the attention or if he just puts up with it. I wonder because it’s impossible to tell, he seems as effortless as coffee in Paris. I wonder because we don’t want him to stop showing up and telling us what he thinks of the beer.
- 1 ½ cups (180g) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon (3g) salt
- 1 tablespoons (15g) sugar
- 5 tablespoons (70g) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 4 tablespoons (50g) vegetable shortening
- ¼ cup (48g) ice cold beer (pale ale, Saison, wheat beer)
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 teaspoon sanding sugar, or granulated sugar
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/3 cup (71g) granulated sugar, plus ¼ cup (60g) divided
- 3 teaspoons (12g) cornstarch, divided
- 2 tablespoons (24g) Saison beer
- 2 yellow peaches, sliced
- 6 wt oz blackberries
- Add ¾ cup of flour (reserve the other 3/4 cup), salt and sugar to a food processor, pulse to combine. Add the butter and shortening, process until well combined and dough gathers around the blade and is slightly fluffy and whipped (this will be far more processing than most recipes, but this will create a new fat, making the crust incredibly flakey).
- Add the remaining flour and pulse 6-8 times or until all the flour has been combined.
- Transfer to a bowl. Using a rubber spatula, stir in the beer until completely incorporated into the dough (don’t add the beer in the food processor or your dough will turn into a cracker). Dough will be very soft.
- Lay a long sheet of plastic wrap on a flat surface, add the dough to the center.
- Form into a flat disk. Wrap disk tightly in plastic wrap. Chill until firm, about 3 hours and up to three days.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Knead the dough lightly in hands until dough comes together and warms slightly. Roll out on a lightly floured surface to form a large circle, about ¼ inch thick.
- Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, transfer the dough circle to the parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons beer. Beat with a hand mixer until well combined.
- Add the cream cheese to the center of the dough in an even layer, making sure to leave the outer 4 inches of the dough bare.
- In a medium bowl add the peaches. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon cornstarch, toss to coat. Add the peaches on top of the cream cheese layer.
- Add the blackberries to the bowl, top with remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cornstarch, toss to coat. Add blackberries to the center of the galette.
- Fold the bare edges of the dough up over the filling, using the parchment paper if necessary.
- Transfer the baking sheet to the freezer, freeze for 15 minutes. Alternately you can chill in the fridge for 30-45 minutes (or overnight). This will help the galette stay together when baking and help the crust to be lighter and flakier.
- Brush the crust with melted butter, sprinkle with sugar.
- Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Allow to cool prior to serving.