For many of us, the capital-H Holidays are approaching, and I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve already been run over by a festive seasonal truck and it’s barely mid-November. The last few months I’ve felt like Wile E. Coyote frantically churning my legs in midair, trying to run across the sky without looking down. All of which is to say, I’m sorry I haven’t been reading and commenting much on blogs. Or blogging here, for that matter. Or showering as often as I should. (I guess that last one mostly applies to the husband. Love youuuuu.)
The hectic pace recently has made me grateful for simplicity wherever I can find it, like in this week’s Cranberry-Lime Galette:
Galettes, or as I like to call them, “pies for lazy people,” are a genius invention. Pie dough is piled high with filling, then the edges are folded over and the whole thing is baked on a cookie sheet. No tearing of misshapen top crusts, no crimping of edges, and no trying to wiggle perfect slices out of a reluctant pie tin. It’s just fill, fold, bake, and devour. Near-instant gratification.
The filling in this case was a seasonal blend of fresh cranberries, dried cranberries, and apples, plus a surprise sneak attack from lime zest, lime juice, and fresh ginger. I cut down the amount of fresh ginger and it still shone through beautifully. This galette contained a lot of strong flavors, but they all worked surprisingly well together.
I continued my love affair with spiced whipped cream and made another batch flavored with vanilla and cinnamon to top this galette. I think cream–or possibly ice cream–is definitely necessary to mellow the tart flavors and balance everything out. So you have my permission–nay, my orders–to eat this with gobs of whipped cream. It’s necessary! And oh so delicious.
You guys, I don’t want to freak you out, but Thanksgiving is next week. When did this happen, and what are we going to do about it?? Have you all started planning your menus? Forget all the turkey junk, what are you making for dessert? I’m thinking the Cranberry Shortbread Cake is going to have to make another appearance.