ChopChop Guest Post
We're excited to feature a guest post from our friends over at ChopChop. As a nod to our latest issue featuring Julia Child, they'll be walking us through how to make a sweet galette!
What family activity brings everyone together; teaches math, science, social studies, and more; and boosts confidence and health? Cooking!
At ChopChop Family, a nonprofit publisher of three cooking magazines and other nutrition education resources, this is what we are all about: teaching people of all ages and backgrounds how to cook and eat real food together. One way we do this is through one of our publications, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. We believe cooking is for everyone and that it’s one of the best ways to create memories with the ones you love. Thank you, Bravery Magazine, for giving us the opportunity to write this guest blog post.
In honor of Bravery’s issue about Julia Child, today we’re sharing some of our French recipes for kids.
Have you heard of a galette (guh-LET) before? It’s a simple, open-faced pie that you bake on a flat crust, kind of like a pizza. Pastry dough can be a little tricky to get the hang of, but we find galettes to be an easy way to learn how to make a simple pie. Just take your time, and remember that it will be delicious whether or not it’s perfect.
Hand-On Time: 1 hour | Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes | Makes 6 Servings
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Spoon, for mixing
For the dough:
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
1⁄2 cup plus 1½ tablespoons whole-wheat flour or all-purpose flour (divided use)
1⁄4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled and cut into 12 pieces)
ice water (up to 1/4 cup. “ice water” is water with ice in it.)
For the filling:
3 cups fresh strawberries (hulled (see below) and sliced)
1 tablespoon whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.
- To make the dough: Put the all-purpose flour, ½ cup whole-wheat flour, salt, and butter in the bowl and massage them together with your clean fingers until the mixture looks like little round lumps. Be patient and gentle; it will take a little while to get the hang of it.
- Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and massage again after each addition. Once the mixture forms a dough, shape into a ball. Flatten the ball into a large disc, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to overnight.
- Turn the oven on and set the heat to 400 degrees.
- To make the filling: Put the strawberries, flour, and maple syrup in the bowl and mix well.
- To assemble the tart: Take the disc out of the refrigerator and put it on a baking sheet. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough into a 15-inch circle (it doesn’t have to be exact). If the dough sticks to the rolling pin, sprinkle both with a little extra flour.
- Sprinkle the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons flour in the center, leaving a 2-inch border all around (this means: don’t sprinkle the flour on the outermost 2 inches).
- Spread the strawberry mixture in the center of the dough, arranging the slices so they overlap some.
- Fold up the dough border to partially cover the strawberries and pinch and seal the corners where possible.
- Carefully put the baking sheet in the oven and bake until the crust is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbling, 35–50 minutes. Set aside to cool a bit and serve warm or at room temperature.
In the mood to try a savory galette? Check out the recipe here.
Looking for other recipes kids can make? Subscribe to our kids magazine, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families. And, in the meantime, cook up other French recipes found on our website like our French Cassoulet, Salad Nicoise, Tuna Pan Bagnat, or French Carrot Salad.
About ChopChop Magazine
Endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, ChopChop, The Fun Cooking Magazine for Families, is a quarterly food magazine for kids. The magazine was named Publication of the Year by the culinary industry’s James Beard Foundation and is the only nonprofit publication to win the award. It is also the recipient of a prestigious gold award from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to quality children’s media and toys.
To learn more about ChopChop Family’s mission and to support the organization by subscribing to ChopChop Magazine or by donating to its cause, please visit ChopChopFamily.org.