Peach galette

Summer Blush— Sweet Fruit Galettes

One of our favorite desserts to bake in the summer is an easy fresh fruit galette

After struggling and complaining about May gray and June gloom, glorious summertime has finally arrived in Los Angeles. And I’m so happy about all the wonderful fresh seasonal fruits available. 

Nowadays, we have become used to having fruits available all year long — very often from cold storage. And sometimes that means bland fruit. 

In the past, watermelons made their first appearance in June. Now, watermelon is practically available the whole year. That doesn’t mean I buy it, because more often than not, it doesn’t have that sweet, juicy flavor that makes watermelon so iconic. 

Here in California, berries are available eight months of the year. But that doesn’t mean that they are at the peak of their sweetness. 

I’m very much in the mindset that fruits have their season. Now is the time to enjoy the bounty of peaches, apricots, plums, cherries and summer melons.  

I’m very much in the mindset that fruits have their season. Now is the time to enjoy the bounty of peaches, apricots, plums, cherries and summer melons.

This is the season to add fruits to cottage cheese for breakfast, to toss them into salads for lunch, to grill them alongside steak and chicken and, especially, to bake them into desserts. 

In America, we are so blessed to have such bounty, selection and affordable prices for our fresh fruit and vegetables.

This week, I had a houseguest, my cousin Alia’s daughter Bianca, who stayed with us on her stopover to Paris. A lawyer, Bianca has worked for the French government of New Caledonia for several years. 

Sadly, since May of this year, New Caledonia has been experiencing civil unrest. The indigenous Koumac people, armed and trained by the government of Kazakhstan, want the French to leave. Recently, France voted to approve reforms that allow thousands of French residents, who have lived in the territory for 10 years or more, to vote in local elections. This led to an uprising and civil strife. Life is no longer paradise on this tropical Pacific island. My cousin and her husband will try to sell their beautiful home and leave, as soon as they possibly can. Bianca, like many in the French government offices, has had to leave her job. 

Luckily for her, she has a passion for fitness to pursue. Like many young women, from the age of 13 to 23, she suffered from an eating disorder. She overcame the disease through understanding that food was her ally. Now, she enjoys a healthy relationship with food. She is a full-time fitness coach with an App that allows her to help French clients from all over the world. She created her company Level Up to help girls feel better about themselves. She is passionate about the idea that we have the ability to transform ourselves physically and, most especially mentally.   

Before her arrival, I stocked the refrigerator with fruits and vegetables and her favorite — cottage cheese. 

During her first breakfast with us, she was so excited to see all the fruits on the table. She told me that she never eats cherries or berries back home because they are so expensive. An imported (small) bag of cherries can cost $30. 

It made me appreciate just how lucky we are to have such bounty at our markets.


Apricot season is short. 

When my son Ariel was only 18 months old, he learned just how short and fickle apricot season is. In the late spring, our friends and neighbors had an impressive crop of apricots on the beautiful tree in their front yard. 

For two months, every morning and every afternoon, he would toddle off to pluck a ripe, pale orange and blush pink treat off the tree. One day, he arrived to find the tree totally bare of fruit. I will never forget his disappointment. 

Apricots were cultivated in China and Central Asia around 2000 BCE. They emigrated with traders along the Great Silk Road to Persia, who called it zardaloo, meaning “yellow plum.” This member of the rose family, like its agricultural relatives, peaches, plums, cherries and almonds, spread throughout Eurasia and the Middle East. In the 1700s, Spanish missionaries brought apricots to California. The name apricot derives from al-barqouq in Arabic and is similar to the French abricot. In Hebrew, apricots are called mishmish.

Apricots, with their sweet, floral taste and hint of tanginess, are wonderful in desserts and alongside meats. Because of their short season, apricots are mostly consumed dried, canned or as jam. But Rachel and I recommend you grab some and bake them in a gorgeous galette. Serve with fresh raspberries and vanilla ice cream for a scrumptious summer treat. 


One of our favorite desserts to bake in the summer is an easy fresh fruit galette. For the crust, I love to use a parve savory Israeli pastry that is available at the kosher market. Normally used for quiche, this crust contains no sugar. It is wonderfully flaky but not greasy. (If you are having a dairy meal, by all means, use a butter crust.) I love to spread what I call “lazy girls” frangipane on the bottom of the crust. Then I layer whatever delicious fresh fruits I have on hand. The frangipane tastes like the filling of an almond croissant. I make it with vegan butter, but is also very delicious with real butter. 

Of course, baking apricots, peaches, plums and berries brings out their sweet, tart flavors and intensifies their rich color. 

The beauty of making a galette is how easy it to put together.

Not to mention that it’s a great way of using up fruit that has gone a little soft. The galette can be baked ahead and served at room temperature or gently reheated. 

A lovely rustic galette is the perfect way to celebrate that special summer feel. 


Apricot galette (Photo by Sephardic Spice Girls)

Easy Frangipane Fruit Galette

One sheet frozen pie dough

¾ cup almond flour

¾ cup confectioners sugar

½ cup butter

2 eggs

1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Splash of rum or ½ teaspoon almond extract, optional

2 cups sliced fruit (apricots, peaches, or plums) and whole berries

1 egg, beaten for egg wash 

3-4 Tbsp turbinado or white sugar

Defrost store-bought dough in the refrigerator, overnight.

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a blender or a small bowl, mix the almond flour and sugar, and vanilla. Add the butter and almond extract, and mix until smooth. 

Blend in the eggs.

Roll out the dough onto the parchment lined baking sheet.

Spread the frangipane paste lightly onto the tart dough, leaving a 1-inch rim around the edges of the dough. 

Place the cut up fruits or berries on top of the frangipane. 

Fold the edges of the dough over the fruit to form a crust. 

Brush the rim of the crust with a generous amount of egg wash.

Sprinkle the edges of the galette with about 2 tablespoons of sugar. 

Sprinkle another tablespoon of sugar over the fruit.

Bake the galette until the crust is golden brown and the fruit is cooked through, about 30 minutes. 

Remove from the oven and let the galette cool for about 10 minutes before serving.

Sharon Gomperts and Rachel Emquies Sheff have been friends since high school. The Sephardic Spice Girls project has grown from their collaboration on events for the Sephardic Educational Center in Jerusalem. Follow them
on Instagram @sephardicspicegirls and on Facebook at Sephardic Spice SEC Food.

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