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Fresh Fruit Galettes

I was watching The Barefoot Contessa the other day and was inspired to make her Fruit Galette.

The french pastry is super easy to make and I promise your home will smell amazing as they bake. You will need to purchase frozen puff pastry dough and fresh fruit of your choice. I used strawberries and Granny Smith apples. You will also need sugar, cinnamon and butter. I like to use unsalted butter for all of my baking needs. Apricot jam will be used to make a glaze. A knife, measuring cup or a regular spoon, and a cutting board are all needed.

You will need to thaw the puff pastry dough for about 30-45 mins until it is defrosted and ready to use. Then simply cut it into rectangular shapes. When I unfolded mine it naturally had lines to make three long sheets from where it was folded. I cut it along those lines and then halved those so I ended up with 6 small rectangles. Slice your fruit thinly and evenly spread onto the pastry dough in whatever pattern you like. Generously cover the top of the fruit with sugar. The sugar will sweeten the fruit and caramelize upon baking. I sprinkled a bit of cinnamon on the apples to add extra holiday flavor. Cut small bits of butter to dot on the top of the sugar. This will ensure richness and a beautiful color to the top of the pastry. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until the pastry is puffed and a nice golden brown color.

Take out of the oven and let cool. While they cool you can make the glaze. Take a cup of the apricot jam and add a bit of water to thin it out and mix in a saucepan to heat through. Take a pastry brush and gloss the tops of the treats with the glaze. The thin layer will leave your pastries looking store bought and add to the depth of flavor.

Let the glaze set and serve!

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Stone Fruits

I have been obsessed with stone fruits lately. The fruits that are part of the stone fruit family are peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, and cherries. They commonly are referred to as “stone fruits” because the seed is very large and hard.

Stone fruits have many benefits. They contain Vitamin C which helps the body form collagen—the main protein in connective tissue—in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. It also helps to increase iron absorption. They have lots of potassium, which is key for proper nerve and muscle function. They help to strenghten your bones due to the vitamin K they contain. All stone fruits contain lots of fiber in their skin to help keep you regular and fight bloat.

I really enjoy the sweetness of the fruit and often cut them up and have them for breakfast or a snack. I also use them as toppings on yogurt, cottage cheese, cereal, and on pancakes. They are also a good on-the-go snack as they just need to be rinsed and are ready to eat.

The colors of these fruits are so beautiful and are sure to brighten your day!

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