Blackberry + Pear Galette w/Woodsman & Wilderness

Happy Saturday!! If you’re like me, the second fall hits, I am alllll about all the baking. Galettes are such an easy dessert to whip up. They are simply a rustic version of a pie – easy-going and they don’t need to be perfect, which is why they are so charming! Don’t get me wrong, I still love pie-making, but this is quicker and a great desert to have your younger children help with.

My seven year old made this Blackberry and Pear Galette almost completely by herself, I just helped with the directions.

DSC_4943I forget how simple crust really is to make and it’s always fun to get your hands into the dough!Collage1.jpgWhile our dough was in the refrigerator, she mixed up the ingredients with our beautiful Woodsman & Wilderness spoon DSC_4961 copyDSC_4970 copyShe rolled out the homemade dough using her rolling pin from Woodsman & Wilderness – made just her size and beautiful to work with! Like any kid, she loves when anything is just like something I have, but scaled down to her size. It’s much easier for her to work with than a larger rolling pin, so I love having it in our kitchen, especially since we love baking together! It’s is also great for my younger daughter, who is three! I can’t wait to use it for Christmas cut-out cookies!DSC_5025How beautiful is this rolling pin?!?Collage2DSC_4993 copy-Recovered copy

DSC_5000-2 copyYUM!Collage3DSC_5016 copyDSC_5023 copyDSC_5039 copyDSC_5047 copyThe only thing we would do differently next time is omit the rosemary, neither of us especially liked the added flavor of the rosemary, but otherwise it was delicious, especially with a big ‘ol scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!

I found this particular galette recipe on Pinterest:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour plus extra for your work surface
  • A pinch of salt
  • 4 tablespoon sugar divided
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons iced water
  • 2 packs fresh blackberries 12oz each
  • 1 small-medium sized pear. cut roughly into small cubes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons milk

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place the flour, salt and 1 tablespoons sugar into a bowl.
  3. Add the butter, cut into small pieces
  4. Break the butter up in the flour with your fingers or a pastry cutter until it’s like the size of small peas.
  5. Add the iced water and gently mix until it all comes together.
  6. Place the dough in a zip lock bag and keep in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to relax.
  7. Add the blackberries, diced pear, 2 tablespoons sugar and rosemary to the bowl.
  8. Toss well coating the blackberries with the sugar and rosemary.
  9. Roll the dough out into a circle about 10 inches wide in diameter.
  10. Transfer the pastry carefully to a large baking tray with a piece of parchment paper.
  11. Place the blackberry mixture in a pile in the center of the pastry leaving a 2-inch border.
  12. Fold the border in towards the blackberries creating a break wall to stop the filling escaping.
  13. Using a pastry brush, glaze the pastry with some of the milk and sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  14. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 375 degrees F.
  15. Bake for a further 40-45 minutes or until the galette crust is golden and the fruit is slightly bubbling.
  16. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

flowers + milk

This weekend I treated the girls to a flower + milk bath. Have you ever had one? I made one for myself when I was pregnant and it was calming and so pretty. I knew they’d love the idea and of course they both were so excited to help sprinkle in the powdered milk and put the flowers into the water. They always think it’s a little bit special to get to bathe in our big tub, anyway, so it was something fun for them to do while Caleb was napping.DSC_0856If you’re interested in trying, go for it! Don’t be intimidated and don’t think it’s only for special occasions! It’s a perfect way to break up the monotony of daily bath time and it can be super relaxing. Why not make a nice afternoon bath a little extra special? Collage4DSC_0901Collage1DSC_0873DSC_0912The carnation flowers were a bit heavy and kept tipping over, so I gently opened them up and that helped. The chamomile flowers were perfect, they floated well and were simple and pretty. I tried this with dahlias once before and they started falling apart almost immediately, so this definitely isn’t for every flower! 😉 For the milk, I just used some inexpensive powdered milk from the grocery store. If you google “milk bath” I believe there are some other ways to achieve the milk bath look, but this worked just fine for us. Collage2DSC_0940Finally, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, light a candle or two, grab your favorite book and enjoy for yourself, or treat your kiddos to a day at the “spa”! DSC_0948DSC_0945DSC_0963Collage3DSC_1014Collage7DSC_1092DSC_1104DSC_0982DSC_1079

Splish, splash! Enjoy!

xo

Renee

Madelyn is wearing a favorite suit by Minnowswim

Kora is in a J. Crew suit that used to be Madelyn’s

summer picnic

Madelyn starts first grade tomorrow. FIRST. GRADE. I can’t even believe that, but here we are! Last week we had a bit of time, just her and me, so I decided it was time we had a picnic! She had been wanting to have one for so long, so she was very excited! We made simple little sandwiches, packed up some grapes, mixed pink lemonade and played our favorite matching game from Bannor Toys. We clinked our glasses together and she beat me twice! She’s four years older than Kora is and (almost) six years older than Caleb, so sometimes I feel guilty that she misses out on some big kid stuff because the babies can’t always do the things she wants to do, so it was really nice to spend this time together. I think it’s so important to still make time for that one-on-one with your kids, especially once they get bigger.

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