For this month’s secret recipe club, I was asked to make something from Julia’s fun blog: Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. Immediately upon assignment, I started perusing Julia’s recipes: I found so many that looked so great, it was really hard to choose just one. I also kept getting sucked into her stories…she’s very funny!

Many of her salads and vegetable dishes are stunning, but it’s in the dessert department that I think Julia really shines. I decided to adapt her Rhubarb Strawberry Pear Galette (a recipe she adapted from Maria) using these black velvet plumcots I’d just brought home from the store.

black velvet apricots

I’ve never had one of these pretty purple fruits before, so I didn’t know what to expect. They look and feel just like purple apricots, and I was hoping they’d taste like apricots, too: I bought a big bag intending to make jam. But the flavor is much more like a plum, which I honestly don’t love as much as apricots. My kids enjoy plums and proclaimed these super delicious, though, so I nixed the jam plans and made this galette instead.

I followed Julia’s crust recipe almost to the letter, but swapped in 3/4 cup rye flour for the wheat flour (the inspiration for which came from Good to the Grain), and omitted the salt. I tinkered with the filling ingredients to accommodate the plumcots, obviously.

black velvet apricot galette

This galette is not difficult to make at all, and it’s the perfect way to showcase summer fruit. Also, I found that when the plumcots were cooked, their flavor is more like apricots than when the fruit is raw, so I really loved this galette. I did not add much sweetener to the filling, so it was a bit tart, which I loved. You might want to add more brown sugar if tart is not your thing.

This would makes a great end to a meal, but it’s been so hot that I baked mine up early in the morning, then served it with Greek yogurt for breakfast. Cold leftovers are delicious, as well, and the crust holds up just beautifully.

Recipe for Plumcot Galette

Yield: Serves 6-8

Cook Time: 50 minutes


For the dough:
*1 cup organic all-purpose flour
*3/4 cup organic rye flour
*1/3 cup organic brown sugar
*1/4 cup organic coarse cornmeal
*1/2 cup (1 stick) cold organic butter, cut into 8 pieces
*1/3 cup all-natural buttermilk
*1.5 pounds black velvet plumcots
*1-2 teaspoons apricot butter or apricot jam
*1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
*1-2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
*1 tablespoon organic cornstarch
*1 egg, beaten


1. To make the dough, combine flours, sugar, and cornmeal in a food processor. Pulse 2-3 times to combine. Add butter and pulse a few more times, until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the food processor running, slowing pour in the buttermilk, processing just until the dough forms a ball (you don't want to work the dough because you want it to be tender). Remove the dough ball and stick any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 45 minutes or more before rolling out.

2. Preheat to 350 degrees F.

3. Combine sliced plumcots, maple syrup, and cornstarch in a medium bowl. Mix well, then taste the fruit. How tart it is should determine how much brown sugar you sprinkle on later. Set aside.

4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a parchment line baking sheet. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 12-14 inch wide circle.

5. Spoon the fruit mixture into the center of the dough. Depending on how wide your dough circle is, you may not use every last bit of the fruit, and there will definitely be some juice leftover (if you spoon too much of the juice in, it will probably leak out), which you can save for another purpose. Make sure to leave a border of several inches around the fruit.

6. Lift and gather the edges of the dough up and over the fruit. Gaps in the dough will cause the juices to leak, so press gently to seal the dough well. Brush the dough with the egg wash, then sprinkle the fruit with 1-2 tablespoons of brown sugar (I used 1 tablespoon, and sprinkled a little on the crust as well). Chill until the oven is ready.

7. Bake for 45-50 minutes until the crust is nicely brown and the filling is bubbly. Allow to cool before serving.

8. Serve with vanilla ice cream or homemade whipped cream, or serve with Greek yogurt for a more virtuous dessert (or breakfast).

Adapted from Julia, who adapted it from Maria.



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    Lisa (This Little Piggy) — July 18, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    Oooh how pretty! I bought a load of plums this weekend. You are inspiring me!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:34 am

      Thanks Lisa! Hope you try it…

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    Julia — July 18, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    Oh my gosh, you are too kind! Amazing job, I could dive right in, and with greek yogurt for breakfast…*sigh* I can just imagine it with a cup of coffee. I’d like some RIGHT NOW!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      Thank you for the inspiration Julia! Loved getting to know your blog ;)

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    Island Vittles — July 18, 2011 @ 11:09 am

    What a beautiful galette and the perfect way to highlight the summer fruit coming into season as I type! Theresa

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      Thank you!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — July 18, 2011 @ 11:35 am

    It’s absolutely beautiful! I need to keep my eyes out for plumcots – I’ve never even seen them!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:35 am

      If you can’t find them, just use apricots. Or plums. Or peaches. Lots of options :)

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    Lisa @ The Gonzo Gourmet — July 18, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    Such a treat to be in SRC with you – your photography is stunning. I have a million peaches right now and I think this could adapt easily to that fruit. I like that you use rye flour … I’m just getting started learning to bake and am intrigued by the variety of flours.

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Thanks Lisa! I love the rye flour in here. Adds sturdiness and great flavor ;)

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    Beth — July 18, 2011 @ 12:26 pm

    What a gorgeous galette! It looks amazing.

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Thank you Beth!

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    Angie@Angiesrecipes — July 18, 2011 @ 12:45 pm

    What a great fruit galette! Wish I could have a slice now with tea.

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      Me too. I need to make another one!

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    Jo — July 18, 2011 @ 12:47 pm

    That looks like a fabulous breakfast, could you send some my way?

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

      I wish. Already ate it all :)

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    sara — July 18, 2011 @ 12:53 pm

    i love that last photo, winnie! Beautiful post!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:37 am

      Oh thank you Sara! Your comments mean a lot…hope you’re having a great summer ;)

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    Sasha @ The Procrastobaker — July 18, 2011 @ 1:49 pm

    The colours in this are so beautiful! Perfection in a galette :) Ive never had a plumcot either but very much would like to after seeing your lovely post!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:37 am

      Thanks so much!

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    marla — July 18, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

    Winnie, simply the thought of Black Velvet Plumcots has my attention. Turning them into this beautiful galette has me smitten.

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks Marla…I want to make it again it was so good!

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    Shelby — July 18, 2011 @ 4:19 pm

    I love the rye in the dough. I just want to reach in and dig in. Looks delicious!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      Thanks Shelby- I’ve never baked with rye in anything other than bread. Loved it in this crust.

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    Kate — July 18, 2011 @ 6:06 pm

    This looks lovely and delish! SRC is fun. I enjoy participating with you.

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:38 am

      Thank Kate- yes, I enjoy SRC a lot!

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    Rachel — July 18, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    I made my first galette a few weeks ago and fell in love. They are so simple, yet so delicious and beautiful!

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:39 am

      So simple compared to pie, right? No worrying that it has to be perfect!

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    Lisa~~ — July 18, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    This looks amazing! So beautiful and delish.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook

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    The Café Sucré Farine — July 19, 2011 @ 2:04 am

    How pretty, and it looks delicious too! I love the colors, great photography! Thanks for sharing, Chis

    • Winnie replied: — July 19th, 2011 @ 9:39 am

      Thanks Chris…I really appreciate your sweet comment.

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    Georgia Pellegrini — July 19, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    These plums are just gorgeous! What a wonderful recipe, the crust even looks good for you :)

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      It’s not bad for you at all. Do you have Good to the Grain? Such a great book ;)

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    Katie — July 19, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    Beautiful photos and a delicious looking Galette! Love the use of the Rye flour in the crust.

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      Thanks so much Katie!

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    Joyti — July 19, 2011 @ 1:27 pm

    I tried making a whole wheat plum tart…and it looked nothing as terrific as yours. Your galette looks gorgeous, and the crust sound fabulous.

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

      Thanks so much :)

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    Kim - Liv Life — July 19, 2011 @ 7:56 pm

    Love this one! Actually here I’ve seen them called pluots.. my daughter adored them last year and last week I purchased a huge bag of them, she won’t touch them. Ugh! Looks like your post is very timely for me!

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

      Isn’t it maddening how kids’ tastes change like that?! I’ve also seen them called apriums ;)

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    Oui, Chef — July 19, 2011 @ 8:13 pm

    There is hardly anything better than a simple, rustic galette. Yours looks like perfection! – S

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

      Thanks Steve! It was one of the best things I’ve made recently, that is for sure :)

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    Mardi@eatlivetravelwrite — July 20, 2011 @ 5:13 am

    That is one beautiful galette :) Gorgeous colours and the crust looks divine!

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

      Thanks Mardi!

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    Amanda — July 25, 2011 @ 7:37 pm

    Winnie, this is so stunning! I am always wowed by your photographs :) I am featuring this on the SRC website tomorrow morning!

    • Winnie replied: — July 25th, 2011 @ 9:14 pm

      Yay! Thanks Amanda- really appreciate all the work you’re putting into the SRC ;)

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    Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and Healthy — July 26, 2011 @ 3:02 pm

    I’ve never had plumcots, either, also not a huge fan of plums. This looks so delicious, and I love how you swapped in some rye. I bet it went great with the plumcots!

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    Stephanie — July 28, 2011 @ 2:41 pm

    That looks delicous. Now I just have to see about finding black velvet pumcots… the name alone is enticing. I do love plums, though, and once had a trip through Germany where my quest became the perfect plum kuchen.

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    Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen — July 28, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    This plumcot galette looks so juicy and delicious, and I love the color combinations of yellow, purple and red from the fruit. Great recipe choice!

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    Trisha — July 28, 2011 @ 8:24 pm

    Beautiful Galette. Nice start to the day by having some for breakfast!

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    Amy @ A Little Nosh — July 29, 2011 @ 8:24 am

    I love that you served it for breakfast. Looks absolutely delicious!

    Glad to be part of SRC with you!

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    Jeanette — July 29, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Winnie, this galette us just stunning with those black velvet plumcots. Love the whole grain flours you used in this recipe.

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    Jenny @ Savour the Senses — July 29, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Yum! I love baking with plums, they give such a unique flavor. Great recipe, glad to find you from SRC =)

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    Lynne — July 31, 2011 @ 2:06 pm

    Your galette looks delicious! I love cooking with plums, too. Are they also called pluots?

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