These gluten free Mixed Berry Galettes are cute, rustic, AIP, paleo and vegan. The recipe is easy to make and an absolute favorite summer treat.
This post is sponsored by Bob’s Red Mill. Products used in this recipe were sent to me by Bob’s and the opinions and text are all mine.
Gluten free and grain-free pastry crusts can be delicious, trust me! Cassava flour is the my grain-free flour of choice and I’m using frozen palm shortening as the butter substitute. The result is a wonderfully flaky crust that comes together easily in a food processor.
As many of you who are familiar with grain-free baking know, it’s quite different than working with gluten-full doughs and batters. The texture is often a lot drier and less pliable due to the absence of gluten and can be a bit tricky to work with. This is why I love galettes! They lend themselves well to grain-free baking because of their rustic nature – imperfection is absolutely the goal. If you’re intimidated by grain-free pastry making, you should check out the tips below for working with grain-free crusts.
These mini galettes are the perfect summer treat and are my go-to dessert to enjoy in-season berries!
Here are the main ingredients in these Mixed Berry Galettes:
- Cassava flour – I used Bob’s Red Mill Cassava flour in this recipe for the perfect grain-free pastry crust.
- Palm shortening (frozen) – this is the butter substitute in this recipe. It provides a delicious, flaky crust that isn’t too oily and it’s also coconut free for all you folks who need to avoid coconut!
- Berries – you can really use any berries you like. I’ve used fresh strawberries and blueberries, but raspberries also work well here, as do blackberries and even cherries!
- Lemon zest – this adds a nice bright flavor to the recipe and complements the berries beautifully
- Maple sugar – these galettes are only lightly sweetened with maple sugar to keep this recipe low on added sugars. You can substitute with coconut sugar here as well!
- Apple cider vinegar – this helps tenderize the dough but don’t worry, you won’t taste it.
- Tapioca starch – This is used to thicken the berry mixture once it bakes. My go-to brand is always Bob’s Red Mill Tapioca Starch. You can also substitute with their arrowroot starch.
Grain-free Pastry Crust Tips
- Ensure your palm shortening is actually frozen. The frozen pea-sized pieces of palm shortening help create pockets of air for a flakier galette crust. If the shortening is too warm, it will combine into the flour and can make the dough a lot denser. I measure out my palm shortening and leave it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes until it is solid. I then chop it into a few pieces before placing it into the food processor to pulse into pea-sized pieces.
- Ensure your dough has the right amount of moisture. Depending on the climate you’re in/altitude you’re at, you might need more or less water than the recipe recommends. I suggest starting with 1/4 cup of water and pulsing just until the dough begins to clump. Use your discretion to determine how much more water is needed so that the texture of the dough is pliable but not wet.
- Work with damp hands to fold the dough. As noted above, grain-free pastry crust is not as pliable as crusts made with gluten. Once I’ve rolled out my dough, I like to keep a ramekin filled with water nearby. I recommend dipping your fingers into water as you fold the dough over the filling and to help patch up any cracks in the dough.
- Refrigerate if necessary. If you’ve over processed the dough and the pastry is too soft/oily feeling, place it in the fridge for a few minutes for the palm shortening to firm up. This will make the dough easier to work with.
- Make into one large galette. If you’re struggling to work with the dough, make your life easier by rolling it out into one large galette.
FAQs for these Mixed Berry Galettes
Can I substitute the palm shortening?
The palm shortening in this recipe is key for the flaky, buttery-like crust. Alternatively, check out my Peach Thyme Galette recipe which uses coconut oil as the fat for the pastry dough. You could try using frozen lard, though I haven’t tested the recipe myself using this substitute.
Can I use frozen berries?
You can use frozen berries but they will contain a lot more water. I recommend defrosting before using them so you can strain some of the liquid before mixing with the other filling ingredients. Alternatively, you can add more tapioca or arrowroot starch to help thicken the liquid or the crust will get too soggy from the excess water.
What can I serve these galettes with?
If you can tolerate coconut, these galettes are. great with some whipped coconut cream or unsweetened coconut yogurt. Strawberry Basil Ice Cream and Blueberry Swirl Ice Cream are some other great AIP pairings.
How do I store these?
Store in a sealed container at room temperature for 24 hours or in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven before serving for the best texture.
Looking for more AIP summer desserts? You might also enjoy:
- Lemon Custard with Strawberry Compote
- Coconut Matcha Pie
- Upside-down Rhubarb Cake
- Lemon-glazed Blueberry Donuts
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