Peaches are my favorite food. My absolute favorite. I honestly think they taste the best unadulterated, just eaten fresh off the tree, with the juice all over my face in all of their slurpy glory. And happy first day of summer - don't mind if I do. As the summer solstice is already here at our doorstep, this Galette offering is an opportune tribute to the beautiful new season, with bountiful and vibrant vegetable and fruit offerings and hot, sticky firefly filled nights. Even as I write this, I'm sitting in my "summer office", my big southern front porch, rocking in the porch swing my grandfather made many many years ago. I just can't not be outside. I've been dreaming of having a Summer Fairy Garden Party with some of my fairy-esque girlfriends this summer, but alas, how quickly calendars fill up. I'll put that one on the shelf for next year and I'll keep this recipe handy because it's absolutely going to make an appearance on that magical future table. 



When I cook with peaches, I like to keep it basic and simple. Peaches are already so sweet, they barely need any help in that baking department. And coincidentally the little herbal spirits that are lavender buds taste amazingly good combine with the juicy sweetness of peaches. They bake up like a dream, and the flavor carries through robustly. Galettes are (relatively) fail-roof. They're meant to be rustic, kind of haphazard and sloppy, and quick to prepare. I prefer desserts that aren't' terribly sweet, but just offer a hint of natural nectar and ripeness. This Galette does just that. My ideal summer night sweet treat.  







Lavender & Peach Galette

For the Pastry

 1 1/4 cup Spelt flour

 8 tbsp chilled butter

 1 tsp pink salt

 For the Filling

 3 medium sized ripe peaches

 2 tsp lavender flowers

 1 tsp vanilla extract

 2 tbsp raw honey
Serves 4

For the Pastry

Combine flour, butter and salt in a food processor until small chunks form. Add in 3-4 tbsp cold water to make a doughy consistency and pulse just a few times to mix well. Form into a ball and kneed gently, only about 30 seconds. Form into a disc and wrap in saran wrap. Let cool in the fridge for 30 minutes

For the Filling

Slice peaches about 1/2 inch thick and place in a large bowl. Add lavender flowers, vanilla and honey and mix gently and well until combine. Pre-heat the oven to 400F. Roll out the dough into about a 12 inch diameter, making sure not to have any thin areas. Fill the center with the peach filling, leaving about 2 inches all around. Fold over the edges of the dough to cover the edges of the peaches. Optional: Lightly wet the edges of the galette and sprinkle the edges with turbinado sugar. Bake for 40 minutes, until the tops just begins to turn golden brown. Let cool for 10 minutes, then cut into quarters.