A golden brown peach galette is the ideal summer dessert—fresh in-season fruit meets buttery, flaky goodness. And we can’t neglect the fact that galettes are incredibly easy to make. Plus, when it comes to appearance, it’s all about making it rustic, no fussing required. I finish this stunning peach galette with a drizzle of honey, flaky sea salt, and fresh thyme from the garden, but ice cream or whipped cream is also a stellar move.
This galette is…
- Perfectly sweet—aka not cloyingly sweet
- Slightly savory
- Easier to make than pie
This fresh peach galette, aka free-form tart, features an all-butter pie crust. All-butter is important here as it creates a sturdier pie dough than one made with both butter and shortening. Not to mention it makes a more flavorful dough as well.
The filling is simple. First off, it utilizes coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. For a bit of zing, I add some lime zest and juice—it pairs well with both the peaches and the coconut sugar.
For a little something extra, I sprinkle Aged Gouda over the crust before adding the fruit. But don’t worry—the Gouda doesn’t over power the galette or steal the show, it simply adds a nice savory nuttiness that’s unbeatable.
Finally, I like my crust to have a little crunch, so I finish the edges with both sliced almonds and turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw). Both are completely optional, but highly recommended.
How to make a peach galette (step-by-step images)
Make the crust: pulse the flours and salt together in a food processor. Scatter the butter over the flour and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse sand. Add the water tablespoon at a time, while pulsing, until a very rough dough comes together.
Turn the mixture out onto a surface and smear it against the counter until a dough comes together; form into a disk, wrap with plastic, and chill for 1 hour (or up to 2 days ahead of time).
Roll the dough out: place the dough between two sheets of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12-inch circle. Transfer dough, still between the paper, onto a baking sheet and chill for 15 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375ºF with rack set in middle position.
Assemble: remove the top sheet of parchment paper. Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border around the edge. Arrange the peaches in a spiral over the cheese. Drizzle any accumulated juices over the peaches. Fold the outer 2 inches of dough over the filling, pleating dough every 2–3 inches as needed.
Finish the crust: brush the edges of the dough with an egg wash, sprinkle with turbinado sugar and almonds (if using).
Bake: bake the galette until golden brown and peaches are tender, 50–60 minutes.
Finish: let the tart cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and cool 20 minutes until the juices have thickened. Drizzle the glaette with honey and sprinkle with flaky sea salt and fresh thyme.
Go the extra mile: love ice cream like I do? Serve a slice of this galette topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Can I make a peach galette ahead of time?
Galettes are best enjoyed on the same day they’re made. However, since this galette is made with a sturdy all-butter crust, it does hold up well for a day or so. I recommend making and serving this on the same day, just know that the leftovers keep well!
If you’d like to jumpstart the process, prep the pie dough, form into a 6-inch disk, wrap in plastic and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 days ahead of time.
How to store a peach galette
If you’re planning to bake and serve the galette on the same day, keep the galette at room temperature until serving. Store leftovers in the refrigerator either in a container, on the sheet pan, or on a plate covered with foil. Reheat individual pieces in the microwave in 30 seconds increments or reheat the entire galette at 300ºF for about 10 minutes.
How long does a peach galette last?
At most, a homemade fruit galette will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. However, I do not recommend storing and enjoying it for that long. Store the baked galette, or any leftovers, in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Variations on this galette recipe
- Swap the peaches with other stone fruit such as plums, apricots, or a combination of the two.
- Add almond—skip the gouda and top the dough with almond paste instead.
- Swap the thyme for fresh rosemary.
- Use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar.
- Swap the lime juice and zest with lemon juice and zest.
- Play around with puff pastry in place of pie crust—this has not been tested, but might be a fun thing to experiment with!
Desserts you may also like…
- Fruit Tart with Mascarpone Whipped Cream (100% whole-wheat)
- Blueberry Rhubarb Pie
- Cherry–Almond Crisp (GF)
More peach recipes…
- Peaches ‘n Cream Scones
- Roasted Peach Freezer Jam
- Simple Summer Salad with Peaches & Burrata
- Turkey, Peach & Basil Sandwiches
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Peach & Gouda Galette with Thyme
- 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
- ½ cup (70g) spelt flour
- ½ teaspoon table salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in ¼ inch pieces, chilled
- 3 –5 tablespoons ice water
- 1 pound ripe but firm peaches, halved, pitted and cut into ½-inch wedges
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- 1 lime zested and juiced
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 2 ounces Aged Gouda, shredded (½ cup), such as Old Amsterdam
- 1 egg, beaten
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- Turbinado sugar, optional
- Honey, flaky sea salt, and fresh thyme for serving
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine flours and salt. Scatter chilled butter over top and pulse until mixture resembles coarse sand and butter pieces are the size of small lentils, about 10 pulses. Continue pulsing, adding water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough begins to form small curds that hold together when pinched, about 10 pulses.
- Turn mixture onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a rectangular pile. Use the heel of your hand to smear a small amount of the dough against the counter. Continue this process until all of the dough has been processed. Collect dough into a rectangular pile and repeat smearing process once more. Form dough into a 6-inch disk, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour (or up to 2 days).
- Roll dough into a 12-inch circle between two sheets of parchment paper lightly dusted with flour. Slide dough, still between parchment paper, onto a rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat oven to 375ºF with rack set in lower-third.
- Toss peach wedges with coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons lime zest, and cornstarch. Remove the top sheet of parchment from dough. Sprinkle Gouda over dough, leaving a 2-inch border around edge of dough. Layer peach wedges over cheese in a spiral working from the outside towards the center, leaving the 2-inch border around edge of dough. Drizzle any accumulated juices from the bowl over the peaches.
- Fold outer 2 inches of dough over filling, pleating dough every 2–3 inches as needed. Gently pinch pleated dough to secure, making sure not to pinch dough into fruit. Brush tart dough with beaten egg then sprinkle dough with almonds and turbinado sugar, if using.
- Bake tart until golden brown and peaches are tender, 50–60 minutes. Rotating sheet halfway through baking.
- Let tart cool on sheet for 10 minutes. Slide onto a wire rack and cool until juices have thickened, about 20 minutes. Drizzle galette with honey and sprinkle with flaky sea salt and fresh thyme.