Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette - an easy, summery free-form pie

For the record, I take photos of the food I share here before we all dive into it; it’s not styled in a studio, and more often than not people are sitting around while I snap, waiting to eat it. Such was the case this evening, when a handful of family came over for pizza in the back yard. Because there are so many berries in the city right now (the benefit of breaking all records for heat and sun this year) I made a pie.

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette 1

A galette, actually – a free-form pie you assemble and bake on a baking sheet rather than in a pie plate (although a pie plate works well too, and contains any leaks), which is one of my favourite things to do with a chunk of puff pastry. It was one of the items that got ejected from my overstuffed freezer in order to make room for the ice cream insert (priorities) – almost like it was meant to be.

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette 5

The thing about pie is, you find yourself making it when you have a plethora of summer fruit in the kitchen, and often the varieties of berries, stone fruits and the like are random. Rarely do I find a pie recipe and seek out ingredients in the quantities listed – it’s always backwards, inspired by what I have. Because all summer dog walks begin with coffee and end with a coffee cup full of saskatoons from the dog park (I pick them high), I had saskatoons to use, and raspberries from our CSA box (with more in wait in my sister’s back yard across the street). There are some who don’t love saskatoon pie (true story!), and I suspect it’s because the berries, a hardier form of blueberry, can be a little more one-dimensional than blueberries. They benefit from a but of acid, and tart raspberries do the trick.

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette 4

Free-form it here – add a little more sugar if you like to veer away from the tart side (I like fruit pies tart, and not overly sweet), and a little less cornstarch if you have more saskatoons than raspberries, which are far juicier. Don’t be too tied to precision – it’s impossible with fruit pies, when fruit of all kinds has a range of sweet, sour, tart and juicy. I like to err on the side of less starch – I prefer a juicy pie to a thick, stodgy one.

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette 3

This whole galette project is about imperfection, really – fold the sides of the pastry up to roughly enclose the berries, but don’t worry too much about escaping juices. No matter how wonky it looks going into the oven, it will look fabulous coming out, and be easier to slice and serve than a fully deep-dish pie. In fact, it’s more like a giant fruit-heavy danish – I’d say it’s as perfect a candidate for breakfast as anything. Wouldn’t you love a wedge of this for breakfast? Hold the ice cream (or not) and add some coffee.

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette - an easy, summery free-form pie
Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette - an easy, summery free-form pie

Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette


July 30, 2017


1/2 pkg puff pastry dough or pastry for a single crust pie

flour, for rolling

1/3 cup sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

pinch salt

3 cups raspberries and saskatoons

1 Tbsp butter, in bits (optional)

milk or cream, for brushing (optional)

coarse sugar, for sprinkling (optional)


1Preheat the oven to 375F.

2On a lightly floured surface, roll your pastry out to a rough circle about 10-12 inches in diameter. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.

3In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add the berries and gently toss to combine. Pour onto the middle of the pastry and fold the edges over, aiming for an inch or so around each side to contain them. If you like, dot the berries with butter, brush the edge of the pastry with milk or cream and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

4Bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden and bubbling and the juices are no longer cloudy. Cool to warm before slicing and serving with ice cream or whipped cream. Serves 6-8.


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3 comments on “Raspberry-Saskatoon Galette

  1. custom
    June 20, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Saskatoon Berry Galette with Raspberry Granola Topping inspired by Chef Blair Lebsack is a seasonal delicacy, a show stopper.Saskatoon Berry Galette with Raspberry Granola Topping inspired by Chef Blair Lebsack is a seasonal delicacy, a show stopper and easy to make!

  2. Deanna
    July 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Looks wonderful, I will have to try it when my Saskatoons ripen.

    Just a note on the Saskatoon , Service Berry, they are more closely related to the apple, than the blueberry.

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