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When it comes to bringing a dessert to a party or summer bbq, a fruit galette is the way to go.  Absolutely, no question. First off, they are way easier to make than a traditional pie especially in an unairconditioned summer kitchen (hello, welcome to my world.) The pastry is a lot friendlier and forgiving than a pie dough due to the addition of a bit of sugar and is much easier to handle. Since galettes are free-form, they scale up or down easily and take any extra fruit additions like a champ. The filling is simple: some kind of fruit, sugar, a bit of thickener and if you’re feeling super duper fancy, some citrus zest and/or juice. But the number one reason you should be bringing galettes to parties is that there is no need to bring a pan home. Nope. No driving back the next day to get your pie tin, no wondering where the hell the bottom to your tart pan went. Slide that thing off the sheet pan onto a piece of cardboard or a cheap thrift store plate and you’re off. How many pie plates and tart pan bottoms have you lost over the years, left at long forgotten parties? Exactly my point.

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I’ve never been a fan of tomato tarts. The idea is always appealing, especially around this time of year when gorgeously juicy tomatoes in every color of the rainbow are bursting forth from lush backyards and heavy market tables. Really now, what doesn’t sound wonderful about a slightly warm juicy tomato encased in a buttery pastry crust? Along with heavily buttered sweet corn, it just screams summer. Loudly. The problem starts with everything that makes that tomato so delicious: the juice. As soon as that sliced beauty hits the oven, the juices start flowing creating the mortal enemy of flaky pastries everywhere. Sogginess. After too many droopy tarts, I gave up. Until now.

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