Last week Steve and I hosted a few friends over for dinner, Becky of Vintage Mixer and her husband Josh. I love dining on our deck during the summer and I look for as many opportunities to share the experience with others as possible.
Becky brought the main dish, a delicious pasta with garlic scape pesto, squash and bacon. I provided dessert, and baked a sweet cherry galette with hazelnut crust for the occasion.
I was given a bag of hazelnut flour last month at BlogHer Food from Bob’s Red Mill to sample and I had been saving it for something special. A nutty crust wrapped around fragrant seasonal fruit sounded very special indeed and that’s how this galette was born.
I love summer galettes, they’ve got everything you love about pies but without all the fuss. They’re also great for entertaining, since you can bake them earlier in the day and serve them at room temperature. I liked how this galette turned out and the pairing of cherries and hazelnut was spot on. The nutty crust was a little more difficult to work with than traditional pie crust, but the texture and flavor made it worth the extra effort.
The whole evening was wonderful— great food and great company. Plus, we were able to enjoy a few little baby snuggles from their son, Everett. You don’t realize how big your own baby is getting (he’ll be 15 months old this month!) until you hold a newborn and get a little perspective.
Shared meals truly are the best meals. Thanks for joining us, Becky and Josh!
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