Aug 15, 2011

Baking With Julia Giveaway + Berry Galette Recipe!

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes, Swag

Way before Rachael and Giada, there was Julia Child. What is there to say about her that hasn’t already been said? Julia, so funny and so very tall, shook up America’s culinary repertoire with her two-volume series Mastering the Art of French Cooking. We haven’t been the same since. Today Julia would have been 99 years old. To honor her birthday, we are giving away a copy of Baking with Julia, a collection of recipes based on her Master Chefs TV series that aired on PBS. A full course in the art of baking, the book is filled with helpful how-to’s, illustrations and photographs.

To enter, all you have to do is “like” Amy Atlas on Facebook AND mention your favorite BUTTERY summer treat in honor of Julia in the comment area below, and we’ll announce a random winner this Friday.  Please feel free to say how Julia has inspired you as well.

To whet your appetite, here is a simple recipe from the book that’s perfect for this time of year:

Berry Galette, Courtesy of William Morrow/Harper Collins. Contributing Baker: Flo Braker

Makes 4-6 servings

½ recipe Galette dough (see below), chilled
1 ½ cups mixed fresh berries (or cut-up peeled fruit)
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1 tablespoon cold unsalted butter

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put the dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll it into an 11-inch circle that’s about ? inch thick. Since the dough is soft, you’ll need to lift it now and then and toss some more flour under it and over the top. Roll up the dough around your rolling pin and transfer it to the prepared baking sheet.

Spread the berries over the dough, leaving a 2- to 3-inch border. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of sugar over the fruit and drizzle on the honey, if you’re using it. Cut the butter into slivers and scatter it on top of the fruit. Fold the uncovered border of dough up over the filling, allowing the dough to pleat as you lift it up and work your way around the galette. (Because you’re folding a wide edge of dough onto a smaller part of the circle, it will pleat naturally–just go with it.) Dip a pastry brush in water, give the edge of the crust a light coating, and then sprinkle the crust with the remaining teaspoon of sugar.

Baking the Galette: Bake the galette for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the pastry is golden and crisp. Transfer the baking sheet to a cooling rack and let the galette rest on the sheet for 10 minutes. Slip a wide spatula or a small baking sheet under the galette and slide it onto the cooling rack. Serve warm or at room temperature, cutting the tart with a pizza wheel or a sharp knife. Storing: The galette is best eaten the day it is made.

Galette Dough

3 tablespoons sour cream (or yogurt or buttermilk)
? cup (approximately) ice water
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 6 to 8 pieces

Stir the sour cream and ? cup ice water together in a small bowl; set aside. Put the flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in the work bowl of a processor fitted with the metal blade; pulse to combine. Drop the butter pieces into the bowl and pulse 8 to 10 times, or until the mixture is speckled with pieces of butter that vary in size from bread crumbs to peas. With the machine running, add the sour cream mixture and process just until the dough forms soft, moist curds. Chilling the dough: Remove the dough from the processor, divide it in half, and press each half into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least 2 hours.


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  • Happy Birthday Julia! In your honor I’ll make a pear tart.

  • liz

    We owe a lot to Ms. Child. I just might have to make some of her english muffins today. delicious.

  • Happy Happy Birthday Julia! We are loving grapefruit sorbet.

  • I have already liked your facebook. But I love to make and eat peach cobbler. Happy Birthday Julia!!!

  • Key Lime, Ice Cream and Meringue Pie with Pecan Crust 🙂

  • This summer, my favorite treat has been tart frozen yogurt 🙂 Galettes are a very close second!

  • Tonya

    Already like you on Facebook . . . duh! 😉

  • Tonya

    I am a huge fan of cheesecake during the summer. Since I have learned to make my own ricotta . . . a tequila/ricotta cheesecake with a cornmeal crust has become my addiction!

  • Barbara

    I like Amy on FB and we love homegrown tomatoes

  • Teresa Hemsworth

    I am a facebook fan of Amy Atlas

  • Laney Welch

    What a great recipe -thanks for sharing! I love fruit turnovers!

  • Teresa Hemsworth

    I Love Love cheesecake in the Summer, with berries!

  • Already liking (loving!) you on Facebook…

  • My favorite summer treat… fresh fruits of summer! Strawberries, blueberries, rasp/blackberries, peaches, plums! They are never better than in the summer!

  • “Everything is better with butter”….Julia Child

    I can remember watching her show with my mother… 🙂

    Off to the kitchen….

  • oops…favorite summer treat!!
    Strawberry shortcake… or

    Pound cake + whipped Cream + fresh strawberries/berries = happy family!

  • Amanda

    Peach Cobbler!!!

  • Danielle

    My favorite summer time treat would be homemade ice cream.

  • Evan

    Raising a croissant to Julia this morning.

  • Peggy

    My favorite summer treat is anything with strawberries. Strawberry jam is next on my list this week! Happy birthday, Julia.

  • I grow a lot of herbs in the summer, so my current fave snack is Rosemary Parmesan Shortbread. Delicious! I’m always happy to share the recipe with anyone if it sounds yummy to you!

  • Gloria Star

    Love Julia and just about any recipe with BUTTER! I just walk it off 🙂

  • Love this post! Julia child is such an inspiration! Happy to make a key lime tart today! Topped with fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings! Bad form to say yum but, YUM!

  • Julie

    Like you on FB and I made Julia’s chocolate and Almond cake this summer twice wow to rich for more than a few bites everyone loved it…thanks:)

  • Diane

    My summer favorite is anything I’ve grown in my own backyard.

  • Already like you on Facebook!!

  • I enjoy using the freh summer fruits in a cobbler or crisp!

  • Diane

    Homemade ice cream with fresh, homegrown raspberries can’t be beat.

  • Happy Birthday Juila!!

  • Just went camping with some friends and made some homemade marshmallows from a Dorie Greenspan recipe, and some great homemade graham crackers from Smitten Kitchen. Paired with some Nutella it made for the perfect summer treat!

  • Carol

    Love you on Facebook Amy…let’s go Peach Cobbler!

  • ira

    I Love Almond Shortbread for Summer! Happy Birthday Julia!!

  • Happy Birthday Julia! My favorite buttery treat would have to be shrimp scampi…I absolutely love it. I also liked your page on facebook!

  • sylvia garcia

    Julia Child’s scone recipe…….mmmm, mmmm, good! 🙂 served with fresh mixed berries and homemade whipped cream.

  • Heather

    Happy Birthday Julia!! My favorite treat is creme brulee topped with fresh fruit 🙂

  • Renell Smith

    I can’t wait to make this Berry Galette! Sounds wonderful!

  • wendy ward

    I’m a fan on fb. This summer I’m enjoying strawberries, so delicious.

  • Tami

    Happy birthday, Julia! I love to make jam tarts with a flaky, buttery crust!

  • I already like Amy on FB. My favorite summer dessert is key lime pie!

  • Richel

    Happy Birthday Julia! I love to make peach pie….mmmmm that buttery crust….I always have to have a little extra so I can eat it!!

  • Emmy

    Thank you for recognizing Julia’s birthday. I think those of us who love baking/cooking owe alot to her. I love that she has inspired most well known cooks today. It seems that everything has stemmed from Julia. I feel inspired by her in that she just never gave up. My favorite buttery treat has been a new recipe called Brown Butter crispy treats. Yum!

  • I love her Hollandaise sauce served over grilled asparagus

  • Tina

    Happy Birthday, Julia! I love her recipes for rhubarb bars! Mmmmm. Plus, her detailed explanations were like none other! She was a true pioneer. <3

  • I am a fan on fb and my favorite buttery treat would have to be a stuffed croissant!

  • A buttery croissant would definitely be approved by Julia this morning 🙂

  • How appropriate! We just grabbed a bunch of local berries (ground cherries, red cherries and blackberries) and were planning on making a gallette with it today! We will definitely be trying Miss Julia’s recipe for it. Thank you!

  • RosannaC

    Definitely a fan on facebook! My favorite summer treat is probably key lime pie, paired with the perfect buttery crust.

  • Sylvia

    I “like” Amy Atlas on Facebook and my favorite buttery summer treat is a scone with tea or a nice cold drink!

  • I just liked you on FB. I think my favorite buttery summer treat has to be berry shortcakes. Strawberry, blackberry, huckleberry…and definitely with sprinkled sugar on top of the flaky shortcake. Julia Child is so inspirational.

  • Diane M.

    I liked your Facebook page and my favorite summertime treat to make is chocolate chip cookies, which are equally good warm from the oven or chilled from the freezer.

  • Cecily

    LOVE Julia. Multi-colored corn on the cob, rolled in butter, sprinkled with salt.

  • I remember watching Julia as a child and being totally fascinated. Happy Birthday!

  • Maureen

    Boysenberry Pie – mmmmm… Thanks, Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

  • HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY, Julia! My Mom & I adored Julia Child and her cooking! I watched my mother cook in the kitchen everytime she prepared something new from Julia Child’s recipe book. My Mom followed her recipes page by page & the final product ~ SUPERB!
    We also enjoyed very much watching our Culinary icon on television. I love her voice and the way she talked with such passion for cooking & baking!

    One of my many buttery treats would be when my mom bakes fresh French break on Saturday or Sunday afternoons…the entire house permiated with delicious fresh baked bread & she’d call everyone to the dining room and the whole family would enjoy hot freshly baked French bread smothered with with REAL BUTTER & strawberry jam or orange marmalade! Oooohhh, as my son now would say, “Mom, this is heaven on earth!” 🙂 What could be better than that & family bonding? Thank you Ms. Julia for all your wonderful & delicious inspirations to every kitchen, every home, every family and to the ENTIRE CULINARY WORLD! YOU ROCK!


  • Rossana

    I love to make blueberry muffins!



  • Natasha

    I have been wanting this cook book for so long now! I dvr every epsiode of her cooking show and made my whole family go see the movie when it came out 🙂 My favorite thing to bake is cupcakes but i really like to make cannoli’s and muffins and i want to try truffles and cream horns and napoleons! They are so delicious!!

  • Ms. Child is a true example for humankind. She took what she loved to do and made it her lifes work. We have all benefitted one way or another from her talent. As a child I watched reruns of her show with my dad. Good stuff!

  • Happy Birthday Julia Child! I’m a fan on FB of Amy Atlas AND a real life fan of Julia Child and all buttery treats. I love buttercream frosting and cannolis (my buttery treats). BUT also love peanut butter and butter sandwiches (sounds gluttonous, but it’s so yummy!).

  • Aubrey W.

    I just made Blondies yesterday for a Sunday treat. They called for plenty of butter. Julia would have been proud.

    Note: I liked Amy Atlas on FB 🙂

  • Ashley C.



    What could be better than celebrating with Julia’s decadent chocolate mousse simply DIVINE

  • jennifer I.

    I am a fan of Amy Atlas and a HUGE fan of the Icon Julia Child! In honor of her birthday I’ll whip up some butter cream and frost a fresh strawberry filled cake!

  • Nicole Y.

    I’m an Amy Atlas fan on FB!!

    I love any sort of berry or peach tart or cobbler. YUM!! summer fruits mixed with buttery pastry is going to yield delicious results!

  • I CRAVE berry crisps, tarts, buckles, everything BERRY during the summer! Brown Sugar mixed with BUTTER and berries and oats….delish!

  • Thank you for the tribute to Julia Child, Amy! You inspired me to pull out her cookbook and pick out a recipe for today. Right now, the crepe batter is chilling in the refrigerator. Never has a spatula tasted so good as when I savored Julia Child’s luciously orange butter filling for the crepes. Thank you, Amy, for changing my boring Monday into a celebration of summery citrus!

  • Lauren

    Have been very inspired by your website & blogging! I am a pastry chef by trade & a new mommy trying to balance it all! Strawberry shortcake is the best during the summer with homemade chantilly cream! Dont forget a great lemon sorbet

  • Laura V.

    During the summer I am all about apple crips. Sometimes I’ll change it up with different fruits but there is something wonderful about that butter/sugar mix with some delicious apples, yum!

  • Francine

    My favorite summer time treat is fruit muffins slathered with butter – yum! And I follow you on Facebook.

  • Sophia D.

    I love pairing bright citrus with buttery richness in the summertime! Lime custard with blackberries on a rich buttery sweet crust. The colors and flavors are outstanding!

  • I love her. We lived roast chicken with butter & garlic… And chocolate fudge pie…. Butter, butter, and more butter!!!”love” you on FB!

  • I love shortbread cookies and ice cream during the summer.

  • My favorite is sugar cookies with buttery frosting made for my July birthday. Who doesn’t love sugar cookies all times of the year?

    I am a facebook fan too!

  • Oh, Julia, how we love you. Strawberry Shortcake !

  • My favourite buttery summer time treat? Grilled corn on the cob slathered with butter

  • Justin

    Pain au chocolat!

  • Bon Appetit! I will fry some chicken in butter and make a lovely white wine pan sauce in her honor.

  • Caroline UK

    I like already!!! Never forgotten, i guess u are watching down with a big smile!!!! Has to be Melon Sorbet fab for a hot summer day!!!

  • I love this book and Julia Child! Love the pbs series and have and adore her “Way to Cook” and would so love to own this one too! My favourite buttery summer treat would involve flakey puff pastry and fruits, or may be my cream puff swan filled with ice cream and topped with berries!
    Here it is, when I had made it with maple mousse earlier, if you would like to see it :

  • megan

    summer cobbler is a favorite of mine!

  • Oh it HAS to be a lemon tart! yum!

  • Strawberry shortcake screams summer treat for me 😀

  • I love a good shortbread with berry jam on top! yum! My family has a few of Julia’s recipes that she taught my grandma. Like she typed them up and have her writing on them! I really want this book!

  • I have watched Julia’s show since I was a little girl! I have enjoyed making and eating a buttery salted caramel ice cream this summer! Thanks 🙂

  • Shari Kelley

    I love homemade chocolate chip cookies any time of year!

  • Shannon Wong

    I am already a Facebook friend. I love blueberry crumb cake

  • I absolutely adore cheese-cake in the summer along with Julia! She is an inspiration to my whole family! I wish I could thank her! Oh, and I liked Amy on facebook!

  • christie

    My favorite summertime treat is fresh black raspberries on vanilla ice cream

  • Alexia

    My favorite buttery summer food is crusty bread & butter w/ my salad.

  • Mariee

    Fan on Facebook.
    My favorite is Peach Cobbler, yum!

  • I already like you on Facebook!

  • I watched Julia on TV with my mom. We’d watch and she’d say “I’d never make that” because she was intimidated….I’m not. I think Julia WANTED to make this kind of cooking easier for every homemaker. My favorite is any PIE!

  • Val

    My fav is a simple yet delicious-family-uniting apple tart, Julia inspires me a lot, now i’m in college studying my passion, ’cause Julia taught me that no matter what you have to be happy, and you’ll achieve everythig you’ve ever dreamed of, just fight for it, don’t give up & believe in yourself.

  • I love Julia and how she has inspired many. I just made a apple blueberry cobbler for a BBQ at my work. I will also be making lemon blueberry mini cakes for my friends this week. Blueberries are my craving right now.

  • Katie

    Happy birthday, Julia! I can’t wait to make key lime pie! Nom nom nom.

  • LOVE flakey buttery croissants!

  • Kerry T.

    Love you on Facebook! My favorite buttery treat is sugar cookies – cut out in fun summer shapes with pretty frosting. 🙂

  • I am a fan of Amy Atlas on FB. I am a cookie baker – doesn’t get any more buttery than a sugar cookie!

  • I’m a fan on FB. And I’d make a pound cake of sorts.

  • Angela

    I love lucuma homemade ice crean with sugar cookies! Happy birthday Julia!!!!

  • Jocelyn

    Definitely a FB fan! For me summer means amazing fruit pies with lovely buttery crusts! Nothing like a warm peach or blueberry pie straight out of the oven!

  • kathy pilato

    a gallette with peaches, using a pate sucre (however you spell it). thank you for sharing Julia with us, once again. I watched her shows on PBS, before cable! I’ve liked you on FB for a while!

  • Celeste

    I love Julia, such an inspiration for those wanting to be better at cooking. My favorite for the summers is always Guava Cake or homemade smoothies to cool me down 🙂

  • Leticia

    I love peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream!

  • Monique Marron

    Happy Birthday Julia….I <3 fresh peach hand

  • Aubrey

    My favorite buttery treat is a peach tart since they are in season. So delicious this time of year!

  • Rena

    Im a fan on fb and my favorite buttery treat would have to be butter cookies mmmm

  • Betty Krul

    Of course I “liked” on Facebook! I made a peach galette last week, but now I need to try this dough recipe. The peaches in L.A. have been great the last few weeks. Oh BTW, I already have a copy of the book.

  • Theresa Queen

    I adore you JULIA! To celebrate her bday, I think I will make her fav …chocolate almond cake! This book is on my Amazon wish list…I hope my wish comes true : )

  • New facebook fan Jenn Last.
    My favourite summer treat is homemade icecream sandwiches, or just plain pound cake. MMMH, butter.

  • corinne

    i love rasberry tiramisu