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Lazy Cherry Saskatoon Pie

This delicious lazy cherry saskatoon pie is a delicious shortcut on pie! Fresh berries and basil combined with lemon zest for a super summer dessert!

saskatoon cherry galette

*Please note* this post was originally published in 2017. I’ve since redone the text but the recipe remains the same!

Meet my newest lazy friend – the galette. Maybe not new for many of you, but new to me. It’s terrific! It’s like a pie without all of the work – plus – how cool does it look!? You can impress your people when they come over for dinner, being all “no big deal, I just baked you a pie”. So lazy pie equals galette. Got it?

The crust is SO easy – I’ve added a little secret ingredient to mine that you can read about later. The idea of a galette really speaks to me. It’s basically me, in pie form. My husband actually calls me “good enough Katie” more than I’d like to admit. I don’t know that I would call it laziness per say….but I’m certainly not a perfectionist by any means. I’m so far from Type A I’m more like…Type Z. If my Mom is reading this, I can’t help but wonder if she’s remembering how when I was on dish-washing duty, my dishes had to be re-washed….”NOT good enough Katie”!! 

saskatoon cherry galette

What are saskatoon berries?

Ok – some of you down in ‘Merica might be thinking “what the heck is a saskatoon“? Well. It’s a city. In Saskatchewan. I put it in my pie. HAH! No really, it is a city. BUT it’s also the namesake of these tiny little berries that usually grow in obscure places and everyone gets really excited about finding them.

I would describe them as sweet, with a little bit of a woodsy taste. They taste quite different from a blueberry, but if you don’t feel like scoping out the banks of your nearest river for a saskatoon bush, you can easily swap for blueberries in this recipe.

So how do you make a lazy cherry saskatoon pie?

So, not only is this crust easy, so is the filling, for that matter. I tossed together some saskatoons and cherries, lemon zest and fresh basil from my garden. That’s it!

Now, for the dough. My secret ingredient? Nutmeg! I only use 1/4 tsp but it’s just enough to give it that true right-from-the-bakery taste.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, salt, sugar and nutmeg. Next, cut in the cold butter, using a fork or a pastry cutter. Then, stir in the milk slowly until a dough ball begins to form. You’ll want to use really cold milk in your dough. The coldness keeps the fat (the butter) from melting, which in turn ensures your crust is nice and flaky.

Tip: You’ll need to chill the dough for at least an hour, so keep that in mind when you’re preparing your galette. 

The butter itself should also be very cold, so you could even pop it into the freezer for a bit before cutting it into your dough. 

Wrap the dough in saran wrap, and place it in the fridge for about an hour while you prepare your filling. When you’re “ready to roll” (anyone watch Paw Patrol out there?) use a well floured rolling pin on a lightly floured surface to roll the dough into a 12″ circle. Place the dough on a piece of parchment paper, on a baking sheet, and add the filling to the center of your circle.

Lift the edges of the dough up to fold over the filling, pressing to seal. You can really do this as haphazardly as you want, as the end goal is just to have all of the dough lifted up.

I use a egg wash around the edge of the galette before popping it into the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the edge is nice and brown to your liking. Slice, and serve! 

What do you serve this saskatoon pie with?

I topped this lazy pie with my no-churn roasted strawberry rhubarb ice cream. PERFECT combination. You can also use coconut whipped cream, regular whipped cream, or any of my other no-churn ice creams

I hope you get a chance to try my SCARY (saskatoon-cherry) galette!

saskatoon cherry galette

saskatoon cherry galette

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lazy cherry saskatoon pie

Lazy Cherry Saskatoon Pie


  • Author: katherine
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hours 60 minutes
  • Yield: 1 galette 1x

Description

This delicious lazy cherry saskatoon pie is a delicious shortcut on pie! Fresh berries and basil combined with lemon zest for a super summer dessert!


Ingredients

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Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/4 cup cold milk (any milk is fine)
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups saskatoons (or blueberries)
  • 1/2 cups fresh, pitted cherries
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar (or regular sugar)
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • zest of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Prepare the dough for the crust by whisking together the flour, sugar, salt and nutmeg. Cut in the cold butter quickly, using a pastry cutter or fork, until the mixture begins to form pea-sized crumbs. Slowly pour in the cold milk, stirring until the flour is moist and a dough begins to form. Gently knead (I used my hands) the dough until it forms a ball. Cover the ball of dough tightly in saran wrap and place in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  2. Prepare the filling by combining the saskatoons, cherries, sugar, flour, fresh basil and zest. Toss well then allow the mixture to sit while the dough chills.
  3. Preheat the oven to 425 F and place a large piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat over a baking sheet. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough until you’ve formed a 12″ circle. Carefully transfer the dough to the parchment paper and then place the prepared filling into the middle of the dough, leaving about a 2″ edge all around. Gently lift the edge in overlapping sections to fold over the fruit, sealing the edges as you go.
  4. Brush the beaten egg over the dough and sprinkle with sugar, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust is light brown. Allow to cool, or serve immediately (with ICE CREAM).

Leftovers will keep in the fridge, covered, for 3-4 days. Remove and reheat before serving.

  • Category: pies
  • Method: oven bake
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: lazy cherry saskatoon pie // saskatoon berry galette

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20 Comments

  1. Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

    I’ve heard of Saskatoon but never Saskatoon cherries! Now I must try them or my life will be incomplete. I’m thinking I’ll just come for a visit this weekend :). Happy Friday, Katherine!

  2. I love this!! Way better than a pie. Loving the cherries too 🙂

  3. blahnikbaker

    I love the dash of nutmeg in the crust. I love galettes and this looks incredible!

  4. marcie@flavorthemoments

    A few years ago I was on a galette binge and I haven’t made one since. Terrible! This looks amazing and I love that gorgeous filling!

  5. This Gallette is gorgeous, that deep purple berry hue and that easy crust, nutmeg would add a nice warmth and flavor. I remember the days of rewashing many dishes, then I move out and my folks got a dishwasher!!

  6. I have never really managed making a pie :P. It’s very technical for me..And I call myself a dessert blogger :D.. I might as well make this pretty galette and save some grace for myself :)!

  7. I just googled saskatoon. Now, I need to get hold of these tiny beauties. The addition of nutmeg is such a clever one and talking about laziness, I’m totally with you girl!

  8. Ben|Havocinthekitchen

    Besides being easy to make and versatile, I love the way galettes look. If anyone hint that a pie doesn’t look perfect, you can always surprisingly reply “This is a galette. Rustic style. It doesn’t need to look impeccable. Indeed they MUST look this way!” As the matter of fact, sometimes when the result isn’t like I anticipated, I refer to a “rustic style”:) This galette looks great, and I do love these berries (I’ve never heard of though). Nice work!

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