Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette

by Kiran on September 13, 2013 · 82 comments

in Baking, Desserts

I had quite an eventful time in the kitchen yesterday. You see, I had this grand plan of making galettes, because how hard can it be, right?


It requires controlling any emotions that would come in between a perfect baking session.

Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette |

I proceeded to make the crust, chilling it, floured the dough board and roll it all out. At this stage, I was so busy admiring the crust, studded with crumbed butter all over — so I went ahead to spoon on some nutty crumble and arranging fresh figs all over it.

Totally wrong.

Without realizing any mistake, I proceeded with folding the edge. Once it was all done, I took a step back to admire my crust folding skills. It was a beautiful galette that was praise-worthy.

And then, I gasped! After what seems like I’ve sweated buckets, I gathered some courage to lift the galette off the dough board in order to place it on a baking sheet.

Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette |

You’d think it’s just as easy as A-B-C.

Wrong again.

The crust fell apart, figs wasn’t in concentric circles and the crumble basically crumbled all over the place.

Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette |

The recipe and directions are so simple, but a small mistake can be catastrophic. Make sure you remember to place the rolled out crust onto a baking sheet first before proceeding to the next step.

Never ever mess with galette, especially when its not meant to be.

Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette |

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  • 14 fresh figs, halved
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 small vanilla bean or 1 tsp extract


  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp cold butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup icy cold water


  • 1/4 cup pistachios, coarsely ground
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 2 tbsp cold butter, cubed


  1. Sift whole wheat pastry flour, almond meal, salt and sugar into a food processor.
  2. Add cubed cold butter and gently pulse until flour resembles course crumbs. Do not over-pulse.
  3. Gradually add icy cold water and pulse until dough comes together into a ball.
  4. Lightly knead dough to form a rectangular disk, cover with a cling-wrap and chill dough to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. In a bowl, add halved figs, orange marmalade and scraped caviar from vanilla bean. Gently stir and set aside.
  6. In another bowl, add all the ingredients for crumble. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter to form crumble. Set it aside.
  7. Preheat oven to 375F.
  8. Remove dough from the refrigerator. Lightly flour dough board and rolling pin. Roll out crust to desired thickness. Transfer rolled out dough onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  9. Generously spoon nutty crumble onto the centre of rolled out dough. Arrange halved figs atop and brush on some leftover marmalade-vanilla concoction.
  10. Gently lift the edge of dough and gather to form a rustic crust.
  11. Place baking sheet onto the lower rack of preheated oven and bake for 40 minutes or until crust is browned.


Figs & Nutty Crumble Galette |

Since I did not reveal what happened after the galette fell apart, I’ll let you do the guessing. What do you think happened afterwards? Did I redo it all over again? Or salvaged the crumbled galette? Is there another logical scenario?

I would rather be in your place right now, playing the guessing game 🙂


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1 dixya| food, pleasure, and health September 13, 2013 at 9:25 AM

i would eat be so pissed and redo it all over again..these are so dreamy and delicious looking.
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2 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 1:43 AM

Dixya — lol, i would redo it too. but was able to salvage this galette. Unbelievable, but true 😀


3 Rosa September 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

This galette is so pretty! I love the flowers on top… A perfect teatime treat.




4 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Rosa — thank you so much, my friend 🙂


5 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You September 13, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Hey, Kiran! What a beauty!! It makes me wish to eat dessert at breakfast time. Pinned!
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6 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Denise — thank you so much, friend 🙂


7 Maria September 13, 2013 at 10:44 AM

Never tried galettes loved the flowers on the pic and loved your props 🙂
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8 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Maria — thank you! galettes are definitely tarts, but simpler to make with a rustic flair 🙂


9 Elvira September 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

I bet you had to do it all over again, right? I don’t know how the first one came but the second one looks awesome!
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10 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:06 AM

Elvira — it’s the same galette. not enough ingredients and time to redo it all over again 🙂


11 Ash-foodfashionparty September 13, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Such a pretty little galette, who would’ve thought you had some sticky situation getting it together:)
Pistachios in the crumble is a great idea.


12 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:07 AM

Ash — thank you! it was a disaster. wish I took a “before” photo 😉


13 Maria | Pink Patisserie September 13, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I have a hard enough time making a galette with regular pie crust so kudos to you for this gorgeous thing! I’m betting you re-did it. It’s lovely, lovely..
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14 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:08 AM

Maria — nope, it was salvaged. really 😀


15 julia September 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Ahh those things always drive me insane, poor you! At least your final galette looks delicious and extremely beautiful!


16 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:38 AM

Julia — haha! thanks friend 🙂


17 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking September 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I love galettes in the fall. So easy, effortless and elegant for dessert. Yours is perfect, Kiran!
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18 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:39 AM

Georgia — thank you, friend 🙂


19 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Catastrophe averted, you ended up with a beauty! Love the edible flowers!
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20 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:42 AM

Laura — thanks so much, my dear 🙂


21 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 13, 2013 at 7:55 PM

Looking at these gorgeous photos, no one would have ever guessed that you’d had a kitchen disaster! The galette sounds/looks delicious, and whatever you ended up doing; it worked well! 🙂


22 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:44 AM

Sommer — thanks so much, my sweet friend! managed to save the galette. can’t imagine remaking it all over again and food waste is a huge NO 😀


23 Laura @ Family Spice September 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

Oh, I’ve done that before! I have this big metal spatula for grilling. I wish I could have lent it to you! Still looks (and sounds) delicious! The family and I have been enjoying fresh figs these past few weeks.
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24 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:45 AM

Laura — i need that spatula. thanks for the tip!


25 Gayathri Ramanan September 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM

love figs..I haven’t tried galaette before..looks so good..


26 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

Gayathri — thanks! galette is similar to tart. it’s simpler and rustic 🙂


27 Tandy | Lavender and Lime September 14, 2013 at 1:10 AM

No matter what, it looks amazing and I love the ingredient combination 🙂
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28 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:51 AM

Tandy — thank you so much 🙂


29 Coffee and Crumpets September 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM

I always just roll out my galettes and crostatas on parchment paper! I don’t have your patience! Despite your troubles, this turned out to be a beauty! Love the coloured figs and the layered crumble. Gorgeous!

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30 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:53 AM

Nazneen — thanks but clearly i didn’t have any patience because I would usually roll out any crust in between two parchment sheets. Didn’t do that for this recipe 😉


31 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker September 14, 2013 at 3:17 AM

What a beautiful galette Kiran! Orange marmalade and figs sound fabulous together. And so elegant looking too. Gorgeous!
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32 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:58 AM

Anne — thanks, friend 🙂


33 cquek September 14, 2013 at 3:59 AM

Yes, yes and yes! I’m loving this


34 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Cquek — lol, thanks friend 🙂


35 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style September 14, 2013 at 4:40 AM

After reading your description, I can’t imagine you salvaged the first one 🙂

What a great story, though. I’ve had my share of disasters! And the pictures of the finished product look lovely.
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36 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:02 AM

Viviane — thanks and I managed to salvage the galette. can’t imagine wasting food 🙂


37 easyfoodsmith September 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Sorry to hear about the galette disaster nevertheless if you had not mentioned, it was hard to guess that there were pastry issues seeing the lovely galette 😉
And thanks for sharing the handy tip 🙂
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38 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:05 AM

Taruna — haha! thanks so much. it was salvaged because I can’t imagine any more food waste 🙂


39 Angie@Angie's Recipes September 14, 2013 at 10:27 AM

You definitely have me at the combo of figs and nuts! The galette looks heavenly, Kiran.
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40 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:08 AM

Angie — thank you so much, sweetie 🙂


41 foodwanderings September 14, 2013 at 3:11 PM

Mmmmm such a beautiful way to highlight the figs that are now in season. Beautiful and mouthwatering as always, Kiran.
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42 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:09 AM

Shulie — thank you, friend 🙂


43 Sumati Krishnan September 14, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Lovely work! Interestingly, while I always assumed that this nature of blogging was about expressing ones ego (alter or otherwise) in the best sense, I find on this particular blog that an occasional foray into someone else’s personality/ego can be equally satisfying.


44 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:12 AM

Hi Sumati,

Thank you so much for such encouraging comments 🙂


45 CCU September 14, 2013 at 7:37 PM

This galette looks absolutely delicious, lovely recipe 😀

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46 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

CCU — thank you so much 🙂


47 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

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48 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Matt — 😀


49 Raymund September 15, 2013 at 4:24 AM

Seriously this is perfect timing, a colleague of mine gave me an ice cream tub full of figs
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50 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ September 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

I admire your baking/cooking skills so much, I like to think you managed to save it by magically rearranging all the crumbles together. Miraculous construction after educational and tutorial deconstruction!
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51 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Daniela — thank you so so much!! and yes, I did save the galette. could not imagine food waste and so, I had to save it 😉


52 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Raymund — yes! and i hope you get to try this recipe 🙂


53 john@kitchenriffs September 15, 2013 at 1:23 PM

I tend to be of the “lessons must be repeated until they’re learned” school, so I would have done it again. The crust – I would have salvaged the filling. Anyway, galettes always look so great. Never had one with figs – I gotta try this. Thanks.
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54 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

John — luckily, i managed to save the disastrous galette because I couldn’t image food waste 🙂 and thank goodness the crust is for a galette. its always rustic, instead of a primp and proper tart shell.


55 Julia | September 15, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Kiran, what an amazing combination of ingredients! I love figs in desserts, so yummy! Pinning!
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56 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Julia — thank you so so much, my sweet friend 🙂


57 Julia September 16, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I just love figs–great recipe! Your photos are just beautiful.


58 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

Julia — thanks so much, my dear 🙂


59 Shema | LifeScoops September 16, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Love any dish with figs…this looks scrumptious .. Loved the clicks and the props too
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60 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 3:06 PM

Shema — thank you! figs are just so tempting 🙂


61 Asmita September 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM

Gorgeous clicks and galette! So want a slice now.
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62 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Asmita — thanks! wish i could send some 🙂


63 Shree September 16, 2013 at 2:56 PM

OMG ! This is pure bliss !!!
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64 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:27 PM

Shree — haha, thank you!!


65 Shashi @ September 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

This galette looks fabulous! You had to have redone it…right? I love your pairing of figs with orange marmalade and vanilla bean for the filling! The crust looks so sink-my-teeth-into good!


66 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:28 PM

Shashi — aww, thanks so much friend. somehow i managed to salvage the galette. can’t stand food waste 🙂


67 Nik@ABrownTable September 18, 2013 at 12:08 PM

What a pretty fig galette, I love the addition of the edible flower petals for the garnish. This is a very dreamy post!
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68 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Nik — thank you so much 🙂


69 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

I absolutely love figs in baked goods (the best way to eat figs, in my opinion) and your galette looks yummy and pretty at the same time!
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70 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Nami — thanks, sweetie. love figs in baked goods too. feels so effortless and tasty 🙂


71 Mr. & Mrs. P September 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

Gorgeous!! We recently went on a fig craze!! Need to try this recipe! so simple!!
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72 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:36 PM

Christy — thanks and do let me know how it tastes 🙂


73 Cass @foodmyfriend September 19, 2013 at 2:54 AM

Lol you crack me up. I would just eat it and then get over it I think. Love your work here!
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74 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:37 PM

Cass — haha! thanks so much for the confidence 🙂


75 Karen (Back Road Journal) September 19, 2013 at 7:50 AM

I’d say you are a very clever baker as your salvaged galette looks beautiful and must have been oh so delicious.
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76 Kiran September 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

Karen — awww, thanks friend. not “clever”, just salvaged it. that’s the beauty of a rustic galette or pastry. it doesn’t have to be “perfect” or pretty looking 😀


77 Honey What's Cooking September 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

This looks so hard… anything that requires rolling reminds me of making rotis, and you know how I avoid making them. Looks yummy though, so Fall-Like, I love figs and crumble.
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78 Kiran September 24, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Honey — lol, galette’s are pretty rustic and you don’t have to be a pro at rolling. it has to come out looking homemade anyways. try it 🙂


79 Sophie33 September 21, 2013 at 12:48 PM

I made your divine galette with figs from my own tree & I loved the almond meal in here too!Your crumble topping was just perfect, my dear friend! Superb even!
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80 Kiran September 24, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Sophie — thanks for reporting it back to me and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it! i’m still very jealous of your fig tree 😉


81 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 10, 2013 at 7:49 AM

I don’t even want to think about the crumbled galette but to tell you the truth I was like I cannot see anything going wrong here until I really knew what was wrong! So, I guess its ok as I would have done the same mistake. 😀


82 Needful Things November 3, 2013 at 2:38 AM

I think you scraped the figs, patched the galette together on a baking sheet and baked it up ! I would be phenomenally annoyed at myself for making a mistake and would try to fix it before rolling out a new galette.

SO, what DID you do?
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