This has been a big, exciting, and, in some ways, hard year for our little family of two. We’ve crossed major milestones, moved, traveled overseas, found new routines and begun new careers. We’ve said goodbye to someone we love and continue to wait for news of the little one who is already part of the fabric of our family.
It has been a good, but busy year, and this August has served as a long, slow, much needed exhale. We are mostly unpacked and settled, there are pictures on the wall and curtains are hung. I have found my places for buying my groceries, getting my caffeine fix, and going for afternoon walks. Now, in these last few slower weeks of summer, the goodness of being home is setting in and I’m becoming more intentional about cultivating stillness.
Lately I’ve found myself in simple moments – those I know I will treasure years from now – reminding myself to slow down and savor. The dishes in the sink will wait. The emails can go unanswered a little longer. The to-do list will always be there.
There is nothing more important than sitting on the porch with my grandmother discussing gardening and the weather and hearing stories of the farm.
There is nothing that takes precedent over coffee with friends where cell phones are stored away and the discussion meanders.
There is nothing I’m plugged into that can’t be unplugged and set away so I can actually hear what my husband says when I ask him about his day.
There is nothing preventing me from creating community except my own self-imposed limitations and out-of-sort priorities.
There is nothing like a sweet peach galette with sliced almonds to celebrate summer and bring loved ones to the table.
I feel the busy-ness, the fresh start, the compulsive need for planning that fall brings just around the corner, but I’m resisting it a little longer. I want to soak up the last few weeks of sun and summer slowness and find a way to carry that same intention into the fall.
Slow, simple Saturdays at home are my perfect anti-dote to busy schedules and years full of big changes. And on Saturdays, when I’m craving stillness and restoration, I turn to the kitchen.
When I’m slicing summer fresh peaches, cutting butter into flour, and rolling out dough, stress disappears. It’s hard to feel frantic when I’m piling juicy peaches into crust I just made with my own two hands. It’s impossible to be worried when I’m sprinkling brown sugar, brushing melted butter on crust, and layering on sliced almonds. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of pulling a bubbling, hot pastry out of the oven and knowing you created it with only a few ingredients and simple techniques. It’s impossible not to appreciate the slow, hot days of summer when we’re eating sweet peaches in a flaky, tender pie crust.
This simple, rustic peach galette with sliced almonds is a perfect slow Saturday dessert.
Wishing you slow moments worth savoring and slices of fresh peach galette this lovely Saturday.
Note: For this recipe, you will need one pie crust. I like to make my own using this recipe, but a store-bought crust that you roll out would work equally well.
- 1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought)
- 4 peaches, sliced
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp melted butter
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 400. Line a cast iron skillet with parchment paper and set aside. The parchment paper is optional, but you'll thank yourself for using it when it's clean up time.
- Roll out dough to about 10" circle (this does not need to be perfect) and lay in lined cast iron skillet.
- Layer sliced peaches on dough, creating a circle that domes in the middle. Sprinkle peaches with brown sugar, pinch of salt, and cinnamon.
- Fold sides of pie dough over peaches. Brush dough with melted butter and line edges with sliced almonds.
- Bake galette in oven for 45-50 minutes, until peaches are bubbling and crust is beginning to brown.
- Let cool at least an hour before slicing to give the liquid inside the galette time to settle. Enjoy!