Lesson time 10:48 min
Alice teaches you how to make Chez Panisse’s everyday dessert, the galette. Learn how the perfect pastry dough results in a beautifully flakey crust.
ALICE WATERS: I want to bring you in to Chez Panisse to show you how the values of my cooking at home translate into a restaurant. It really is an extension of my home. One of the things that make Chez Panisse unique is that all of the cooks taste the dishes together. It's an opportunity for dialogue, for training our palettes, and learning to put words around for what we're tasting. Like I do at home, we write a daily menu that is based on what's the very best that particular day. And we prepare the dishes simply so that they taste of what they truly are. These are two dishes we do over and over again at Chez Panisse. They are challenging recipes, but when you make some again and again, they really become second nature. It is really a treat to watch our pastry chef, Carrie Lewis, make this dough with ease and skill. Carrie has the flour, salt, and sugar pre-measured in a bowl. The sweet butter is cut into half-inch cubes and chilled. She is gently coating the butter with flour and pressing it into flat pieces. Carefully drizzle in one third of the ice water, stirring with a large fork. You want to integrate it completely before adding any more. Continue to drizzle in water and work it in with a fork. You want to toss the mixture, not mash it. Carrie is pressing the dough very gently together to test if she has added enough water. It should start to get a little ropey texture, which means the dough should have enough water to just come together with a gentle squeeze, but no more. This kind of tearing and stacking creates butter layers that eventually make a flaky crust when it's baked. The final motion is to knead it very slightly to pull it together. We find it easier to master this dough if you make it in slightly larger batches so that there is more wiggle room to get the texture right. Wrap the dough and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to give the gluten in the flour a chance to relax as the dough continues to moisten. We remove the dough from the refrigerator about 10 minutes before rolling. If it is frozen, give it 15 to 20 minutes. It should be cold, but not so cold that the butter chunks shatter when rolled. If it is too cold, the edges will crack and split while you're rolling. If it is too warm, it will be too soft and unmanageable. It will also absorb too much flour and melt the chunks of butter. Unwrap the dough, flour the counter lightly and evenly. Place the round of dough in the center of your floured area and dust the top of the dough with flour. Press down on the dough ball to expand the circle. Carrie is using a dowel, but I prefer to use a rolling pin. Turning the dough frequently ensures that you're rolling it evenly and that is not sticking to the bottom. Start to roll from the center outwards, continuing to rotate the dough frequently to keep that circular shape. If any cracks are opening on the edges, make sure to pinch them together, or a small crack will become a big one. Dust...
Alice Waters started America’s farm-to-table revolution. When she founded the iconic restaurant Chez Panisse, her local, organic ingredients sparked a movement and earned her the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef. In her first-ever online cooking class, Alice opens the doors of her home kitchen to teach you how to pick seasonal ingredients, create healthy and beautiful meals, and change your life by changing the food you make at home.
Alice gave me so much more of an appreciation for the food I'm eating and how to think about cooking. I love how she speaks and tells her stories along with how she makes her life more memorable through implementing meaningful tools and dishes while she is cooking. I never thought to make cooking such a pleasurable experience. I loved it!
I've really enjoyed the class. I've learned how to test if a fruit is ripe enough, how to play with seasoning and how to experiment more with my food both in how I cook it and what I plate it with.
I enjoyed this class, and tried a lot of what she taught. I have to say this though, I was surprised how much she licks her fingers and tastes off of spoons, and put her fingers or the spoons back into the food. I found it a bit off putting. Otherwise I loved the class.
Relaxed, informative, thought provoking and greatly appreciated after a hard day’s work. Egg on a spoon!!!!