Culinary Arts

Chez Panisse Cooking: Galette

Alice Waters

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.

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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...

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Uzair S.

Followed the instructions in the video, but added the butter as mentioned in the PDF. I think it came pretty close (no frangipane, alas!)

A fellow student

I was slightly intimidated to make this dish. I think it turned out beautiful! Found pink ladies at my local Farmer's Market!

Zenna Y.

It looks a lot easier than many other recipes for making the pie crust! I can't wait to try! The only thing I am wondering is whether it's normal to have so much waste (esp. the flour part). It doesn't seem that all the ingredients are used. Did anyone try the recipe? feedback is welcomed :)

A fellow student

Can someone tell me ( not a guess ) what is the English name for sweet butter? As far as I’m aware we have cultured, salted and unsalted.

Laura L.

I've been making pastry dough for years. I do love the idea of taring the dough and stacking it. I usually just layer the dough with a bench scraper as I knead it gently. It achieves that flaky layered texture but I'm going to try this method.

Katherine C.

The written workbook recipe calls for incorporating the butter into pea or smaller size lumps. But the demonstration shows using larger—1/2 inch size pieces of butter. These seem like two different methods. ?

Sare O.

oh! just can't wait to try making this looking so elegant and tasteful galette... Thank you both🙏


This was the first recipe I'm actually excited about making! I've been making my own pie crusts for years, but I've never seen the method Cary used of pulling the dough apart and "stacking" it to achieve a flaky crust. Now I can't wait to try it.


I discovered the galette several years ago and I love making it. It looks so much more artistic than a regular pie. I use my regular pastry because when I make pies or tarts I always have a ball or two of pastry left, which I freeze. I can take out one of these balls, thaw it, and make a galette in no time. Also, we always have apples of some sort available. I am going to give this pastry a try though as I want to try something new.

Maricha K.

Just the inspiration I need after the holidays to get back into the kitchen and prepare something special. No more left-overs for us!