Weekends and Figs

I generally work on weekends. It’s something I’ve come to terms with only because I know it won’t last forever. I write. I bake. But those two things don’t always pay the bills, so I work retail on the weekends and dream of the day when I’ll have a Sunday like this one:

or this one:

Have you seen this book, Sundays are for Lovers? It’s the kind of little book you can have by your bed side and just keep glancing at and it makes you happy. It’s curated by MAV (maria alexandra vettese) 1/2 of the blog, 3191 miles apart and features writers like Molly Wizenburg, photographers like Jonathan Levitt and artists/designers including Deb Wood and Lena Corwin. It’s a veritable visual smorgasbord of what a sensual Sunday is all about. There is a photo or illustration accompanying each contributor and then they’re asked to answer a few simple prompts about their Sundays. From spicy Bloody Mary’s and grits to dreaming about a house by the sea and sitting on the stoop in the evening…this is Sunday encapsulated.

So I thought it’d be fun to answer the prompts, too as I thought about Sundays when I’m not waking up and putting on my practical shoes so I can stand and talk to customers all. day. long. These are my Sundays to come. I encourage you to make a Sunday list. It could be your current Sunday list…or maybe it’s your Sundays to come. Share it here if you’d like. I’d love to hear yours.

My home base is: just north of San Francisco
Day to day I work as: freelance writer
If I didn’t do this I would: bake
Next year I will travel to: the South (Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina)
To me Sunday means: catching up with friends and family, brunch, the New York Times
And I like to eat: poached eggs on toast. Or jammy scones. And strong coffee.
And I will get out of bed: 9
And get dressed around: 3
And I will smile about: the morning light, broken-in slippers, my favorite mug, possibility.
And I just may daydream about: spooning
And when Monday comes: I’ll answer work emails and make some more coffee

Thankfully, even when I’m working I still find time to bake. And these are the most perfect Sunday treat ever. They’re honestly a cinch to put together–the components themselves take a little time which is o.k. on a Sunday when you may be putzing around the house in the morning. It’s a dessert you’ll look forward to in the evening, and by now you know how I like to eat baked goods for breakfast. So I’d encourage that, too. These galettes make the house smell like a dream. Even if you have big weekend plans, you may not want to leave.

Rustic Fig and Almond Cream Galette

Rustic Fig and Almond Cream Galette

  • Yield: Five 5-inch galettes
  • Prep time: 30 mins
  • Cook time: 50 mins
  • Inactive time: 3 hrs
  • Total time: 4 hrs 20 mins

For this recipe, I used a very common and traditional pate brisee recipe for the galette crust and Tartine Bakery’s recipe for Frangipane Almond Cream. I love the combination of the beautiful, ripe figs with the slightly sweet almond cream and the flaky, butter crust. While the directions appear lengthy at first, this is really a very simple fall dessert. And it’s versatile: you could do this with stone fruit or berries in the summer, and I’m looking forward to trying it with apples.


Galette Dough:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold, in small cubes
3-5 tablespoons ice water


12 ripe black Mission figs, de-stemmed and sliced horizontally (4-5 slices per fig)
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sugar
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
pinch salt
1 large egg
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 egg (for egg wash)
sugar (for dusting)


Begin by making the galette dough: Place the flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the cubes of butter and quickly pulse until the pieces of butter are about the size of large peas. Add the ice water through the feed tube while using long pulses until the dough comes together and sticks together when you squeeze it inbetween two fingertips. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons more water if the mixture is too crumbly.

Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap and pat into a round disk. Wrap tightly and chill for at least 2 hours and up to 4 days.

Next, make the almond cream: In a food processor, combine the almonds with 2 tablespoons of the sugar and process until finely ground. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add the remaining sugar (1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons) and mix to incorporate. Add the almond-sugar mixture and beat until thoroughly combined. Add the salt and the egg and mix until incorporated. Then, add the milk and mix until light and fluffy. Note: You should have about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of the almond frangipane leftover. It stores well for up to a week; don’t be tempted to use it all in the galettes or they’ll tend to overflow and

Now, assemble the galettes:
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and slice into 4 even triangles*. Flour your work surface and your rolling pin. Beginning with one piece of dough, quickly form it into a round shape using your hands. With a rolling pin, roll out into a 7-8 inch rounds, about 1/4-inch thick. Don’t worry if they’re not perfectly round–it doesn’t matter. Place each dough round on lined baking sheet.

Spoon 2 tablespoons almond frangipane in the center of each dough circle and arrange the figs concentrically in the center, leaving a 2-inch border around the edge. You can allow the figs to overlap. Lift the pastry edge and fold over filling to make a nice, crimped border–again, doesn’t have to be perfect. Once galettes are assembled, place in refrigerator for 1 hour (this helps with the flakiness of the dough).

Preheat the oven to 375 F. After the dough has chilled for 1 hour, remove from the refrigerator and prepare the egg wash: Whisk egg in a small bowl to make egg wash, and use it to brush the edges of the crust of each galette; sprinkle the sides of the crust with sugar.

Bake for 50-55 minutes, until figs are bubbling slightly and edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 30 minutes. Top with whipped cream or mascarpone and honey if you’d like.


  1. Elizabeth

    Beautiful. Sunday to me means time with my husband and kids spent outside. Now more than ever I want to cherish these days. Hot coffee in hand and dreams of the possibility in mind.

  2. Danielle

    Gorgeous galettes!! I've never really spent time thinking about my 'ideal' Sunday, although I've had a fair share of pre-Monday blues when Sunday evening rolls around. All the same, these questions are fun....

    My home base is: Mountain View, CA
    Day to day I work as: blogger/freelance photographer
    If I didn’t do this I would: do yoga
    Next year I will travel to: hopefully Asia, specifically Japan and Thailand
    To me Sunday means: Farmers' Market, lazy lunch, chilling with M
    And I like to eat: pain au chocolat, or homemade pancakes, or an omelette - washed down with espresso
    And I will get out of bed: whenever I feel like it
    And get dressed around: whenever I feel like it
    And I will smile about: M's tousled-hair look, the way the light falls on the trees outside our bedroom window
    And I just may daydream about: taking a road-trip through France
    And when Monday comes: I do yoga and start making a new to-do list for the week.

  3. Angharad

    What a lovely idea! I want to fill one of those out and day dream about sundays all day long on this dreary monday! That book sounds super wonderful too...all out shined by the galette though. Wow.

  4. Janet

    What a beautiful tart! I've been dreaming of fig things since those two great fig pizzas we had recently. That book looks lovely, too.

    My answers:

    My home base is: San Francisco
    Day to day I work as: Community Manager for a mobile social network
    If I didn’t do this I would: write, write, write. Or work in an ice cream store. :)
    Next year I will travel to: Thailand, I hope, and New York. And Portland. And maybe Chicago, too.
    To me Sunday means: going to the gym and the Farmers Market. Making something tasty, hopefully seeing friends, reading. Lazing around.
    And I like to eat: Eggs - poached or scrambled, toast or potatoes with onions. Occasionally a fun pancake. Fruit.
    And I will get out of bed: If I'm going to the gym: 8ish. If I'm not: never, or when I get hungry enough to get out of bed for a few minutes before getting back into bed.
    And get dressed around: Late morning. Ish.
    And I will smile about: carrying flowers back from the Farmers Market, the fact that it's not Monday.
    And I just may daydream about: sharing my Sunday with someone else.
    And when Monday comes: I'll stay in bed as long as I can, or walk to work.

  5. shannalee

    Beautiful! I love figs and really enjoy seeing new things to do with them. Your pictures are stunning.

    As far as working weekends - Meg, you're awesome. I wholeheartedly support doing a weekend job so you can do what you actually want to do the rest of the week. And you're right: this is just for now. Inspiring!

    OK, my Sunday list:

    My home base is: just southwest of Chicago
    Day to day I work as: a freelance writer!
    If I didn’t do this I would: own a restaurant
    Next year I will travel to: who knows!
    To me Sunday means: fellowship, worship, time to rest
    And I like to eat: a quick morning breakfast and a leisurely, wonderful lunch
    And I will get out of bed: earlier than any other day of the week
    And get dressed around: 7:30 AM
    And I will smile about: that way that Sundays have of reminding me of Providence and purpose and my part in a bigger plan
    And I just may daydream about: the person I miss the most
    And when Monday comes: I'll get back to business

  6. Megabite

    My home base is: a suburb of Detroit
    Day to day I work as: Associate Art Director, and always try to get food in the magazines
    If I didn’t do this I would: work in a bakery or small cafe making mini desserts
    Next year I will travel to: Paris! But maybe more realistically New York, but maybe even more realistically Florida.
    To me Sunday means: Making bread or anything too time consuming for a weekday, walking Elliot (my dog) and napping during SVU marathons.
    And I like to eat: Pancakes and Cinnamon Rolls.
    And I will get out of bed: around 9ish.
    And get dressed around: noon-ish
    And I will smile about: the sun and 2 dollar beers
    And I just may daydream about: having fun sunday plans that include things like berry picking and going out to breakfast.
    And when Monday comes: I'll get up earlier and walk Elliot and finally get to eat dinner with my boyfriend.

  7. Anna

    This book sounds lovely and makes me envious because I also work on weekends. I dream of having weekends off or at least sunday.
    My home base is: St Paul MN (only since august)
    Day to day I work as: a waitress and I make bags to sell
    If I didn’t do this I would: keep sewing, but also farming, and bread baking
    Next year I will travel to: Montana and maybe farther west
    To me Sunday means: relaxing, cooking, listening to NPR, brunch with friends, afternoons of books or movies
    And I like to eat: waffles, or homemade sticky buns
    And I will get out of bed: after I've stayed in bed, sleepy but awake for a while
    And get dressed around:after breakfast
    And I will smile about: the luxury of a day with no plans that have to happen, just whatever we feel like doing, spending time with Ray
    And I just may daydream about: our someday farm
    And when Monday comes: I'll eat yogurt and granola and get back to work

  8. Lis

    Those are gorgeous and a great reminder to get to know figs better. Thanks for the recipe and for the book recommendation!


  9. Maddie

    I just love finding out about things -- books, albums, movies, whatever -- that leave me feeling inspired. It's really crucial when you spend your weekdays at a soul-sucking day job (ahem) or you have to spend your Sundays working. Hopes, goals and fresh ideas keep you striving for the next baking session, and for an eventual Sunday when your time is your own!

  10. Janae Monir

    I love this post, and I can totally relate to it because I work retail on the weekends too (for the extra cash), but baking and writing are where my heart is. For the first time in a LONG time, I have this Saturday AND Sunday off, and I couldn't be more excited. So this Sunday list is extra fun for me to do:

    My home base is: Southern Califorina (Orange County)
    Day to day I work as: blogger/salesperson
    If I didn’t do this I would: write books (working on it!)
    Next year I will travel to: haven't decided yet, maybe New York
    To me Sunday means: a big breakfast, visiting with family, napping, and a long meditation
    And I like to eat: hash browns, eggs and fruit
    And I will get out of bed: 8-9
    And get dressed around: 10
    And I will smile about: having nothing to do and nowhere to be.
    And I just may daydream about: autumn
    And when Monday comes: I'll smile fondly when I think of Sunday.

    Btw, I've always been hesitant to bake with figs, but your galette recipe looks simple and really, really good. I may just give it a try, thanks!

  11. Dana

    Love this Megan! I wish I could spend a Sunday with you. One of these days!

    My home base is: Seattle
    Day to day I work as: a mom and sometime caterer
    If I didn’t do this I would: read, cook, bake, knit
    Next year I will travel to: Hawaii and Delaware
    To me Sunday means: entertaining my boys while my husband goes for a bike ride
    And I like to eat: cereal and a coffee at our favorite shop
    And I will get out of bed: 7
    And get dressed around: 8
    And I will smile about: taking my boys to the farmers market in the rain and watching their faces as they listen to music and eat an apple
    And I just may daydream about: sleeping in
    And when Monday comes: I'll have more free time and a great yoga class!

  12. Dana

    Everyone seems to be eating figs lately. I'm getting jealous, I'm going to have to endeavor harder to find some that look liek their worth eating.

    My home base is: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Woohoo!)
    Day to day I work as: a full time student, part time nanny, part time assistant...
    If I didn’t do this I would: maybe have a big girl job, ha ha. I'll graduate one day!
    Next year I will travel to: Hawaii, it's planned!
    To me Sunday means: staying in bed to cuddle, finishing the weekend's homework, a meal or two that I've been wishing for all week but haven't had the time to make.
    And I like to eat: a smoothie for breakfast, Sunday suppers are something you save your appetite for
    And I will get out of bed: 10-11
    And get dressed around: when I get out of the shower
    And I will smile about: staying in bed to snuggle
    And I just may daydream about: finishing the renovations soon
    And when Monday comes: I’ll be back at school!

  13. Cheryl

    If you come down here on a Sunday, I shall make you pastries, and then we can see who will eat them the fastest.

    By the way, I was inspired by that very same Tartine frangipane recipe exactly 2 years ago but I pistachioized it and paired it with... figs.

    Also, yesterday, a Sunday, I ate poached eggs on toast. Coincidence, or kismet? You decide, and while you are reflecting, please pass me another slice.

    1. megang

      Cheryl-Your comments always make me legitimately smile (vs. non legitimate smiles, I suppose). Anyway, how funny about the tarts! I just went to check out your pistachio-ized version and it looks awesome! Great minds...

  14. Staci Shultz

    My home base is: Middle Georgia, but I spend time in NY
    Day to day I work as: English professor
    If I didn’t do this I would: Be a travel writer
    Next year I will travel to: San Francisco, NY, British Virgin Islands, Colorado
    To me Sunday means: If I'm by myself, it means yoga; granola, fruit, and yogurt; grading/writing in a coffee shop; and phone dates. If I'm with my partner, it means sleeping in and then listening to music while he makes pancakes, mimosas, and coffee.
    And I like to eat: See above.
    And I will get out of bed: 8:30 if in GA; later if in NY. :)
    And get dressed around: See above.
    And I will smile about: Snuggling.
    And I just may daydream about: Not having to get on a plane later that night...
    And when Monday comes: I'll embrace the week ahead, and perhaps quietly count down to the next weekend...

  15. Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef

    Fantastic and lovely. My sundays are up at 7am with a toddler... BUT they used to be more dreamy and will be again. though, in a way, eating syrupy pancakes with a toddler is really fun, too.

  16. Rachael

    who can't commend you on working the dreaded retail- even 2 days a week. it's hell, let's admit it. but, seeing that light at the end of the tunnel is the most important part. it doesn't have to be sunday...it just has to be ONE day...sundays for me are filled with laundry, errands, major dog parking and generally organizing for the week ahead. but, saturdays....now thats something to look forward to. heres my "sunday but it's really saturday" list:

    My home base is: where my loved ones are. where the real hugs are at.
    Day to day I work as: a technical analyst (whew)
    If I didn’t do this I would: cook.
    Next year I will travel to: NY, SF, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, Humboldt County, CA
    To me Sunday means: getting up early for some quiet time in my robe, with coffee, before the dog needs a walk. watching sherman's joy to get an extra long walk, snuggling, cooking breakfast with matt, and leisurely eating it. good books. writing. cooking something fantastic for dinner. bad reality tv.
    And I like to eat: frittata or crepes...i love to make my "arduous" meals on "sunday". it's nice to take time in the kitchen.
    And I will get out of bed: 645
    And get dressed around: 9
    And I will smile about: pretty much everything
    And I just may daydream about: a paid day off
    And when Monday comes: i'll wake up early....and smile

  17. MomGordon

    May I just tell everyone that the these galettes, particularly the pastry, were to die for!! My Sunday looks a lot like Monday, or maybe Thursday but what makes me smile any day is seeing Megan in the kitchen getting ready to bake something delicious.

  18. Erin (Blue Egg Kitchen)

    What a lovely post, so artfully capturing the quiet joy of Sundays. And I love, love, love figs.

    My home base is: San Francisco
    Day to day I work as: a lawyer
    If I didn’t do this I would: seek out beautiful, honest food from small family farms
    Next year I will travel to: Italy in the fall
    To me Sunday means: a picnic with my husband and daughter, a braise in the oven, putzing around the kitchen in my PJs
    And I like to eat: eggs over easy, tomatoes with chunky sea salt, and fresh goat cheese
    And I will get out of bed: 7:30
    And get dressed around: noon
    And I will smile about: the hour spent as a family cuddling in bed before we got up, being together all day long
    And I just may daydream about: writing
    And when Monday comes: I get one more day off with my little girl, but miss my husband

  19. Mary

    So enjoy reading all your posts but this one ranks among the best. Pictures and words pop off the page. Have a blast @ the Baking Institute!

  20. Pam @ Cooking World

    I love fresh and dried figs, this looks so rustic and yummy!

    Sundays usually means to do laundry, being lazy in yard, play with my kids and catch up on reading and do some blog commenting.

  21. Judy

    We don't get figs here, only dried. Wait, we do, but they cost an arm and a leg. Sometimes, that's okay, but sometimes, I'd rather have my arm. Speaking of galettes, I should make some soon, before the whole world passes me by. they're beautiful, and yours are heavenly. it's my first comment here! so i think it quite apt, to let's say hello this way:

    My home base is: Singapore
    Day to day I work as: a web editor
    If I didn’t do this I would: travel the world
    Next year I will travel to: eygpt, israel, germany, europe, bali
    To me Sunday means: eggs. brunch. sunlight. staying wrapped up in bed, cuddling. sleeping till noon, and then waking up and the TV is still on.
    And I will get out of bed: with messy hair
    And get dressed around: by putting on boxers
    And I will smile about: the sleep i just had
    And I just may daydream about: the things i will do next
    And when Monday comes: i'll still be happy

    1. megang

      Hi Judy! Thanks for taking the time to comment and introduce yourself. Love the "I'll still be happy" on Monday--a good sign you're in the right field :)

  22. Delishhh

    Love it. I am always looking for new things to do with figs and i just love this idea. I think your blog is great.

  23. Joy

    Those are such beautiful galettes! Mmm, that's the problem with having fellow food loving friends, you will always be hankering for whatever they're having. LOL.

    I'm in love with the concept of the book. And as soon as I get my bookshelves in order, I'm buying it! For now, my Sundays and I:

    My home base is: suburb of Vancouver, BC where it gets more snow when it snows, and the difference in weather is a matter of a 5-mile distance!
    Day to day I work as: web designer/developer
    If I didn’t do this I would: travel, travel, travel, see friends and live to tell the tales of laughter and conversation among kindred souls
    Next year I will travel to: I can't believe I'm committing to this now -- Asia
    To me Sunday means: a lingering morning of books and magazines, cooking and baking, at least one meal with the family, and forced time away from the phone and computer
    And I like to eat: eggs Benedict, mimosa, coffee and fresh fruits
    And I will get out of bed: without an alarm...hee!
    And get dressed around: only if I'm going out. jammies, baby.
    And I will smile about: spontaneous Sundays...what to do, what to do...
    And I just may daydream about: snuggling all day by the beach
    And when Monday comes: I have leftover baked goods to tide me over hundreds of emails, voice mails and rinse, repeat.

  24. megang

    This may have been my favorite post ever as I've gotten to learn so much about you all through the comments! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your Sundays with me...
    -Joy: I'm jealous you need an alarm (I can't sleep in these days)
    -Erin: Italy in the fall (gasp!). Fabulous.
    -Rachael: I heart reality tv. Especially on Sundays.
    -Staci: Smiled when I read the part about you getting out of bed later in NY :)
    Shannalee: I love that under travel you put "who knows!" although I'm sure I'll read about a few fun excursions. Unplanned=good.
    -Janet: hooray for fun pancakes!
    -Danielle: Like the Sunday spirit in the "whenever I feel like it" response.
    -Megan: Dream big (Paris)!
    -Janae: Tell me what you think if you make the galettes. Do it! And yes to writing, too!
    -Anna: I've always wanted to go to Montana.
    -Dana (Funky Kitchen): I love that you save your appetite for a nice dinner on Sundays. Smart.
    -Dana (Treat): this is clearly why we get along. Basically baking, reading, cooking and knitting are four of my favorite things.

  25. David

    Gorgeous post. Now I know what to do with the figs that have been whispering to me at the market. I'm also a freelance writer, and also work most weekends. A good Sunday for me these days means having a little time to read food blogs or a cooking magazine, and if I'm super-lucky, a nap while dinner braises slowly in the oven.

  26. Adriana from Baking Powders

    cute and delicious! i love sundays, sunday mornings, that light, breakfast, coffee, newspaper... perfection, like these galettes!

  27. starre

    these were fun to make. If I had a blog and camera i would take a picture as they turned out perfect. I weighed the dough into 4 equal pieces before wrapping and chilling... made it a breeze to roll without handling too much
    thanks for the inspiration

  28. A Canadian Foodie

    Absolutely gorgeous... when I saw the almond, I was in. Figs need a kick in the pants. Gorgeous Tart!
    My home base is: Edmonton (prairies) Alberta, Canada
    Day to day I work as: educator
    If I didn’t do this I would: be a lawyer, and event planner, an artist, a writer, a traveller
    Next year I will travel to: the Balkans (we do this every year) and Egypt in the Falland NYC in the Spring, and Vancouver island in the summer
    To me Sunday means: Sunday Suppers at our home with family and friends
    And I like to eat: crusty French bread and salted French butter, freshly squeezed orange juice, and steamy hot coffee
    And I will get out of bed: 5 or 6 am
    And get dressed around: 7am
    And I will smile about: another beautiful day, the life we have built together as a family, and thoughts of my good friends
    And I just may daydream about: retiring
    And when Monday comes: I am excited to get back to the classroom and champion my students

  29. Denise | Chez Danisse

    Sundays, spooning, and Rustic Fig and Almond Cream Galettes. You do know about the good things in life.

  30. antonietta

    Lovely post and Pictures! I just found your blog- what a treat!

  31. Sandy

    What a lovely post and I love this thread of comments.
    My home base is: Seattle but I really wish it were Paris.
    Day to day I work as a: Reservation Agent
    If I didn't do this I would be a: pastry chef
    Next year I will travel to : Spain and sneak into the Basque country of France
    To me Sunday means: Hot fresh brewed coffee in bed with a twiced baked almond croissant,the Sunday paper and my sweetie. Napping after the coffee and croissant and waking up with the papers strewn all over
    And I like to eat: Crusty ciabatta with any kind of homemade jam on it; good strong espresso with a biscotti on the side,small glass of fresh oj.
    And I will get out of bed: 10 or 11
    Get dressed: 1 or 2
    And I will smile about:my life,my love and the peacefulness of Sunday mornings.
    And I may just daydream about moving to the South of France.
    And when Monday I comes: I will hold onto my Sunday dreams..

  32. bob

    Just tried this, looked good, but for the insane amount of butter it just wasn't worth it. It just tasted OK nothing special

    1. megang

      Hi Bob. So sorry you didn't enjoy the recipe...it is an insane amount of butter; you're right! This is definitely a simple, rustic recipe. Nothing fancy. So I can see where some may find it perhaps not that exciting. Next time maybe use your very favorite fruit and you could even dress it up with a streusal topping or an apricot glaze.

  33. Marcela

    I have made this fig's galette, and it is fantastic. I will post my version of this recipe tonight. I write in both English and Spanish; therefore, in the English version I will link it to here, but in the Spanish one, I will translate it. Thanks for this recipe!!.....Marcela

  34. Sarah

    I made this last weekend for my girls and we loved it! Hubby was out of town and we were enjoying a girls weekend. I did cheat and use puff pastry since I didn't have time to mess with making the dough. There is a picture of the girls enjoying it at: http://sarahsjoys.com/2012/09/03/21-tips-for-having-the-perfect-girls-weekend-this-fall/
    Thanks for the great recipe!

    1. megang

      Hi Sarah-Well shoot, that made my morning. Thank you so much for sending along the link to your post with those lovely photos, and for taking the time to leave a comment. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the recipe. Happy weekend! ~m

  35. Marta@What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today

    You made me think about my life with your post. I love to bake as well. And since I have so much time on my hands lately I think I need a plan to organize myself. And I'll make this galette for a start :)

  36. Mayada

    Love your post . can I use dried figs instead. :)

    1. megang

      I'm sure that you can use dried figs although they won't be quite as jammy/messy which makes these galettes so nice. If you do so, just rehydrate them in some warm orange juice or water so plump them up a bit. Enjoy!

  37. Rebecca Brown

    I made this tonight. It turned out just like the pictures! It was/is delicious. True confession...I bought some pre-made pie crust at Whole Foods and made 2 larger galettes.

    1. megang

      Yay, Rebecca! So glad you enjoyed the recipe. It's one of my fall favorites: so simple and pretty and delicious (and your confession made me smile). Happy weekend, Megan

  38. Betty Berk

    Love your recipes! I would love to follow you and be able to save some of your recipes on Pinterest, but I don't see that link on your website. Any chance you will add Pinterest as a link to your website? Thanks.

    1. megang

      Hi, Betty-
      I'm not as active with it as I should be ... but here it is: http://www.pinterest.com/meganjgordon/a-sweet-spoonful/
      Glad you're enjoying the site!

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Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

Dark and Spicy Pumpkin Loaf

It turns out that returning from a sunny honeymoon to a rather rainy, dark stretch of Seattle fall hasn't been the easiest transition. Sam and I have been struggling a little to find our groove with work projects and even simple routines like cooking meals for one another and getting out of the easy daily ruts that can happen to us all. When we were traveling, we made some new vows to each other -- ways we can keep the fall and winter from feeling a bit gloomy, as tends to happen at a certain point living in the Pacific Northwest (for me, at least): from weekly wine tastings at our neighborhood wine shop to going on more lake walks. And I suppose that's one of the most energizing and invigorating parts about travel, isn't it? The opposite of the daily rut: the constant newness and discovery around every corner. One of my favorite small moments in Italy took place at a cafe in Naples when I accidentally ordered the wrong pastry and, instead, was brought this funny looking cousin of a croissant. We had a wonderfully sunny little table with strong cappuccino, and, disappointed by my lack of ordering prowess, I tried the ugly pastry only to discover my new favorite treat of all time (and the only one I can't pronounce): the sfogliatelle. I couldn't stop talking about this pastry, its thick flaky layers wrapped around a light, citrus-flecked sweet ricotta filling. It was like nothing I'd ever tried -- the perfect marriage of interesting textures and flavors. I became a woman obsessed. I began to see them displayed on every street corner; I researched their origin back at the hotel room, and started to look up recipes for how to recreate them at home. And the reason for the fascination was obviously that they were delicious. But even more: I'm so immersed in the food writing world that I rarely get a chance to discover a dish or a restaurant on my own without hearing tell of it first. And while a long way away from that Italian cafe, I had a similar feeling this week as I scanned the pages of Alice Medrich's new book, Flavor Flours, and baked up a loaf of her beautiful fall pumpkin loaf: Discovery, newness, delight!

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Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie with Kamut Crust

Brown Butter Sweet Potato Pie with Kamut Crust

I always force myself to wait until after Halloween to start thinking much about holiday pies or, really, future holidays in general. But this year I cheated a bit, tempted heavily by the lure of a warmly-spiced sweet potato pie that I used to make back when I baked pies for a living in the Bay Area (way back when). We seem to always have sweet potatoes around as they're one of Oliver's favorite foods, and when I roast them for his lunch I've been wishing I could turn them into a silky pie instead. So the other day I reserved part of the sweet potatoes for me. For a pie that I've made hundreds of times in the past, this time reimagined with fragrant brown butter, sweetened solely with maple syrup, and baked into a flaky kamut crust. We haven't started talking about the Thanksgiving menu yet this year, but I know one thing for sure: this sweet potato pie will make an appearance.

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For Three Days, A Student Again

For Three Days, A Student Again

This time last week I was up in the Skagit River Valley sitting in the early fall sun eating wood-fired bagels and chatting with farmers, millers and bakers at the Kneading Conference West. I made homemade soba noodles, learned the ins and outs of sourdough starters, and sat in on a session where we tasted crackers baked with single varietal wheats. It was like wine tasting, but with wheat and the whole time I kept pinching myself, thinking: THESE ARE MY PEOPLE! I don't get the opportunity to be a student much these days -- usually on the other side of things teaching cooking classes or educating people at the farmers markets about whole grains and natural sugars. So to just sit and listen with a fresh (red!) notebook and a new pen was surprisingly refreshing. I miss it already. Thankfully, this cookie recipe has come back as a memorable souvenir, and one that is sure to be in high rotation in our house in the coming months.

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Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies (Plus a Treat for You)

Soft and Chewy Ginger Cookies (Plus a Treat for You)

Strolling New York City streets during the height of fall when all the leaves are changing and golden light glints off the brownstone windows. This is what I envisioned when I bought tickets to attend my cousin's September wedding earlier this month: Sam and I would extend the trip for a good day or two so we could experience a little bit of fall in the city. We'd finally eat at Prune and have scones and coffee at Buvette, as we always do. Sam wanted to take me to Russ and Daughters, and we'd try to sneak in a new bakery or ice cream shop for good measure. Well, as some of you likely know, my thinking on the weather was premature. New York City fall had yet to descend and, instead, we ambled around the city in a mix of humidity and rain. When we returned home I found myself excited about the crisp evening air, and the fact that the tree across the street had turned a rusty shade of amber. It was time to do a little baking. 

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Honeyed Spelt Cornbread with Fresh Cranberries

Honeyed Spelt Cornbread with Fresh Cranberries

I am writing this on Saturday afternoon on a day when we had big plans to conquer pre-baby chore lists, but Sam's not feeling great and my energy's a little low so it hasn't been quite what we'd envisioned. My goals for the morning were to repot a house plant and make some soup and I've done neither. I will say that the sweet potato and fennel are still sitting on the counter eagerly awaiting their Big Moment -- it just hasn't come about quite yet. Sam and I were both going to attempt to install the carseat, but it started to look really daunting so we abandoned ship; it's now sitting proudly in the basement, also eagerly awaiting its Big Moment. So it's been one of those weekends -- the kind you look back on and wonder what it is you actually accomplished. At the very least, I get the chance to tell you about this hearty cranberry cornbread. I know maybe it feels premature in the season for cranberry recipes, but hang with me here: slathered with a little soft butter and runny honey, there's nothing I'd rather eat right now on the cool, crisp Seattle mornings we've been having lately.  

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