Peach Galette with Toffee Balsamic

This Brown Butter Peach Galette with Toffee Balsamic Sauce is loaded with sweet and juicy peaches macerated in brown butter and sugar and encased in a deliciously crisp and flaky pastry and topped with sweet and tangy toffee balsamic sauce and served with a dollop of cream.



We are already towards the end of June! That is half a year almost coming to an end. Whoaaaaa!!!!!

That’s quick, isn’t it!

6 months ago, I had a completely different plan for my life. And 6 months into 2014, my choices and my life have changed dramatically.

In these 182 days, I have shed more tears than I can care to remember, I have lost the dream that I had dreamt since I was 12 years old and I have compromised more than I’d have liked to.

peach galette peaches the cupcake confession

Giving up culinary school has been the toughest decision I’d had to make this year. Until Feb, I had everything chalked out. I was going to study Patisserie at Le Cordon Bleu, London and get a fancy schmancy pastry chef job and live a happy life covered in flour and butter for the rest of my life.

Turned out, it was far better in my dreams than in my reality. For starters, I was seriously and desperately falling short of funds, which meant relying on a bank loan. While that was pretty straight forward, there were a million other things I had to consider!

peach galette before going in oven the cupcake confession

Would I get a decent paying job?

Will I be able to repay the massive loan within 5-7 years?

Will I get a job at all?

And most importantly…

Will I be able to live my life in this time period or merely survive?

These questions were heartbreaking because whilst all I wanted was to live a fairytale life where everything would fall into place and I would be a happy resident of candyland, I could hear the little voice inside my head saying the exact opposite things.

peach galette after baked whole the cupcake confession

I knew it would be an excruciatingly difficult life. I’d have to give up my family, friends and most importantly my life to make ends meet.

Is that how I’d want to picture my life 5 years from now? Obviously, NOT!

So I gave it up. It was difficult, but then most things in life are. That feeling is still so raw and makes me tear up faster than I can say STOP.

But, you know what’s the most beautiful part of this story?

peach galette slices top the cupcake confession

It gave me a new direction. It made me realize my dream in a whole new way that I never thought was even possible. It made me realize the importance of travelling to new places to understand food cultures all over the world. Cooking and baking is easy, you make a few errors and then you get a hang of it and eventually perfect it.

But even the best of schools can’t give you that one thing that makes your food soulful – INSPIRATION.

peach galette after bakedslices one close up the cupcake confession

You cannot get inspired unless you experience something that you have never experienced before and that experience is only possible when you throw yourself out there get out of your cosy cocoon and go out there and explore a new ingredient or a new delicacy that you knew nothing about.

That is what I want to do and eventually I came to realize that that is exactly what I’ve wanted all along. To understand food on the most basic level – why it is so important to people! {Besides the obvious fact that you need it for survival}

peach galette after bakedslices one close up eye view the cupcake confession

I want to meet new people, talk to them and learn about their life experiences and the role that food plays in their lives. I want to explore new ingredients and understand their importance in local cooking. I want to know why food is used as a binding agent when it comes to celebrating life, festivities and a simple get together with friends and family.

And while we’re at it, I want you to know how I made this Brown Butter Peach Galette with Toffee Balsamic Sauce, because, well, IT’S DELICIOUS!

peach galette after baked whole right view the cupcake confession


Brown Butter Peach Galette with Toffee Balsamic Sauce


    For the Pastry:
  1. 150 gms all purpose flour
  2. 2 tbsp caster sugar +extra for dusting before baking
  3. 1 pinch of salt
  4. 80 gms cold butter {cut into small cubes}
  5. 2 tbsp ice cold water
  6. For the filling:
  7. 20 gms butter {browned}
  8. 2 medium sized peaches {sliced}
  9. 2 tbsp caster sugar
  10. 2 heaped tbsp Toffee Sauce
  11. 2 tsp Balsamic Vinegar


  1. Sift the flour, add the sugar and salt.
  2. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut the cubes of butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the iced cold water and very briefly knead it until it all comes together {less than 5 seconds}
  4. Wrap in cling film and refrigerate for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, make the filling. In a saucepan, add the butter and on low heat, let it melt and gently bubble over. As soon as it begins to brown take it off the heat. You need to be very careful as the butter can burn really fast after it has browned.
  6. Add to sliced peaches and add the sugar. Mix well and leave in the refrigerator to macerate.
  7. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees C
  8. Once the pastry dough has chilled enough, take it out and place it between two sheets of baking parchment and roll out until it is about 1 mm thick.
  9. Gently roll the dough over your rolling pin and place it on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  10. Place the slices of peach in the centre of the dough in a way that one slice of peach overlaps the other half of the peach and repeat till you reach all the way till the centre of the dough.
  11. Spoon over the liquid from the maceration onto the peaches to keep them moist.
  12. In a bowl, mix the toffee sauce and balsamic vinegar and spoon it over the peaches.
  13. Begin folding the free end of the dough over the peaches in a way that the next fold slightly overlaps the previous one until all of the dough has been folded over. Brush the dough with leftover brown butter and sprinkle some caster sugar over the dough.
  14. Pop it into the oven for 40-45 minutes or until the dough looks brown and crisp.
  15. Serve immediately with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream or with a dollop of cream whipped to soft peaks as shown in the photo.

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  1. This galette looks beautiful, Samina! I’ve never made one before, but now they’re popping up everywhere, so I definitely have to try this! And I love how creative you are with the toffee balsamic sauce! Sounds like the best part to me!

    1. Thank you SOOOO much Gayle!!!! The toffee balsamic sauce happened out of the blue! I just thought of mixing them up last minute and it was the best decision ever! You have to try the sauce! You’ll love it, I’m sure! :*

  2. Such a lovely honest post Samina! What a difficult decision you had to reach. Things happen for a reason and you are on the right path!! 🙂 you are young. Many great opportunities will come your way!! Fabulously, gorgeous galette, by the way :-)))

  3. Samina, you’ve definitely had a tough year. Giving up something you want is difficult, but you show much wisdom in thinking things out. You’ve got it right, your inspiration is what keeps you going.
    Love that you created this beautiful galette. It looks amazing and your photographs are lovely.

  4. Even though the start of this year has been difficult, I am convinced you will have so many opportunities in the future. Your passion and positive attitude will take you a long way. Finding your passion at a young age is a huge gift.
    This galette looks absolutely incredible. I just bought my first peaches of the summer yesterday and can’t wait to do lots of cooking with them!

  5. Wow Samina! What a powerful, insightful, heartbreaking and yet uplifting post! I love the way you look at life and EMBRACE it! I LOVE this –> But even the best of schools can’t give you that one thing that makes your food soulful – INSPIRATION. I so agree with you! YOU Samina give me inspiration! And this Peach Galette?…it’s simply fabulous darling…as are you! 🙂 Thank you for a great read. And, for the inspiration.

  6. I think the hardest thing that one can do is to realize that their dreams and goals have changed, and then to actually do what’s necessary to change them. So GO YOU!!

    And whoa does this galette look good. I made an apricot galette this past weekend and now I’m wishing it had toffee and balsamic!

  7. Samina, in a way just by having this food blog you are in culinary school! Different, I know, but I bet you wouldn’t have had time to do this if you’d gone to London and joined a busy course.
    As for this galette … GORGEOUS! I’d love to try making one of these myself, but I don’t think I’d have thought of serving that lovely toffee sauce with it!

  8. Giving up the course you have envisioned for yourself is never easy, but sometimes people cling to what they want without realizing what they would have to give up to meet that goal. it sounds like this would have put a major financial burden on you as well as your personal relationships. you only get one life, I firmly believe you should do what you love, but also balance it with who you love. it sounds like you made a tough, but good decision. i just know good things are in store for you! 🙂

  9. I am so sorry for what you have been going through, Samina. I had no idea. But as someone who worked in a pastry kitchen for years, I am here to tell you that you don’t need culinary school for that. Also it’s not nearly as glamorous as it sounds! I think you are destined for much greater things. You have so much potential and this gorgeous tart is proof of that. Your mind is so creative and you have such an incredible eye for beauty and a gift with words. Beautiful, beautiful, and of course, pinned.

  10. Wow, what a hard choice to have to make – life can be so tricky! but at least you can still share your amazing talent with all of us on your blog! this galette is calling my name – I have been dying to make one now that the peaches are so delicious!

  11. I’m really sorry you had to give up on the dream. That feeling is quite a terrible one indeed 🙁 But I’m sure you’ll manage to reach your goal someday Samina dear! I’m sure you will! In the meantime, try to enjoy your time with your friends and close ones, ok? And keep cooking such beautiful desserts like this one. It looks ever so amazing! xx

  12. I’m sure you would someday find it in you to complete your dream. It’s just a matter of time, and perhaps this is not the time.

    Meantime, continue pursuing your dreams because there is no way you’d be stopped 🙂

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