This Valentine's Day don't kick your kids out of the kitchen. Instead have them help you whip up a Paris-inspired Valentine's Day treat! Children's culinary expert, Barbara Beery, has compiled her favorite French desserts in her newest cookbook My First French Bakery. Recipes are selected with little hands in mind so kids can help measure, stir, sift, and decorate.

Below we’ve provided the recipe for Fresh Fruit Gallettes, or as they say in France Galettes De Fruits Frais.
From our family to yours, enjoy!


  • 1 purchased refrigerated pie crust or Sweet Pastry Dough
  • 3 cups fresh seasonal fruits
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Juice and grated zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2-3 tablespoons cream


1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking pan with parchment paper.  
2. Roll out the dough onto the lined baking sheet and place in the fridge while preparing the filling.
3. In a bowl, toss together the fruit, salt, lemon juice and zest, cornstarch, and all but a tablespoon of sugar. Use more of the cornstarch for juicy stone fruits (like plums, nectarines, or peaches) and less for fruit like blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. 
4. Pile the fruit mixture on the dough circle, leaving a 1 and 1/2-inch border. Gently fold the border over the edge of the fruit mixture, pleating to hold. 
5. Mix egg and cream in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Brush pastry generously with egg and cream mixture. Sprinkle the remaining tablespoon of sugar on the crust. 
6. Bake for 35-45 minutes, until the filling bubbles up vigorously and the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the baking pan for 15-20 minutes on a wire rack. Slide it off of the baking pan and serve warm or at room temperature. 

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My First French Bakery

Barbara Beery

Barbara Beery has been a spokesperson for such national companies as Sun Maid Raisin, Uncle Ben’s, Borden’s, Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Step 2. Barbara has been a contributing writer to FamilyFun, the country’s leading family magazine. She has appea... Read More