My sister-in-law and her friend are visiting for the next week and a half, and since they arrived at the airport at about dinner time, I made a quiche lorraine earlier in the day and served that with a simple salad. I decided that we needed a dessert as well, and since I really love the frozen berry mix here (which includes what I think are currants), I decided to try a mixed berry galette with a chocolate sauce to drizzle over it.
In theory, this should have been a hole-in-one. I added some sugar and a little cornstarch (to help thicken the juices) and brushed an egg wash onto the folded edges and then sprinkled it with vanilla sugar. After 45 minutes at 350 degrees F, it looked beautiful. I let it rest for about 10 minutes to cool down a little and hopefully thicken up.
But I forgot to put in some sort of cookie layer at the bottom to soak up some of the juices. The flavor was tart and berry-licious, but the middle of the crust was soggy, and juices ran everywhere.
As the juices flowed around the (luckily) rimmed baking sheet, it reminded me a little of blood...which is okay for a Twilight theme party, but not necessarily for everyday entertaining!
So I'm still working on this recipe and will try a couple of things the next time around. The first will be to let the fruit defrost and drain some of the excess juices. The next will be to use a little more cornstarch. And finally, I'll have to find a cookie that might pair well with mixed berries to crush and place as the first layer in the galette to soak up the juices I didn't catch the first time around. Oh well, at least it tasted good!