The Lazy Monday Morning Breakfast Galette

April 23rd, 2010  | Category: Breakfast and Brunch, Tarts and Pies

Breakfast Galette

You know what the best part about working from home is?

It used to happen to me all the time. Right after Sunday dinner. The last couple of hours before you go to bed. They suddenly become the most precious hours of the day and are usually spent on deciding what to do. Should I curl up with that book I never seem to find time for or make popcorn and watch that movie I’ve been looking forward to? Oh how precious those last hours are. Even more so if you know that a full inbox will be waiting for you the morning after.

The best part about working from home is to first get depressed on a Sunday night and then immediately realize that in fact, you are NOT going to wake up at 7 AM and spend hours on the road to get to work, only to find out dozens of unanswered emails with a stale cup of coffee in your hand.

Actually, my office was only 10 minutes away from home and there was never any traffic and the coffee didn’t really suck and most of the weeks, I was greeted by a bountiful box of vegetables and fruits from my dad’s garden, but I really needed that drama above to make a point.

There’s nothing better than waking up late on a Monday morning and walking to your “cubicle” in pjs.

Scratch that. There is actually something better if you take only 15 minutes the day before and put together a simple dough.

Galette Dough

I call it The Lazy Monday Morning Breakfast Galette. You prepare the dough on a Sunday evening, place it in the refrigerator so the flour has enough time to soak up the liquid and the butter pieces are cold again so they create steam when baked and make the crust puff up.

Then, you wake up on a Monday morning, probably around 10:30, take the dough out, roll it out, prick the bottom with a fork, chill some more and pop it in the oven to pre-bake.

String Cheese

Then, you take it out, sprinkle some cheese on it, place halved cherry tomatoes and eggs on top and finally dot with black olive paste.

Black Olive Paste

And then it looks something like this.

Breakfast Galette 2

Back in the oven for another 25 minutes and you’re done.

Monday morning has never been this good.


Galette Dough Ingredients

For two 8*12-inch galettes

  • 2 sticks of butter, cold
  • 2+1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 7 tbsp ice water
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten with a fork

Filling Ingredients

For one 8*12-inch galette

  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3+1/2 ounces cheese*, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp black olive paste (or 10 black olives, halved)
  • 3 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper

* I’ve used a local cheese called Çeçil (che-chill), but a nutty Gruyere would also be perfect for this.


  1. To prepare the galette dough, cut butter into small pieces and place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  2. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal. Gradually add ice water and pulse until the dough forms clumps and curds. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and very lightly and sparingly, knead just to incorporate dry ingredients. Divide the dough into two even balls. Flatten balls into circles; wrap individually in plastic. Refrigerate the dough for at least three hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Remove one piece of dough from refrigerator; place on floured work surface (or in between two sheets of parchment paper) and using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a 8*12 inch rectangle.
  4. Fold the dough, half an inch from all sides, to enclose the edges, prick the bottom with a fork, brush the border with the beaten egg, transfer to a baking tray, place in the freezer and chill for 15 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, preheat your oven to 350F.
  6. Separate the eggs (so the baked yolks will still be bright yellow) and set aside.
  7. Pre-bake the galette for 20 minutes, then take it out, sprinkle cheese on the bottom, place the egg whites side by side and then the yolks (very gently) on top followed by halved tomatoes and black olive paste.
  8. Place it in the oven and bake for 25 more minutes.
  9. Serve immediately.
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  1. 1 - Peggy Polaneczky on April 23rd, 2010

    Wow. This is so gorgeous – perfect for a Sunday Brunch (that’s for those of us who don’t work from home on Monday morning…)

  2. 2 - Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog on April 23rd, 2010

    I’d like having this Galette for breakfast for tomorrow – they look glorious!!



  3. 3 - Sean on April 23rd, 2010

    That is too completely adorable! Nice work, Cenk.

  4. 4 - carole (bishy57) on April 23rd, 2010

    sounds yummy and so simple to make, will have to give this a try n the weekend!

  5. 5 - Patricia on April 23rd, 2010

    I have to stop looking your post before lunch time! Its so cruel! ;-P

  6. 6 - Sarah on April 23rd, 2010

    Thanks again for making this your real job.

  7. 7 - Aysegul - nysdelight on April 23rd, 2010

    Çeçil is like string cheese. Which is wide available and can be easily found in may food stores. Many middle eatern & gourmet stores do carry a variety of string cheeses.

  8. 8 - Audrey on April 23rd, 2010

    I thought there were apricots and cherries at first look, they would also be good for breakfast!

  9. 9 - justine on April 24th, 2010

    Congrats on being featured on Tastespotting. The galette looks lovely!

  10. 10 - The Purple Foodie on April 24th, 2010

    Drat I can’t wait to work from home! ANd to top that I have to get to work tomorrow. Yes, that’s right, on a SUNDAY! Although I love what I do (work at a patisserie) I would like to have normal holidays just like my friends and family. Sigh.

  11. 11 - Liz on April 25th, 2010

    I love this idea. We seem to be starting a habit of Sunday brunches, and I love things that can be whipped up easily right when I roll out of bed with my cup of coffee in hand.

  12. 12 - Wizzythestick on April 25th, 2010

    Wow! This is lovely and perfect for a lazy Sunday morning

  13. 13 - Hela on April 26th, 2010

    Yum !

    I want some !

    My day starts at 5:50 am :-/

  14. 14 - Manggy on April 27th, 2010

    Oh please, don’t remind me, I’m about to start my first full-time job! I’m going to miss the freedom! (But at least I’ll be working.)
    This looks soooo good and I’ll need a slice, now!

  15. 15 - Bread and Beta on April 29th, 2010

    This looks like a great addition to the weekend brunch repertoire. Or a good eggs-for-dinner night during the week. Thanks for the recipe!

  16. 16 - Micah - Coffee machine on May 6th, 2010

    I love to try this recipe out. It looks really beautiful and tasty.

  17. 17 - snacksgiving on May 7th, 2010

    Hmm..that looks nice n easy!

  18. 18 - Venetia on July 8th, 2010

    That’s very interesting, the Çeçil cheese looks exactly like queso Oaxaca, a string cheese from Mexico. Yummy tart!

  19. 19 - Carolina_D on February 26th, 2013

    I know this is late, but I just found your blog a couple of days ago. I lived in Ankara for several years to attend uni (METU) in the mid 60’s. Turkey has changed SO much since those days. I still love it, but I miss the ‘old days’. (Especially the prices.) I also miss the ‘traditional’ foods that are now hard to find in most eating establishments. However, traditional or not, I want to try this recipe. Does the pastry really use two sticks of butter? This seems a lot for the amount of flour, etc. (I really hope you see this comment. I’m not sure you will, so fingers crossed!)

  20. 20 - Cenk on February 27th, 2013

    Carolina_D – Hello. Yes, there are two sticks of butter in the dough, but this is for 2 8-by-12 inch galettes. If you’d like, you can halve the recipe for one galette dough, but it is always wise to double the recipe and freeze one of them for the future.

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