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In The Kitchen With Beth Kirby Of Local Milk

While in Nashville, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and work with someone we’ve been fans of for quite some time: the lovely Beth Kirby of Local MilkAs a writer and photographer (though far from being a cook), Beth is one of my personal biggest inspirations.  Not only is her work absolutely stunning – her use of natural light and the way that she styles her shots is among the best I’ve seen – but the words she shares are beautiful and thought-provoking.  After meeting her, I can also say that she is real, in every definition of the word.

Watch as Beth demonstrates how to make the peach galette with basil and lavender that was served at our Nashville dinner party (and that I am still dreaming about). And to Beth, thank you for being a part of the dinner – it was truly an honor!

Peach Galette with Basil and Lavender


For pastry crust

125 g (1 cup) all purpose flour

113 g (1/2 cup, 1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 cup ice water (can add up to 1-2 tablespoon extra if needed but use the least you can)

For filling

4 peaches, sliced

1/3 cup sugar

1.5 tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon ground lavender

Handful of fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Melted butter, for brushing.

Sugar for sprinkling.

Make crust: In a mixing bowl combine flour & salt. Using your fingers, work in the butter until no pieces larger than a pea remain and it looks mealy & crumbly. Stir in the ice water. Keep stirring until dough comes together. Using your hands form the dough into a ball. Place ball on a piece of plastic wrap, press into a disk, wrap tightly and chill at least two hours and up until overnight. Can also be frozen at this point.

Make filling: When dough is properly chilled make filling. Mix the cornstarch, lavender, and sugar in a small bowl. Gently, using your hands, toss it with the sliced peaches to coat. Let sit 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, roll out your crust.

Heat oven to 400 F. On a floured work surface with a floured rolling pin, roll crust out into a circle 1/8″ thick. Transfer to a rimless baking sheet. Chill for a moment if needed before continuing. Arrange peaches in the center leaving a 1.5-2″ border, sprinkling the basil on as you go. Reserve a tablespoon or two. Top with a final layer of peaches without any basil on top. Fold in the edges of your crust. Let chill in fridge for 10 min.

Remove from fridge, brush crust with butter and sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400 for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool slightly then sprinkle with reserved fresh basil.

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

beth kirby local milk

Visit Beth’s blog Local Milk.

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Rose D'Angelo Designs -July 30, 2014, 8:14AM

I adore Beth Kirby’s style, it’s so old world glamour!! And how she makes baking seem so effortless as she barely measures her ingredients, just lets them fall from her fingers. It just seems to come so naturally to her. Thanks for the feature!

FRANCESCA -July 30, 2014, 9:09AM

I adore her!
Beautiful post, video and pics.
Love her kitchen!

Brigette -July 30, 2014, 9:20AM

Well, that was beautiful.

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today -July 30, 2014, 9:48AM

I totally agree, she’s amazing!

Madisyn -July 30, 2014, 11:07AM

So lovely. It turned out beautiful! The pictures are everything and the video is adorable. YAY!

rhiannon -July 30, 2014, 12:26PM
Mandie Fae -July 30, 2014, 12:40PM

She’s like a little woodland baking fairy! Would love to have her in my kitchen for a day <3

Julie -July 30, 2014, 1:56PM

These photos are incredible. I love the mood that they set.

Saphoona -July 30, 2014, 3:46PM

This looks so yummy. I can’t wait to try it!

Liz -July 30, 2014, 4:24PM

i absolutley adore her and local milk. thank you so much for posting!

Ashlae -July 31, 2014, 10:37AM

What a beautiful video! And such a stunning galette, Beth.

Ev -July 31, 2014, 11:23AM

Oh my word, so whimsical and old world. The video and music was stunning

danielle powell -July 31, 2014, 12:47PM

beth is one of my greatest inspirations as well– such a natural beauty! so happy to see her featured here!. and that galette….. dayum

Emma Galloway -July 31, 2014, 9:29PM

So beautiful! Love Beth. xx

Maya -August 2, 2014, 1:51PM

Baking with rings on the fingers is disgusting. Otherwise nice video.

Lizzie -August 15, 2014, 5:16PM

What dress is she wearing?! <3

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