Spring is here! We've been spending as much time outside as possible, burying our toes in the sandbox, picnicking in the parks, and (with much less enthusiasm) digging dandelions. Cooking has taken a backseat to gardening, but it's that time of year right? I wasn't sure if I would have time to put the garden in this year, with a new baby and all, but it is promising to be a great season! Already poking up out of the ground are tiny radishes, beets, carrots, corn, turnips, zucchini, broccoli, onions, garlic and lettuces. Tomato and pepper plants are showing flowers already and the rhubarb is begging to be harvested and made into pies. I'm coming!I'm coming!
With the great outdoors calling, I tend to slip into the kitchen around 5 in the afternoon and whip up something quick for dinner. Of course with my sweet tooth, I can't go without a dessert too, and to satisfy that craving I tend to lean heavily on the fruit galette over the summer months. Seasonal fruit, flaky pastry? What's not to drool over?
I'm a big fan of the galette. I make mine with puff pastry (less time consuming than making a crust) and whatever fresh seasonal fruit I have on hand. When I saw this delicate strawberry galette in Martha Stewart Living May edition, I knew I couldn't resist it's prettiness and so here it is. It's worth coming in out of the sun to make!!
adapted from Martha Stewart. Original recipe here.
1 pound strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon cold butter, cut into pieces
250 grams puff pastry
On a floured surface, roll pastry to 1/4 inch thick round. Transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet and chill for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cut strawberries lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Toss with sugar and cornstarch and immediately arrange in concentric circles on dough. Start 1 inch from edge, overlapping slices slightly. Fold edge of dough over berries. Whisk together yolk and water. Brush dough with egg wash and dot berries with butter.
Bake until pastry is golden brown, about 40 minutes.