Sunday, May 18, 2008

Back indoors with Strawberry Galette

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!!

Strawberry Galette

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.


Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I can't wait for strawberry season...very soon!!!!!!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love tarts that aren't weighed down by pastry cream. As always, Martha shows us the way!

Kajal@aapplemint said...

awe man so many strawberries !!! love the galette. want the galette :)

Peter M said...

Aimee, damn our iffy Canadian's freezing here today!

You decorated the galette immaculately and dare I say, if Rocco di Spirito was around to sample it, he'd claim it as his own! lol

Patricia Scarpin said...

I have never made a galette, Aimée - yours would be a great way to start. :)

LyB said...

Aimée, I'm totally jealous of your garden! That galette would make the joy of everyone here, we all love strawberries! :)

Aimée said...

Hi Val- It must be so beautiful in the Okanagan these days.

Hi Lydia- Well I love pastry cream, but it's good to mix things up a little!

Hi Kate- Your profile pic is the best!

Hi Peter- Freezing? Wierd. Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Hi Patricia- They are so easy, you must try some this summer. They are also lovely in individual form.

Hi Lynne- You shouldn't envy the weeding and backbreaking digging! :)

Abby said...

Yay for Martha, of course. Love her.

The tart is gorgeous. Is there any fruit more beautiful than a red, ripe strawberry? Not sure there is! Glad you're enjoying your spring!

Marie Rayner said...

That looks so tasty and light. I think I may try this! Strawberries are just coming in to season here!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a perfect summertime dessert! I'm in awe that you put in a garden with a wee one.

Warda said...

I loooove galette. I think it is the perfect way for the fruits to be the star. Yours is lovely. Perfect for picnics indeed. Happy spring, my dear Aimee. Hugs to the kids.

test it comm said...

That Strawberry Galette looks really good! I am looking forward to the local strawberries.

Emily said...


It's beautiful and so simple!

Half Baked said...

This galette looks gorgeous! I love simple desserts like this that let the fruit be the star:)

Anonymous said...

Yum! I'm so excited that it's strawberry season. What a perfect way to use fresh strawberries!

Deborah said...

This sounds like the perfect spring time dessert!

RecipeGirl said...

I've always wanted to try a galette. This one looks great. Our strawberries are fabulous right now. I already have tomatoes bursting from my plants and they're just beginning to turn red! So exciting :)

Sophie said...

What a pretty dessert; I love how you organized the strawberries. :)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

That looks so beautiful. I too have never made a galette but think that it's about time I changed that. We have some strawberries growing in hanging baskets but they're nowhere near ready. While they grow might have to buy some.


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