For National Pick Strawberries Day, I decided to share this recipe for a simple strawberry galette.
The weather is growing warmer. Juicy red strawberries are starting to appear at the greenmarket, making it the perfect time to bake this fruit galette! A galette, for those who aren’t familiar, is similar to a tart or an “open face” pie. A single sheet of pie dough is filled with your choice of ingredients. Then, the edges of the dough are folded up. The galette is baked on a flat baking sheet (as opposed to a pie tin) until golden brown.
There are many, many variations on galette fillings. Sweet (fruits, berries, etc.) and savory (goat cheese, asparagus, roasted red peppers) toppings both make for great galettes.
Galettes are actually fairly simple to make, but they look so fancy. They’re a great way to impress your friends when you need to bring a dessert to a picnic or dinner party, as they’re relatively uncomplicated to prepare and are also easy to transport. Plus the leftovers are great for breakfast the next morning, too!
This recipe makes one 19″ round simple strawberry galette, which will serve 8-10 people, depending on the size of your slices.
Galette Filling Variations
The possibilities are endless! Some galette filling variations–which can be mixed and matched as desired–include:
- Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries)
- Fruit (peaches, apples, cherries, pears)
- Vegetables (caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini, rhubarb, mushrooms, spinach, leeks)
- Dates and figs
- Meats and cheeses
For example, here is a savory galette I made a few months ago. For this version I used a combination of roasted vegetables, and topped the galette with parmesan cheese:
Strawberry Galette Tips
When folding the pie crust edge around the fruit mixture, be sure there are no holes or breaks in the dough. If there are, the juices may leak in the oven, creating a messy finished product! (Unfortunately, when I first attempted a galette, I learned this lesson the hard way…)
I made this galette with a frozen pie crust. (It saves the step of making pie crust dough from scratch, and I happened to have a box of Trader Joe’s pie crusts in the freezer!) If desired, you can also use your favorite traditional pie dough recipe to prepare your galette crust from scratch.
Happy galette-ing, everyone!
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