Strawberry Galette

8.07.2012




For some reason, every time I set out to buy strawberries for a TWD recipe, it´s raining. And then it doesn´t stop for a few more days. It happened when I made the strawberry cake and when I made this galette. Just saying.

Back to our recipe today, it´s a berry galette by contributing baker extraordinaire Flo Braker. She is truly a master, I love her recipes and I think this one is no exception.
It starts with a sweet dough that has cornmeal in it. Just my kind of mystery ingredient. Cornmeal adds a crunchy texture and a golden color that is a delight. This galette dough is easy to put together and to work with. The other interesting ingredient is sour cream, which makes it very tender and rich but not greasy.




I used my food processor to make it. Mix sour cream and ice water. Blitz flour, cornmeal, the tiniest amount of sugar, salt and butter. Add the water mixture, pulse a few times, wrap the whole thing up and let it rest in the fridge for a few hours.

Galette are by definition free-form pies. Being so un-interested in piping and decorating, this is my kind of pie because it has to be rustic in order to proudly carry that name. I made three individual berry galettes because I wanted to try different combinations of fillings, all strawberry based. 




One is a plain strawberry galette, with sliced fruit and muscovado sugar sprinkled on top. Then we have a strawberry pistachio galette where the fresh fruit is sprinkled with chopped nuts and drizzled with honey. And, what turned out to be my favorite one, a berry orange galette, which included sliced strawberries, fresh blueberries, orange zest and white sugar.

In spite of the slightly sour winter strawberries I used, this is a wonderful dessert. The options are endless though next time I will include some kind of zest in the dough and up the sugar a bit if making this during the cold months. Though I don´t like too sweet pies, the fruit here was not helping at all. 




Our wonderful hosts today are Andrea of The Kitchen Lioness and Lisa of Tomato Thymes. Check their blogs for the recipe. A special shout out to my friend Andrea, who is almost a blogging twin since we started our blogs a few days apart, and who just got her first photograph (a Dorie recipe) published!

This recipe is a keeper for me. It will get a bit tweaked depending on the season but I have a feeling it will be a crowd pleaser. 





30 comments:

  1. First off, please send some rain our way! Your galettes look wonderful. I would have never thought of adding pistachios. I will have to remember than, we love them. Beautiful galettes.

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  2. I like the addition of pistachios, what a great combo. We loved this dessert. I'll make it again soon with fresh peaches--yum!

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  3. I agree, your photos are beautiful. I like your galette trio - it gives you a real sense of the possibilities for the dough and the fillings.

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  4. Lovely :-)
    Great variations with the nuts.
    Up here, every time I need to turn the oven on - the temperatures start to rise... Are the elements conspiring against us?

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  5. Well done, Paula! Love your delicious tweaks!

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  6. Love the use of pistachios in this! Sorry about the rain, but how can you blame a sweet innocent little strawberry? :) I am intrigued by the crust recipe, too... Sur cream?

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  7. You have a gift with that pastry Paula - wow! My grandmother always added a bit of cornmeal to her pancakes - it gives such a lovely crunch to things.

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  8. I love the look of your tarts with the red strawberries. Yum!

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  9. I cannot stop staring at your galette ... Is that wrong? :-)

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  10. Beautiful galettes! I love that you tried different fillings for each. I also had the idea of making mini galettes, and will do that next time. :)

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  11. Beautiful Galattes my friend, that strawberry flavour looks awesome :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. I think you made the most of your Winter weather. I know every week is a challenge with fresh ingredients which are unavailable now but it does make you stretch your creative food brain (the left side) to invent and make something delicious. With all your many Posts, you seem to be able to do that. Your little babies are yummy-looking. I would have probably liked the orange zest galette the best also.

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  13. Three different delicious fillings in wonderfully rustical looking galettes: beautiful life!

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  14. Paula, Gorgeous galettes…your crust looks so flaky…just perfect!! This is also my kind of dessert…love the ease and rustic look of these! Love all your tweaks, especially the pistachios…very creative!

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  15. Your galettes look fantastic, Paula. It was raining here too when I wanted to bake them and then I found some time when it stoppped:) Next time I'll add some pistacchios for my galette;)

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  16. Well the rain sure matches the warmth of these galettes perfectly! I would love to have these on a rainy day!

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  17. Lovely galettes :) Really great dessert.

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  18. Oh Paula! your pictures are making me drool! these mini galettes look fabulous!

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  19. Pie crust and strawberries are bound to be good!

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  20. Looks amazing. I wish I could take food pictures like that!

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  21. Paula, all theree different versions of your Mini Galettes look interesting - I appreciate the fact that this recipe leaves a lot of room for ideas and let´s the baker get creative! Just the right kind of recipe.

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  22. I absolutely love strawberry pie! As you said, galettes are nice because you don't have to get too fancy. :) I haven't thought much about strawberries recently since it's winter, but we're going to plant some in our garden this year. Come summer, I'll try out your recipe!

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  23. I'm very impressed by the three different versions! They all look delicious, I really like the pistachio idea.

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  24. Beautiful galettes.. I made a plum one and loved it..

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  25. hello ! great recipe ! what's the recipe of galette dough please? Tank you!

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    1. Hi! You will find the blogs that have the recipes (The Kitchen Lioness and Tomato Thymes) at the end of the post.

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