Strawberry Rhubarb Galette: A Taste of June
Strawberry season is here. In the northeast, it’s time to head out to your local farm and fill your baskets with these sweet ripe red juicy berries. Strawberry-rhubarb is a classic flavor combination for pies and sweets this time of year. The sweet juicy berries paired with tart crimson red rhubarb are a match made in heaven! This strawberry rhubarb galette is the perfect dessert to make for a midsummer (solstice) celebration on the longest day of the year. Read on for the recipe and all my tips for baking a perfect galette.
What is a galette?
Galette is a French word to describe a free-formed open-topped pie/tart. The Italian word, crostata, can be used interchangeably for the same dessert. Galettes are often filled with fresh seasonal fruit fillings. I prefer to make them over double-crusted pies in the summer because they are less fussy to form and bake faster. Galettes are the perfect way to use up and feature the seasonal fruit of the moment. Right now strawberries and rhubarb are in season and later in the summer cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricot, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are all great alone or in combination with each other.
About That Pastry
The key to building flaky pie pastry that won’t break or crack during baking and is a dream to roll out is to fold the dough. Once the dough can hold together it’s pressed out into a rectangle then folded in thrids 2-3 times to create flaky layers and build strength in the dough. The dough needs to rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to relax the gluten strands and firm up the butter before rolling it out. In the video above you can see in detail the steps for making the dough and rolling it out. This is the only way I make pie dough now after many trials and cracked leaky pies.
Another thing to remember is that all-purpose flour is the best choice to avoid cracks in the dough. Whole grain flours absorb more water so if you opt for whole-grain flour you will have to add more water to the dough. Because whole grain flours will produce drier dough it can be prone to cracking when rolling it out.
A juicy filling that won’t leak
Strawberries in particular give off a lot of juice when baked. Sweeter fruits will give off more liquid than tart fillings. Rhubarb contains very little sugar so it will help balance out the juicy strawberries, but the filling is still too wet. I prefer to use tapioca starch (flour) as a thickener for fruit fillings. It thickens beautifully and creates a glossy sheen.
If you can’t find tapioca starch, cornstarch will also work as will all-purpose flour. The filling must bubble in the center of the galette by the time it is done baking to activate the thickening properties of any of these thickening agents.
Strawberry Rhubarb Galette Questions:
How do I keep my galette from leaking its juices?
The method I detail in the recipe for folding or laminating the dough helps strengthen the pastry without overworking it. The dough is easy to roll out and won’t crack. If you use whole grain flours you may have to add more water as whole grain will absorb more liquid than all-purpose flour. Whole grain pastry is often drier and will crack more easily. I found through experience that using tapioca starch to thicken juicy fruit fillings works best to avoid the filling leaking out of galettes during baking. Making sure to brush eggwash between the folds also helps to seal the dough as it bakes and keeps it from cracking at the folds. That said the filling may bubble up and over the sides of the galette. If this happens I take it out of the oven and spoon up as much juice off the parchment paper as I can. Then add it back to the center of the galette and finish baking it. This is one reason I prefer to bake galettes on parchment paper.
Why is my rhubarb greener than red?
Some varieties of rhubarb are green with just a hint of red. While they won’t give you that bright red color when baked they do taste the same. Don’t fret if you can only find green rhubarb, the strawberries should give off more than enough red color to give you that classic red filling.
Can this strawberry rhubarb galette be made vegan?
Yes, replace butter in equal parts with a vegan butter substitute. I like to use Country Crock plant butter in vegan baked goods. The filling is already vegan-friendly. Instead of an egg wash brush the dough with plant milk mixed with a drop of olive oil and a drop of apple cider vinegar.
Can I use other fruit in this galette recipe?
Yes, the pastry recipe is my go-to pastry for pies and galettes. You can add any fruit you like to the filling: summer berries and/or stone fruits always make great combinations when in season.
For more ways to use strawberries and rhubarb this season check out these recipes:
- Strawberry Elderflower Gin Smash
- Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream with Strawberry Jam Ripple
- Vegan Strawberry Rhubarb Frangipane Galettes
- Wild Honeysuckle Strawberry Lemonade
- Semolina Strawberry Shortcake
- Rhubarb Lime Cashew Cream Tart
- Strawberry Icebox Pie
- Rhubarb Curd Bars
- Rhubarb Rose Almond Cake
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