It’s Friday!! And the beginning of Mother’s Day weekend! I personally can’t wait to spend Sunday with my little guys soaking up the sunshine that’s heading our way. My mom is in California til next Wednesday, so I’ll have to wait to celebrate with her until she gets back. Which makes this year quiet and low key…just some grilling and maybe a walk on the beach, nice and easy. How about you? What are your plans this weekend?
So I have to share this funny comment that I literally just saw in my inbox because the conversation that we had a few weeks ago about spam was hilarious. I think I was just spam bullied! For real! It read ‘Really? That’s all you have to say on the topic? You seem intelligent, why wasting your time just posting web videos when you could be giving us something enlightening to read? You rely too much on posting videos!’. HA! If I could insert the dying laughing emoji here, I would. The best part? It came from Tips Cepat Hamil Setelah Menstuasi which I can only assume is some medical site overseas somewhere. How does this stuff even get sent to us? I’ve never even posted a video before. Too funny. Keeps it interesting for sure…
Anyhow, I want to talk about this recipe for a few minutes because I feel that it’s so worthy of attention. Galettes are one of my favorite desserts to make because they could not be easier to put together in a pinch, and always seem to go over tremendously well whenever I make them. It’s as easy as making and rolling out dough, filling the center with something delicious, and then baking. Done and done. And the more handmade and rustic it looks, the better. There’s no room for perfection here which takes all of the pressure off…
I thought this would be the perfect dessert to share for Mother’s Day weekend because it’s one that I will actually eat and REALLY enjoy. If I’m eating dessert, it’s most definitely got some fruit involved. I absolutely LOVE fruit desserts, especially berry ones, and they always seem to end up looking beautiful. Galettes are a really easy way to showcase all of the fresh, sweet yet tangy, flavor of any kind of berry. Since we’ve been getting in some killer sweet strawberries lately that have crazy shades of red, I felt like I just had to do something with them. And this rustic galette is the result. I toss the berries with just a small amount of sugar to help bring out their natural flavor, but if you like a sweeter dessert, you can add a tablespoon or so more and be just fine. Another great thing about this recipe is that it keeps really well in the fridge, wrapped tightly, for a couple of days. So in addition to in being perfect right when you take it out of the oven, the leftovers, if any, are just as good cold for a sweet treat when the mood strikes. ENJOY!
Rustic Strawberry Galette with Basil Butter Crust
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
- 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon ice cold water
- 4 basil leaves
- 1 turn of black pepper (or omit if you think it's weird)
- 3 cups sliced hulled strawberries
- 2 tablespoons sugar (or more if you want it sweeter)
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
- coarse sugar for serving
- Place the flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment and pulse a few times to combine. Add in the butter and basil and pulse 10-15 times until the butter is the size of small peas.
- With the food pro set to low speed, pour the water into the tube so that it can add itself slowly to the dough. Continue running the food pro until the dough starts to come together into a ball. When this happens, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a disk. Wrap it tightly with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out to about 1/8 inch thickness. I try to get mine into a circle but don't worry about perfection. This is rustic, remember? Place the dough, whatever shape it is, onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a Silpat liner.
- Combine the strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl and gently mix until the berries are evenly coated. Place the berries in the center of the rolled out dough leaving about a 2-inch edge open. Fold the edge over the berries and brush with the egg wash.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes until the crust is lightly browned and the berries are bubbling and softened. Allow to cool briefly, then sprinkle with the coarse sugar and ENJOY!