The perfect way to celebrate the arrival of summer weather is when the rhubarb is ripe at the same time as strawberries! Take the tartness of rhubarb with the sweetness of the strawberry and you have a winning combination.
I used my flaky pastry recipe (with egg and vinegar) to create this one … and in case you are wondering what the threads of lighter colour are …. I had a soft apple in the fridge so it got added to the pie. Delicious!
Have you ever made a galette? It’s really just a fancy name for a very easy, lazy way of making a pie. If you aren’t a fan of making your own pastry dough, then just buy a frozen pre made pie crust, tip it out of the tin pie plate and carry on …. if you roll over the edges to take away that little crimped evidence of a premade shell you don’t even have to admit this to anyone!
Preheat oven to 400.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface roll out your pastry to about 1/8″ thickness. Place on baking sheet (it will hang over the edge). Put this in the fridge for about 10 minutes while you prep the fruit.
- 1 pint strawberries, thickly sliced
- 1 pound very refresh rhubarb stalks, cut into 1/2″ thickness (or frozen sliced rhubarb)
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar, to taste
- 2 tbsp flour
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp pure vanilla bean paste
To finish you will need:
In a large bowl toss the strawberries and rhubarb with the sugar, flour, lemon juice and vanilla. Spread on the prepared pastry to within 2″ of the edge. Fold the edges, pleating at about 2″ intervals. BE REALLY CAREFUL HERE ….. warning is from experience. If you don’t carefully create these pleats, (sealing as you go) enough to hold the fruit there will be a breakout, and that mess is not pretty!
Brush the edges of the pastry with milk and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Dot the filling with butter. Bake the galette in the centre of the oven for 1 hot, or until the fruit is bubbling and the pastry is golden brown. Allow to cool before cutting.
THIS is what happened when I didn’t seal the edges of my pleats together …. really, you should have seen me trying to get the half baked effort off the sheet pan and into something that would hold the juices better, BEFORE it all ran away. Still tasted delicious, just somewhat messier, but a galette is meant to be free form anyway, right???
NOTE – If you are using fresh rhubarb, remember that the leaves are toxic! Be sure to trim them to remove any leaf.