Strawberry Galette

*This Strawberry Galette is a stunning spring dessert. Sweet, juicy strawberries are encased in a flaky, golden brown crust.*

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

I’ve included brief mentions to the story of this strawberry galette in past posts, but now that strawberry season is in full swing it’s finally time to present you with the full shebang! It all started when I was a wee little girl… well, more like an awkward preteen. At the time, I hadn’t done much cooking or baking myself – all of my kitchen knowledge was limited to watching my mom and helping out to mix up batches of cookie dough or pans of brownies. One week, my dad and brother were out of town, so it was just my mom and I in the house. We ventured out to the farmer’s market, and, since it was April, I of course gravitated immediately to the strawberries. We arrived home with a couple of baskets of the sweet, juicy berries, and my mom casually suggested that I try adding them to a baked creation.

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

“That’s an interesting idea!”, I thought. Generally up for new challenges, I decided to give it a try. So, we pulled out my mom’s packed filing box of dessert recipes (she has similar such collections of instructions for every type of dish and treat you can imagine) and we started searching for a strawberry recipe. The first one we found was for a berry galette – not quite a pie, not quite a tart, this delicious dessert is a rustic and freeform creation of flaky, buttery pie dough and sweetened fruit. Convinced by the picture alone, I started pulling out buckets of flour and sticks of butter and got to work. An hour later, my mom and I were happy to dig into the dessert – a sweet, sticky mess of the juiciest strawberries; not quite perfect, but more than impressive for a first attempt and delicious nonetheless.

And from that first foray into baking, I was off and running! Quickly I turned to homemade cinnamon-filled brownies, the best chocolate chip cookies, and all sorts of layer cakes. I’m sure, at times at least, my mom regretted turning me on to this often messy and almost always sugar and butter-filled hobby, but I couldn’t get enough. I’ve come to absolutely adore the entire process of baking: from dreaming up new, fun recipes; to the meditative mindset I find measuring and chopping in the kitchen; to, most of all, the joy in sharing my sweets with family and friends.

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

So, although I’m baking year round (constantly, it sometimes seems), every year when spring rolls around and strawberries pop up at the farmer’s market, I’ll make this strawberry galette, to honor the humble roots of my most favorite hobby. And every year, it will come out of the oven absolutely delicious, because that’s just how this little recipe rolls. Seriously, the combination of that flaky, buttery dough, the most syrupy and sweet berries, and the melty vanilla ice cream that you must add on top: it’s perfection. This year, I’ve updated my go-to pie dough in a couple small ways. First, I’m grating the butter (we first stick it in the freezer for a few minutes to make this super easy!) instead of chopping it, which allows it to distribute among the flour super evenly. Second, I’m adding a bit of chilled vodka in with the water that binds everything together. Not something my twelve year old self would ever have thought of (haha), the alcohol helps add moisture without making the dough too tough, resulting in the most flaky and light crust possible. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating spring with this most magnificent strawberry galette!

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

Strawberry Galette

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Medium
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This Strawberry Galette is a stunning spring dessert. Sweet, juicy strawberries are encased in a flaky, golden brown crust.

  • This galette is best served warm, with vanilla ice cream.
  • To make a strawberry rhubarb version, replace one cup of the sliced strawberries with one cup sliced fresh rhubarb.

Ingredients

For Dough:

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup ice water
  • 2 tablespoons vodka, chilled

For Filling:

  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour

Directions

  1. Place butter in the freezer for fifteen minutes so it is easier to grate.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.
  4. Using a box grater, grate butter. Add to flour mixture and stir together with a fork until butter is evenly distributed.
  5. In a small bowl, stir together ice water and vodka with a fork. Drizzle over flour mixture and stir together until a loose dough forms.
  6. Turn dough out onto a floured board and knead a couple of times, until dough is smooth.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for fifteen minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, to prepare filling, stir together sliced strawberries, sugar, and flour in a large bowl.
  9. Unwrap dough and place it on the floured board. Using a rolling pin, roll dough into a twelve-inch round. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  10. Mound prepared strawberry filling in the center of the dough. Fold over the edges of the dough, crimping as you go.
  11. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about fifty minutes.

This Strawberry Galette is a stunning sweet and delicious spring dessert! | The Millennial Cook #springrecipe #strawberry #pie #tart

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5 thoughts on “Strawberry Galette

  1. Can the dough and strawberry mixture be made ahead of time? Would you recommend both stay in the frig overnite, or best to freeze the dough until ready to use? Thanks, will be trying this recipe later this week.

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    1. Hi Amy! Yes, you can definitely make both ahead. I would keep the strawberries covered in the fridge and the dough wrapped up in the freezer. Let the dough sit at room temp for about thirty minutes, then roll it out, add the strawberries, and bake. Enjoy!!

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