This rustic strawberry galette combines buttery shortcrust pastry, a nutty hazelnut base, and juicy berries to create a spectacular summer dessert!
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Ever since I (finally) mastered making flaky, buttery shortcrust pastry from scratch a few years back, I’ve been on a quest to expand my savory and sweet pie repertoire. I’ve included several of my current favorite tart and galette recipes in my recent cookbook, French Appetizers, but then I realized that I hadn’t expanded that category on my blog. This was the best excuse to keep churning up batches of shortcrust pastry, ever!
I first made this Hazelnut and Strawberry Galette a couple of years ago to celebrate the arrival of local strawberries at my neighborhood market. I made it repeatedly over the summer, switching the choice of berry as the selection evolved at the market, but the hazelnut and strawberry combination remained a favorite. I’ve made it countless times by now and it was undoubtedly become one of my family’s favorite summer desserts!
The first iterations of this Hazelnut and Strawberry Galette used a hazelnut frangipane filling—a pastry cream of sorts, thickened by ground nuts—but after a while, I switched to making it with a hazelnut financier base after Montreal pastry chef Patrice Demers tipped me to the idea.
A financier is a tiny almond-flour-based French cake, and chef Demers not only makes and serves individual-sized financiers in his Montreal shop, but uses that same batter as the base of his tarts, too. The batter of financiers contains more flour than frangipane cream does, and so it creates a more substantial base to hold fruits and absorb their juices. Financiers are traditionally made with browned butter, which not only is dreamy delicious in itself, but delightfully underlines the flavor of hazelnuts in this galette, too!
To make this Hazelnut and Strawberry Galette, I encourage you to make shortcrust pastry from scratch using my super easy, foolproof recipe. Contrary to what you might think, homemade pastry can come together in a flash and the flavor is just so much better than any ready-made option.
Dozens of people have called my food processor shortcrust pastry recipe “life-changing” and this is what this precise formula was for me too. As summer rolls by, make this galette again with raspberries, wild blueberries, peaches, or a combination of summer fruits. I can’t think of a better way to end a warm, sunny day!
Watch my Shortcrust Pastry recipe video to discover how easily you could be making shortcrust pastry from scratch, too!
Two of the three components in this galette can be made days in advance: the shortcrust pastry and the financier batter. Keep shortcrust pastry wrapped in plastic and financier batter in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Bring the two back to room temperature for 30 to 45 minutes before assembling and baking the galette, which should ideally be served warm from the oven.
Fresh, dense, flavor-packed summer fruits don’t need any thickening, but if you find the strawberries you’re using a bit watery (they’ll be larger with a white core), adding 1 tsp (5 ml) cornstarch to the fruits is a good idea. This will keep the juices in the galette—not all over the baking sheet.
This galette is fine and gorgeous served on its own but garnishing it with lemon zest and fresh basil leaves adds flavor and cool pops of color. Serve each slice topped with vanilla gelato, ice cream, or whipped cream for an indulgent touch!
Right: Cover with the strawberries (you can fan them out elegantly, or just dump them over the financier batter!)
Bring the edges of the dough up and over the filling, creasing it and gently pressing it down onto the filling as you go.
Left: Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the dough with milk.
Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the fruits are bubbly. Garnish as desired with toasted hazelnuts, grated lemon zest, and basil leaves. Serve warm with vanilla gelato, ice cream, or whipped cream!
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