Strawberry Galette with Vanilla Scented Frangipane … ♥ Rustic Sweetheart Tart ♥

This one smells like strawberry.
Lucy Garcia
The rustic beauty of a galette is something that I cannot bypass. I saw an Strawberry-Apple Galette at my new found favourte destination, The Mansurovs, and I knew it would play on my mind till I made something similar. I needed an opportunity, an excuse to bake…  delicate, perishable fruit always seem to present just that window of opportunity!
It was a day I had gone to the market and the vendor got me 2 boxes of pretty strawberries. Yes, right, I coudn’t resist the offer and came home on the double. Day 1 went by, but day 2 had me longing to bake with them. Opportunity came by in a most charming way. Got an invite from the beautiful Amici Cafe in Khan Market, New Delhi for a special bloggers session to sample the cafes aphrodasiac menu for Valentines.

Yes, I would bake a galette for them and one for us too! ‘Us’ because 13th of February is the day Mr PAB fondly marks on his calendar annually as the day Vin met Dee. This was 20 years ago…. 20years??? Time does fly. Here’s a scratchy old picture of ours taken around that time when we were visiting Bath! I still have a bottle of sealed ‘Bath’ water, a ceramic mug & a thimble on my shelf … souvenier cum memories of that visit!

Back to the tart… I used a similar recipe that I had used earlier for the Fresh Fig Tart here. The process of making this moreish tart is as therapeutic an experience as can be. For me, it is pure joy to work with fruit. Rustic, free form pastry makes it even better. Frangipane is a big favourite in our home, and the aromas of the tart baking were instantly mood uplifting.
Needed it because in the background could here my current favourite song playing … by Just Jack, ‘The Day I Died’poignant and evocative lyrics. There’s something about the lyrics that makes you think about the small things in every day life, the little joys that we fail to treasure …  hmmm.

There’s something about strawberries that make food so much more passionate. They offer tremendous colour play, are sensual and vibrant, and are an absolute pleasure to bake with. I really enjoyed my morning making these galettes as I’m a huge fan of frangipane and free form pastry.

Galette is a general term used in French to designate various types of flat, round or free form crusty cakes. One notable type is the galette des Rois (King cake) eaten on the day of Epiphany. In French Canada, the term galette is usually applied to pastries best described as large cookies.

As David Lebovitz says, “Whether sweet or savory, a galette is less fussy than a traditional tart and offers more crisp crust”. The frangipane layer absorbs some fruit juices and helps keep the crust crisp. I find it also compliments tangy/tart fruits beautifully, and enhances the flavours of sweet ones like apples and peaches. An alternative for frangipane could be biscuit crumbs as Monsieur Lebovitz suggests.

Since this is free form pastry, you can roll it as thick or relatively thinner than a pastry crust. Don’t roll it too thin or it might not be able to hold the weight of the frangipane and fruit. Pleating the sides are also your call entirely … just a border like I’ve done, or almost all the way around with a small opening on top. If the weather is warm, the unbaked tart might benefit from 30 minutes chilling in the fridge. Thereafter, pop it into a preheated oven straight out of the fridge. This article by David Lebovitz on Free-Form Rustic Tarts is a great resource with fabulous tips and how to pictures.

Strawberry Galette with Vanilla Scented Frangipane
Makes 1 8-9″ tart
(I used double the recipe)
1/2 quantity of this recipe, (or 1 9″ quantity of pastry dough)
About 6-8 large strawberries
Frangipane recipe follows
Vanilla Scented Frangipane
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/3rd cup vanilla sugar
60g butter
1tbsp cream
1 large egg
1/2 a vanilla bean
1/8 cup plain flour
1 tsp milk (or a little beaten egg for pastry)
Vanilla sugar for sprinkling
1 tbsp apricot preserve (I used melted marmalade)

Method:
Frangipane

Preheat the oven to 180C. Spread the almonds evenly on a baking sheet and place them in the oven. Roast them for about 10 minutes, or until slightly toasted and fragrant. Transfer to a plate and let cool to room temperature.
Put the cooled almonds and the sugar into a food processor and process until fine. Add the butter, flour and egg and pulse until well-combined. Scrape the seeds of the vanilla bean and stir through.

Method:
Galette
Preheat the oven to 200C.

Roll out your pastry dough to about 10-inch diameter. Prick a fork though it every inch or so apart, and place the dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
Spread the frangipane on the dough, leaving about 1 inch perimeter around the outer edge of the dough. Slice the strawberries and place them from outside inwards to form concentric circles to cover the frangipane.
Fold the edges in, pinching a little to make sure they stick. Brush the dough with milk (or eggwash) and give it a good shower of vanilla sugar. Bake for about 45-50 minutes, or until the pastry edges are golden brown.
Brush the pastry and top of the galette gently with melted preserve or marmalade as soon as it comes out to give it a good sheen, and seal the moisture in.
♥ Thank you for stopping by ♥
~ HAPPY CNY & HAPPY V DAY ~

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Comments

  1. cookeaze says:

    Cool recipe and will work out for this valentines day…..the childrens is going to be so very happy.

  2. Dragana says:

    Deeba,
    Your blog is always so interesting and colorful. I love the idea of strawberries and frangipane together. And you and your husband – so cute in Bath! Happy V. Day.

  3. All Our Fingers in the Pie says:

    This looks so good!

  4. chocolatecup says:

    ohmmmmyyy! i want some of this like now! it looks soo yummy! never attempted a galette before and i want to! soon!:)

  5. The Cooking Ninja says:

    oh my…you haven't aged one bit at all. It is as if time freeze on Dee. ;) Mr PAB is such a sweetheart. :) Love your galette.

  6. Natashya KitchenPuppies says:

    What a perfect Valentine's tart! Gorgeous and romantic.

  7. Many many happy returns of this wonderful day to you and Mr. PAB!! :)))

    I love galettes, so comforting in their rustic look ! lovely!

  8. The Purple Foodie says:

    Oh gosh you look like a college girl in that photo! Delicious looking tart. and vanilla scented reminds me of the fig tart with vanilla scented frangipane I made a few months ago. Happy V Day to the both of you and cheers to the 20 years of togetherness!

  9. Trissa says:

    Hi Deeba may I say you have got fantastic styling! What a beautiful galette you've made.

  10. Superchef says:

    What a fabulous looking galette that is! Happy V Day :)

  11. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A splendid galette!

    Happy Valentine's Day to you and Mr. PAB!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  12. Bellini Valli says:

    It looks gorgeous, tastes delicious and takes us on a sentimental journey. Happy Valentine's Day Deeba.

  13. I've always wanted to make a galette! They are so sophisticated and simple to make :) I must make that first when I reunite with my dearest oven. love the pics mama, and u and hubbie are gorgeous, truly a beautiful photograph. can i just say the son is like a replica of your hubbie? :D xx

  14. nicole says:

    Oh my. This looks divine!

  15. Oh Deeba that looks divine!!! I have to try to make a galette. I've seen it a couple of times but never actually tasted it. Have a nice Valentine weekend.

  16. What a gorgeous looking dessert and just right for V Day.

  17. Deeva says:

    This looks scrumptious. As if working with strawberries all week at the bakery wasn't bad enough, looking at this makes me want them even more.

  18. Su-yin says:

    Loved this when I saw it on twitter, and I love it even more now! Especially with all the vibrant colours – perfect for both CNY and Valentine's.

    Have yet to try making a galette, this one looks like a good place to start though! :)

  19. Dharm says:

    What a lovely photo of Vin and Dee!! Love the post! Guess my description of the BA Crew from 20 years ago wasnt far wrong!!! Thanks so much for being such a great sport!

  20. Ellie says:

    Lovely Galette. The strawberries are so fresh and tempting!

  21. What a sweet sweet post and photo! What love and how romantic! Thanks for sharing this special part of your life and the very cool picture. The cake is so pretty too and looks delicious but all the love has me shaking at the knees. Happy Valentine's Day!

  22. Happy Cook says:

    Even if i am on a break coudn't resist commenting.
    Wow 20yrs .
    I don't know about Mr Vin but you haven't changed at all, i would have recocgonised you in that pic, thinking it was now.
    Have to comment you got a very handsome hubby.
    I am sure making that gallet when it is strawberry season here.

  23. Barbara says:

    Your recipes always look sensational, and I look forward to trying this one. It's strawberry season where I live and I have a particular weakness for fresh fruit pies and tarts. Many thanks for this post.

  24. Sarah, Maison Cupcake says:

    I do like the sound of free-form cake, I don't think I've ever made a galette but I would definitely give it a go, especially with frangipane, which I love.

    Such a sweet photo! You haven't changed a bit!
    (Bath is definitely in England not Wales though)

  25. LetMeEatCake Eat With Me! says:

    Happy Valentine's Day! That Strawberry Galette looks right up my alley, I love strawberries and I can't wait until they are back in season again. What a lovely picture of your two! Cheers to love!

  26. Junglefrog says:

    How gorgeous does that look Deeba!! wow… I love frangipane too, and I love strawberries although I will have to wait for summer as the ones I can find here right now are terrible in terms of taste. Not sure where they come from but I prefer mine sweet and juicy.
    Gotta find that song by Just Jack… Don't think I know it, but you're making me curious… :)

  27. beautiful galette made from a gorgeous woman. Love those two picture of you and your husband. I can understand why your two kids have that beautiful and gorgeous look.

  28. Terri says:

    I just found your blog through Mactweets. Your pictures are beautiful. I look forward to coming back and looking at what you are cooking up next. Terri

  29. Smita Srivastava says:

    Hi Deeba ,
    First time here .
    Just adore all the recipes n the lovely pics here. Deeply appreciate ur baking skills . The lovely recipes kept me glued to the screen until i finshd browsing all the pages …..
    Keep up the great blog , kudos to ur creativity n aesthetic skills !!!

  30. zurin says:

    Happy valentine Deba! beautiful pic an you havent aged a day! lovely galette!

  31. 5 Star Foodie says:

    Such a beautiful rustic galette! I love the vanilla here!

  32. Vidya says:

    Great recipe. I am gonna try it soon, since it's strawberry time here too. Can't wait to get your recipe for looking the same even after 20 yr and, more importantly, for having such a long and successful inning with Mr. PAB :) Belated happy Valentine's day to both of you.

  33. Kitchen Butterfly says:

    How time goes….♥ this galette. Such beautiful colours!

  34. noble pig says:

    OMG Deeba it's beautiful.

  35. Oh I love this post Deeba (and now I understand the vindee moniker!). Such wonderful photos and congratulaitons on 20 years, here's to many, many more.

    And I love the galette too, expecially that sugary outer coat…yum!

  36. solid wood bedroom furniture says:

    I am going to try this one soon. I like it so much. It sounds so amazing and so delicious.

  37. Helene says:

    What a great couple. I love the pictures of both of you. Congratulations and many more years to come :)

  38. Aparna says:

    So you celebrate an anniversary of sorts every year this time.
    A strawberry galette is definitely the way to go.

  39. Manggy says:

    Happy (meeting) anniversary (Vin)Deeba! And a sweet-looking galette to commemorate too.

  40. MeetaK says:

    cannot wait for strawberry season and you are just teasing me with these delicacies! loving it!

  41. ABowlOfMush says:

    Oh my goodness look at the galette!!

    Looks absolutely gorgeous, I love strawberries!!

  42. Barbara Bakes says:

    Gorgeous berries! I may have just sat down and gobbled those up! But of course, the tart looks over the top delicious! So fun to see your "Us" pictures!

  43. Hanaâ says:

    Deeba, that tart looks amazing. The strawberries are so vibrant, I can almost grab one. And I love love love frangipane. Vanilla-infused?? YUM!!!
    Great picture of the 2 love birds, ha ha. And you my friend, you haven't changed a BIT!
    I hope you had a nice V-day. I made a Double Choc Cake with Raspberry Mousse (eggless, I'll have you know). It was tasty!

  44. Libra1007 says:

    YUMMY! Your pictures are mouthwatering. I have strawberries in my freezer that I picked over the summer and I can not wait to make this recipe.

  45. Yummy!
    I do so love to visit yr site, such beautiful food and pictures!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  46. Peter says:

    WOW! This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing the pics.

  47. shayma says:

    beautiful post, D. itna pyara couple. congrats, mubarik on 20 years, mashallah. the galette is a true beauty- i like how you improvised with strawberries. hugs, shayma

  48. Monika says:

    That galette looks awsome! Lovely post and stunning photos.

  49. Nicisme says:

    Awww, lovely post and now I feel all warm and mushy inside!
    Great galette too!

  50. The Curious Baker says:

    OOH I've always wanted to make a galette and this one looks like it's right up my street. Eagerly awaiting strawberry season!

  51. Divina Pe says:

    That galette is very sexy and look at you, gorgeous before and after 20 years. :)

  52. A beautiful picture of what looks like an amazing tart. I'm especially tickled by the pic of you and Mr.PAB back in the day and now, My oh my – you look EXACTLY the same. 20 years???? Heck no, more like 2!

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