I feel I must first tell you that this is a cheater’s Lemon Strawberry Galette. Every now and then (like when I decide to throw an impromptu dinner party) I do a little half-made/homemade trick. I made this recipe up as I needed to make a quick dessert for a dinner party and I didn’t have time to make my own dough. Normally, I’d make galette pastry dough for this, but I ended up using some Tenderflake puff pastry dough that I had on hand. Normally I’d make my own dough, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I’m also learning after many years of being hard on myself, that I should not be averse to having a bit of help sometimes. This time, help came in the form of ready to use pastry!
- 1 package of Tenderflake puff pastry (contains 2 squares of puff pastry)
- 6-8 strawberries, sliced
- LEMON CURD
- ½ cup FRESH lemon juice (not bottled), about 1-2 lemons (depending on size)
- ½ c granulated sugar
- 4 egg yolks
- 6 Tbsp butter, cut into cubes
- 2 tsp freshly grated lemon zest (optional)
- turbinado sugar for sprinkling on pastry
- In a heavy saucepan, whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar and egg yolks.
- Stir in cubed butter and cook over low, whisking frequently until curd thickens. About 6 minutes or until first sign of bubbling. Do not overcook. Set aside.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry. I rolled each square to about ¼ inch thickness and overlapped them. Place onto parchment lined baking sheet.
- Add a generous layer of your lemon curd in the middle, ensuring that you have at least 3 inches overlap.
- Arrange strawberry slices in a circular pattern, layering each row. Fold over pastry making a lip so your filling doesn't fall out of the sides.
- With a basting brush, cover pastry with egg wash and sprinkle turbinado sugar onto pastry.
- In a 400 degree preheated oven, bake for 20 minutes.
Little One asked that I make something with lemon curd for our dinner party, so I came up with the Lemon Strawberry Galette idea.
Like me, Little One is not too keen on overly sweet treats and prefer tart/sour desserts that include citrus. Anything lemon, lime, or orange is our favourite kind of treat! Little One will go for Lemon pudding cake, Lemon Blueberry Sour Cream Cake, or straight up lemon curd before reaching for a chocolate treat.
For the love of all things lemon!
Another odd thing about Little One and me is that we don’t usually eat bread-type products, so oftentimes we eat the filling out of pies and leave the crust behind. This drives my husband crazy, since he absolutely loves pie and all pastry and bread products!
The dessert was a hit. It was a lovely way to finish off our meal with our guests. It was light and refreshing. Little One calls this Lemon Strawberry Galette a “GIANT LEMON DANISH that you can share with your friends”! 🙂