Growing Strawberries and a Lovely Galette...
I whipped up a fast little galette to celebrate the arrival of the strawberries. It is easy! If you have fresh berries, it is a great way to enjoy the flavors.
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 cups fresh farm grown strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp cornstarch
2 sprigs thyme
1 tsp lemon zest
1 egg yolk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp powdered sugar
On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry to just larger than your tart pan, so that when you place the pastry in the pan it will go up the edges nicely. If it is just a bit large, fold the edges so that they are even with the top of your tart pan. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap pressed directly on the pastry, place pie weights or beans in the pan on top of the plastic wrap. Freeze for 30 minutes (this helps the puff pastry to retain it's shape when baking).
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
In a small bowl, mix sliced strawberries, sugar, cornstarch, thyme, and lemon zest. Toss with your hands, set aside.
Remove the pastry from the freezer, remove weights or beans. With a fork, make little holes on the bottom of the pastry. Place strawberry mixture in the tart, you can arrange it nicely or randomly toss it all in - it tastes delicious either way!
Mix egg yolk with a teaspoon of water to make an egg wash, brush the edges of the pastry with the egg wash. Place the tart in the oven and bake for approximately 35 minutes, until the edges are brown. There will still be a little strawberry juice in the galette, trust me, it's okay!!!
Whip together the cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. After the galette has cooled, top with whipped cream and serve.