Strawberry Rhubarb Galette

Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteMy mother is not a baker. If the main ingredients in a recipe are flour, sugar, and butter, she’ll pass or politely ask someone else to make it. That’s why I found it so funny when Shari’s Berries asked me to pass along this Mother’s Day post featuring baking advice from the mothers of popular food bloggers, including Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction and Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker. Their mothers impart some great advice–my favorite is “Don’t be afraid to mess up!” from Yossi Arefi’s mom. That’s great advice for life in general.

Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteWhen I first got into baking, my mom was left scratching her head. She’s a great cook, but baking just frustrates her. How I grew up to be a baker, I don’t know. It’s probably some sort of cosmic middle child joke.

I have seen my mother bake exactly one thing: a classic cherry-pineapple dump cake. Except that my mother, ever a lady, would never serve something called “dump cake.” Instead she takes a tip from her mother, tops it with vanilla ice cream, and calls it “Simply Delicious.” That’s what it is, after all. I guess my mom’s lone piece of baking advice–besides “don’t”–would be that if you don’t like the name of your dessert, change it.

Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb GaletteNo, my mother is not a baker. But when all is said and done, my mom and I, we’re not so different. For one, we’re both caretakers by nature. We express love in acts of service which, incidentally, is also the form in which we receive love. If you mention to my mom that you are struggling with something, she’ll be right there with you, trying to figure it out. If she perceives that you are overwhelmed, she’ll send you flowers or a goofy card. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t occasionally neglect her own needs and make herself crazy because she’s trying to help someone else–that’s something that her mother did before she did and a habit of mine as well. 

Just know that if my mom does you a favor or sends you a gift or calls at 11pm on a Wednesday just because she wants to say hello, it’s because she really values you. And if I make you a pie and put it on the internet for a holiday we can’t even celebrate together, know that it’s because I really value you.

Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb GaletteAnother way my mother and I are alike? We both prefer fruit desserts over chocolate.* When I started planning what I’d make for my Mother’s Day post, I really thought about what my mom would like to eat. Strawberry rhubarb pie quickly came to mind, with a whole wheat crust, because my mom will take extra nutrition anywhere she can get it, even in dessert.

*Know that my little sister is rolling her eyes as she reads this.

Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteInstead of making pie, something that my mom would literally never attempt, I went for a simple, rustic Strawberry Rhubarb Galette. Free-form pies are definitely my mom’s style. There’s no crimping or anything–just lay the rolled dough on a baking sheet, pile the filling in the middle, and gather it all together with your hands. Bake it for 45 minutes and let it cool before serving.

My mom, a self-proclaimed vanilla person, would insist on a scoop of vanilla ice cream to go with her slice of this sweet-tart classic dessert. I would too. My mom and I–we’re more alike than we are different.Strawberry Rhubarb GaletteStrawberry Rhubarb Galette

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you waaaaay more than chocolate. XOXO

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette
makes 1 galette, 8 servings

2 cups fresh strawberries, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 16 ounces)
1 cup fresh rhubarb, trimmed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 1-2 stalks)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pinch of Kosher or sea salt
4 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1/2 recipe Whole Wheat Pie Dough, or other good crust
milk, for brushing
1 tablespoon coarse sugar, for sprinkling (I used turbinado)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
vanilla ice cream, for serving, if desired

Arrange oven racks in the upper and lower positions. Preheat oven to 375F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine strawberries and rhubarb in a large mixing bowl. Add sugar, ginger, nutmeg, salt, cornstarch, and lime juice. Stir together with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon and let sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.

Flour a surface and a rolling pin. Roll pie dough out until it is 1/8-inch thick. Trim scraggly edges, if desired. Transfer to prepared pan. Use a slotted spoon to remove strawberry rhubarb filling from the bowl, leaving behind excess liquid. Mound filling in the middle of the dough, leaving at least 2 inches of excess on all sides. Fold dough over the sides of the filling, to contain it. Brush exposed crust with milk and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Dot exposed filling with butter.

Bake galette on the upper rack for 25 minutes. Tent galette with aluminum foil and move to the lower rack. Bake for 20-25 more minutes. Crust will firm up as the galette cools.

Let galette cool completely in the pan on a rack. Remove to a cutting board. Slice and serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.

Pie will keep covered at room temperature for three days, or in the refrigerator for up to four.

Blackberry Lime Scones

 The calendar may say it’s May, but we New Yorkers are still in coats. After a few glorious warm days, wind and rain have returned with a vengeance. Being from a place where the only seasons are summer and Christmas, I wait all year to be able to wear shorts and sandals and go to picnics in the park. Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to wait another month to spend all my time outside.

But it is starting to feel like summer in one part of New York: my kitchen. The green markets are full of berries and rhubarb, and I just can’t get enough! I can’t wait for sour cherries to hit the stands, but until then, I’m going to eat Blackberry Lime Scones with my black iced coffees and daydream about going the beach. 

These buttery, lime-scented scones are bursting with blackberries. Literally. Each one is studded with sweet, juicy fresh blackberries that burst when you take a bite. <–Yum!

The outsides are golden brown and just the slightest bit crunchy, while the insides are super soft and moist. Oh, and they’re drizzled with an easy lime glaze that brings these already fantastic little breakfast treats over the top! 

 Blackberry Lime Scones can be on your table in under an hour, which means they’re perfect for a casual Mothers’ Day breakfast. The dough takes just ten minutes to come together, and the scones only need to bake for 15 minutes or so. 

Let them cool just a few minutes while you whisk together the lime glaze. Drizzle that over the golden brown tops, and let it set for ten minutes. All that’s left to do is grab your favorite iced coffee and dig in! 

 Blackberry Lime Scones
makes 8 scones

2/3 cup half-and-half + more for brushing, very cold
2 tablespoons honey
zest of 1 lime
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very cold, cut into pieces
6 ounces fresh blackberries

Glaze:
1/2-3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
pinch of Kosher or sea salt
1-2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about one lime)

Preheat oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.

In a liquid measuring cup, stir together half-and-half and honey. Refrigerate to keep cold.

In a small bowl, combine lime zest and sugar. Use clean fingertips to rub the zest into the sugar until combined.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, lime-sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a pastry blender (or two forks) to cut in cold butter until the largest chunks are the size of small peas. Use a silicone spatula or wooden spoon to stir in milk-honey mixture and blackberries until a shaggy dough forms.

Turn dough onto a well-floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick circle. Cut circle in eight wedges. Transfer the wedges to prepared pan, setting them at least 1.5 inches apart. Brush the tops with additional half-and-half. Bake 15-18 minutes, until golden. Let cool ten minutes.

Make the glaze. In a small bowl, combine confectioner’s sugar and salt. Whisk in lime juice until a thin icing forms. Add more confectioner’s sugar or lime juice to alter consistency. Drizzle glaze over warm scones. Glaze will set after ten minutes.

Scones are best the day they are made, but will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 48 hours.