Sunday, June 27, 2010
Strawberry and Pineapple Galette
I am not a cake fanatic , I don’t mind eating desert and usually the deserts I do make are things that have been tried and tested and things I really love to eat that I would actually go all the way to make them. When Grapefruit made my sausages and potatoes I decided to give her galette a try , well not exactly the same thing but something like it. I was in a experimenting mood:). I don’t mind fruit deserts, its making cakes and bread that’s really not my thing.
I took the pastry recipe from Martha stewart’s plum galette. I noticed that in galettes you use a jam base and add something crunchy like nuts but since I didn’t have any I crushed some coconut cookies.
Why coconut cookies mainly pineapple and coconut sounds very tropical. I had some left over low sugar strawberry preserve my dad used to eat for breakfast while he was here , so I used that . I think she used marmalade.
For pastry: 1 ½ cups plain flour
½ cup cold butter or margarine, grated
2 ½ tbsps sugar
A pinch of salt
Icey cold water
1. Sift flour and salt into a bowl , add the butter or margarine and mix so it becomes like bread crumbs, add sugar and start to knead and get them to come tog ether, use very little water and don’t over mix( according to most recipes for flakey pastry )
Let it rest in the fridge for about 30 minutes
1-2 tbsps strawberry jam
4 coconut cookies , crushed
175 g fresh pineapple, cut into small pieces ( u can be creative, )
1 tbsp brown sugar
6-8 strawberries, hulled cut into quarters
1 tsp of flour
1. Mix the sugar , pineapple and strawberries together. Stir in the flour. Set aside.
2. Take the pastry out and here is a trick I saw on a cooking show. Roll your dough on a lightly floured piece of aluminium foil or baking paper. Roll to a rough circle , about ½ cm thickness. Take the foil and turn it upside down onto a tray you are going to bake it , greased tray of course. Gently ease the rolled dough on to the tray . Better than breaking it up while trying to transfer it by hand, and I am usually very clumsy when it comes to deserts .
3.Spread 2 tbsps of jam on the middle leaving 1 - 1 ½ inch border clear.
4.Sprinkle with crushed coconut cookies. Then add the pineapple and strawberries on top.
5.Fold the edges in and crimp as you go.
Brush with some egg wash on the pastry and bake in a Preheated oven about 200 degree celcius, that’s about 375 F for about and hour or so , till nice and golden.
Ps , measurements are some what a bit off the mark I think, Pastry was quite crumbly. Best eaten warm maybe with some cream or custard.