Strawberry Galette

I’ve always wanted to make a pie. It’s been on my “to bake” list for quite some time. The only problem I’ve had is that we’ve had more than our share of boiling summer days here in T.O., which means, I can’t bring myself to bake, as it too hot. Which is unfortunate, because I didn’t start this blog for nothing!

Seeing as there is so much fresh fruit in abundance during these summer days, something has to be done to use them up. And so, the oven is the exact tool I need.

But I digress.

I love my strawberries. I love them even more than when I slice them up, add sugar, and let them sit in a bowl in the fridge for a few hours. But you know what I love, even more than sliced up strawberries?? Sliced up strawberries, wrapped in a pie crust and baked for 35 minutes. E voila! The Galette. (I’m all about the French desserts this summer it would seem.)

What’s also nice about this is that it’s surprisingly easy to whip up.  Or maybe not so surprisingly. I used

 Of course, the day I wanted to bake it was on a hot and humid day, complete with a much needed thunderstorm. In the end, the strawberries won me over because they were perfectly fresh.

I had, what I believe to be, a quart, so I just used all of them, and saved the rest for a second galette.

This the second galette I made. I added the blueberries as a last minute add-in.

And all the while I was baking–both nights, actually–there was a thunderstorm raging. I took these pictures after the thunderstorm on the second night. It’s not often that you see sun lit clouds like this after a storm, and I was so impressed I had to take pictures.


The dessert you can eat for breakfast!

In the end, it was delicious. Now I’m one step closer to moving up to making a pie!

Strawberry Galette

(adapted from A Dash of Zest, who in turn, adapted it from the Comfort of Cooking)

Strawberry Galette
Serves 4-6

1 pie crust, store-bought or homemade
10-15 strawberries, stems removed and sliced
3 tbsp. white sugar
2 tsp. corn starch
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Clean the strawberries, remove the stems and slice them lengthwise. Place the sliced strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle the sugar and cornstarch on top. Gently stir the strawberries until the sugar and cornstarch evenly cover the berries.

Roll out pie crust. Layer the berries overlapping each other inside the pie crust starting one inch from the edge. Fold the edge of the dough over the strawberries. Brush the dough with the beaten egg. Sprinkle all over with 1 tsp. sugar. Bake for 35-40 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Serve with homemade whipped cream.

Enjoy!

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10 Things I’m loving this July

July! The time of month to celebrate the births of nations, have BBQs, and enjoy the sun–but only just so long as there’s sun screen around, and so long as the temp stays around 30 or lower. This week we haven’t had much luck in cooler weather (we’re in a heat wave, in fact), so while my time outdoors is limited to walking the dog very briefly, and swimming, I can think of creative things to blog about when I’m not baking–literally and physically.

These are my top ten things I’m loving this month:

  • Iced Coffee. I just started making this recently, and it appears to have become the next best thing to Tim Horton’s kind. Next up: homemade iced cappuccinos.
  • The Virgin Cure, by Amy McKay. Last summer I was reading her first novel, The Birth House,  which was nothing short of amazing. Her newest novel is just as intriguing to read, about a young girl finding her way in 1870s New York. Her use of detail and description of characters make it so vivid and appealing–I want to be able to write like her!
  •  Swimming. In a heat wave like this, it is a blessing. Or maybe water is, in general.

  • Summer fruits. Peaches, plums, strawberries, blueberries… You name it, I bake it.

  • Brightly coloured toenails in this very colour. (There’s the girl in me coming out.)

  • So You Think You can Dance-I love watching the dance numbers! This season looks to be very promising. I’m particularly rooting for this gal right here, because she’s the bee’s knees.

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  • Scotland. I have yet to see the movie Brave, but I hear the scenery in the movie is brilliant. I’d love to visit there one day, but in the mean time I will have to settle for looking at pictures.
Michael Shanks, left to right, Erica Durance & Daniel Gilliesstar in "Saving Hope."
  • The new Canadian-made series, Saving Hope. I told myself I wouldn’t get sucked into a hospital drama; but here I am, every Thursday night, watching the events unfold as a just-about-to-get-married man watches everything that goes on in the hospital, while he is in a coma. (His fiancee also works as a doctor there, and is trying to get through this, with the hope he’ll come out of it.) I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is very intriguing! (Not to mention there’s some good eye-candy.)
Actress Sophia Loren (b. 1934), date unknown.
Sophia Loren
  • Historiful. One of my favourite tumblr sites to visit. I love looking at rare pictures of old Hollywood idols I’d never knew existed. I could spend all day looking through it!

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