Welcome Spring with A Rhubarb Galette

March 22, 2021

A rhubarb galette to welcome spring? Why not. A galette is a free form open pie that can be savory or sweet and contain anything from spinach and eggs to mixed berries. When rhubarb is in season, it is my go to ingredient for this sweet confection that is perfect to welcome spring. Choose red stem rhubarb instead of green for the look and taste of this galette. Look for varieties labeled Canada Red, Crimson Cherry, MacDonald or Valentine.

Rhubarb Galette
Serves 6 to 8

2-14 cups unbleached all purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 ½ sticks cold, unsalted butter, in bits
4 tablespoons cold buttermilk
Ice water as needed

4 cups chopped red stem rhubarb
Juice one lemon
1 cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons cornstarch

Egg wash
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon milk

Combine flour, salt, sugar and baking soda in a bowl or food processor and mix to blend. Add butter and pulse in or use a fork to break butter up into pea size pieces. Add buttermilk and pulse or blend in. Add enough ice water a little at a time until a ball of dough forms. Gather up dough and form into a disk; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

Meanwhile in a saucepan combine the filling ingredient and cook slowly over medium heat until the rhubarb softens and thickens. Cool to room temperature. The filling can be made a day or two ahead.

When ready to bake; preheat oven to 400F

Unwrap dough and place between two sheets of parchment paper. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 14 inch circle. Remove top sheet of parchment paper and place the dough with the bottom parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Spread the rhubarb filling to within 2 inches of the edges of the dough. Use your hands to overlap and bring the dough edges over the filling toward the middle but not covering the filling.

Brush the dough with the egg wash. Or drizzle with confectioners icing and sliced almonds

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the dough is nicely browned and the filling is bubbly.

Cool to warm. Cut into wedges to serve.

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