Sunday, July 4, 2010

Farewell Strawberry Season

One last hurrah before the all-too-short Oregon strawberry season is just a sweet, sticky memory—I baked up these crostatas with what was left of our second half flat of strawberries and a few stalks of rhubarb from the garden.

I can't wait for strawberry season next year…

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crostatas
Printable Recipe

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, shredded
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons, or more, cold water
1 ¾ pounds strawberries, halved
¾ pound rhubarb, sliced
¼ cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon heavy cream
2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar

Combine the flour, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water and pulse until the dough just comes together. Test the dough by squeezing a small amount together with your fingertips. If the dough holds together, it’s ready. If it’s crumbly, add up to 1 more tablespoon of water and pulse 2 more times. Transfer the dough to a work surface, bring together into a ball, and cut into eighths. Form each portion into a ball and then flatten into a disc. Wrap each disc separately in plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425ºF. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each disc of dough to a 7-inch wide, 1/8-inch thick circle. As you work, transfer the circles to parchment-lined baking trays. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes.

Toss together the strawberries, rhubarb, remaining ¾ cup of sugar, and cornstarch in a large bowl. Divide the strawberry mixture among the dough circles, mounding it in the center of each one. Fold the edge of the dough over the fruit, pleating it as you go. Refrigerate for another 10 minutes.

Lightly brush the crostata crusts with the cream and sprinkle the crostatas with the Turbinado sugar. Bake for 23 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Makes 8 individual crostatas. Work quickly and with a light touch to prevent the butter in the pastry from melting. Quarter the strawberries if they are large. Strawberries that aren't perfectly ripe will require additional sugar, so add more to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature. You'll need about 2 pints of strawberries for this recipe.


Aaron John said...

These look beyond good!! Strawberries are sooo good!! I love how these are individual!! You get to have one all for yourself!! haha
Would you mind checking out my blog? :D

Tenina said...

This looks pretty and refreshing. We have heaps of rhubarb right now, so going to give it a go...thanks!

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