By Rose Fooks
Make the most of unique vibrant rhubarb in the rhubarb galette. We add beetroot to make sure our rhubarb stays beautifullypink,and it also amplifies the earthy flavour.
Galettes can be a number of things in French cuisine. It’s usually used for a dish with a pastry, cake or pancake base that is then folded up a little – almost making it look like a roughly made tart. We’ve used the technique here to make a gluten-free delicious rhubarb galette. The rhubarb gives a vibrant pink topping to the flaky, buttery pastry base. Using beetroot to cook the rhubarb in, helps the colour to remain and also boosts the flavour of the topping.
- 280g pack gluten-free puff pastry
- 400g forced rhubarb, cut into 13cm long pieces
- 2tsp beetroot juice concentrate
- 2tbsp ginger syrup
- 30g caster sugar
- Crème fraîche, to serve
For the frangipane:
- 60g toasted flaked almonds, plus extra to serve
- 30g butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1tbsp ginger syrup
- 15g caster sugar
- Heat the oven to 200C/Gas 6 and take the pastry out of the fridge.
- For the frangipane, blitz the almonds in a food processor, add the butter and blitz again. Once smooth add the egg, syrup and sugar; blitz to combine.
- Unroll the pastry onto parchment, and put onto a baking tray. Pour the frangipane over the pastry leaving a 2.5cm (1in) border on each side. Fold the pastry edges over and bake for 10 mins.
- Meanwhile, put the rhubarb into a roasting tray with the beetroot juice, ginger syrup and sugar; cover with foil.
- When the pastry has cooked for 10 mins, put the rhubarb tray in oven and cook both for 12 mins more. The rhubarb will have a slight squidge when ready.
- Remove the pastry from the oven. If it has puffed up, pierce with a knife so steam can escape, and press down.
- Place the rhubarb on the pastry, brush with beetroot syrup, scatter almonds if preferred, and serve with crème fraîche.
Top Tip for making Rhubarb galette
If you don’t need this to be gluten free you can use regular puff pastry here.
Rose Fooks, Deputy Food Editor at Future plc, creates recipes, reviews products and writes food features for a range of lifestyle and homes titles including Goodto, Style at Home and woman&home. Since joining Future, Rose has had the pleasure of interviewing cookery royalty, Mary Berry, enjoyed the challenge of creating a home-based, lockdown baking shoot for woman&home, and had her work published in a range of online and print publications, including Feel Good Food.
Rose completed a degree in Art at Goldsmiths University and settled into a career in technology before deciding to take a plunge into the restaurant industry back in 2015. The realisation that cookery combined her two passions - creativity and love of food - inspired the move. Beginning as a commis chef at The Delaunay, Rose then worked at Zedel and went on to become a key member of the team that opened Islington’s popular Bellanger restaurant.
In order to hone her patissier skills, Rose joined the Diplome de Patisserie and Culinary Management course at Le Cordon Bleu. Rose ran a food market in Islington championing local producers and cooked for a catering company that used only surplus food to supply events, before finding her way into publishing and food styling.
Other than cooking, writing and eating, Rose spends her time developing her photography skills, strolling around her neighbourhood with her small, feisty dog Mimi, and planning the renovation of a dilapidated 17th-century property in the South West of France.
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