Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Rose Galette in Cream Cheese Crust

Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Rose Galette in Cream Cheese Crust

This galette was one of those last-minute, improvised bakes that happily turned out quite delicious. And yes, I know I’ve been posting an enormous number of rhubarb-filled recipes, but, what can I say? I’m obsessed.

strawberry rhubarb rose galette

The first time I baked this, my crust was not especially neat, and there was a major strawberry-rhubarb-juice explosion in the oven. It was a happy disaster, though. Anxious not to lose all that sticky sweet liquid, I just went in with and spooned the bubbled-over liquid back onto the galette filling, which created something of a glaze. The second time I made the galette, I was neater with the crust. I also cut down the sugar a bit and used slightly less fruit in the filling. That meant less of a strawberry-rhubarb explosion, but there were still some bubbled over juices to be spooned back on top. The picture above is from the second bake. Here’s the original:

strawberry rhubarb rose galette

The galette crust is loosely adapted from Yossy Arefi, at Apt. 2 Baking Co. The rose-flavored filling–genius!–is also inspired by a recipe by Yossy Arefi, as adapted by Alanna Taylor-Tobin at The Bojon Gourmet.

Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Rose Galette in Cream Cheese Crust

A simple and rustic fruit galette. The filling is adapted from Yossy Arefi's Sweeter Off the Vine, via Alanna Taylor-Tobin of The Bojon Gourmet. The crust is loosely adapted from Yossy Arefi's recipe on Apt. 2 Baking Co.

Course Dessert
Keyword galette, rhubarb, strawberry, strawberry-rhubarb, strawberry-rhubarb galette


For the crust:

  • 125 g all-purpose flour
  • 3 oz (84 g) full-fat cream cheese cold, cut into chunks
  • 3 oz (84 g) unsalted butter cold, cut into chunks
  • small pinch salt
  • large pinch sugar
  • 1 oz (28 g) full-fat sour cream

For the filling:

  • 12 oz (336 g) rhubarb chopped into 3/4 inch pieces
  • 12 oz (336 g) fresh strawberries trimmed; halved if small, sliced if large
  • 130-150 g sugar (use the larger amount for a sweeter, stickier filling)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • pinch salt

To finish:

  • 1 egg beaten
  • turbinado sugar


Make the pastry for the crust:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk the flour with the salt and sugar.

  2. Add the cold butter and cream cheese chunks, and cut them in with a pastry blender until the size of small peas. Add the sour cream, and continue blending the mixture with the pastry blender until it just starts to clump together. Then, using your fingers and working quickly, gather the dough into one mass and transfer to a piece of plastic wrap.

  3. Using the sides of the plastic wrap to help you (and to avoid warming the dough with your hands), press the mass of dough into a rough disk. Fold the plastic wrap around the dough and transfer the package to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.

Assemble the galette:

  1. Place an upside-down baking sheet (or a pizza stone) on a rack in the lower third of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

  2. Remove the chilled dough disk from the refrigerator and turn it out onto a large sheet of parchment paper (floured lightly if you wish). Cover the disk with another large sheet of parchment, then roll out the dough between the sheets of parchment until you have a round about 1/8 inch thick.

  3. Transfer the rolled out crust, still between the sheets of parchment, to a baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator to chill while you mix the filling.

  4. In a small or medium bowl, mix together the sugar, salt, and cornstarch.

  5. Place the chopped rhubarb and trimmed, sliced strawberries in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and rose water. Add the sugar mixture and gently toss to combine.

  6. Remove the baking pan with the rolled out pastry dough from the fridge, and carefully peel off the top sheet of parchment.

  7. Quickly mound the fruit filling in the middle of the dough, leaving at least a 2-inch border around the edges. Fold the edges of the dough in and over the filling, pleating the crust to form a neat shape.

  8. Brush the crust with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with turbinado sugar.

  9. Place the baking pan with the galette in the oven, on top of the preheated pan or pizza stone.

  10. Bake for 30-35 minutes, then check: the galette will hopefully by now be bubbling and possibly oozing lovely sticky strawberry-rhubarb juices. If the juices are bubbling out of the crust–all the better! Open the oven, and carefully spoon some or all of the bubbled-over liquid back on top of the galette filling. (This will form a lovely glaze.) Close the oven, reduce the heat to 400 F, and continue baking for about 15 minutes longer, checking every few minutes to see if more juices have bubbled out. If they have, just go back in and spoon them on top of the filling. When the crust has turned a golden, burnished brown, remove the galette from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

As with all pie crusts, the key to the pastry here is to keep your ingredients cold, cold, cold. Sometimes I actually pop the whole bowl and pastry blender in the freezer for a minute after cutting in the butter and cream cheese, before adding the (cold) sour cream.

I’ve given a range for the amount of sugar because there are virtues to both a super-sticky, bubblingly sweet filling, and a tart, somewhat more staid, affair. Feel free to adjust to taste.


strawberry rhubarb rose galette
strawberry rhubarb rose galette

6 thoughts on “Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Rose Galette in Cream Cheese Crust”

    • I want to make this desert but need flour measurements in cups and I don’t use cornstarch what could I use instead also can I use food processor thank you

      • Hi Victoria,
        I have found that measuring ingredients by weight is much more accurate, and so I rarely use volume measurements now. You can look online for some guides to converting weight to volume measurements, though you may have to experiment a bit–the weight of a cup of flour, for instance, can vary greatly depending on how densely or lightly it is scooped. For the thickening agent, tapioca starch is a good substitute. You can use a food processor, but you’ll want to be very cautious in pulsing the ingredients, so as not to break down the butter too much. Good luck!

  • Wow that was odd. I just wrote an very long comment
    but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up.

    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say fantastic blog!

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