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Martha Stewart’s Strawberry Galette with Basil Scented Cream

         It’s full-on strawberry season on Long Island and Andrew’s taken another opportunity to wow us with this exquisite galette from Martha Stewart. The flavor and texture of this wonderfully flaky pastry covered in just-picked berries is irresistible.  But the ambrosial whipped cream topping–scented with fresh basil–elevates this dessert to perfection.  And you don’t even need a pie pan to create this free-form tart!  But before we bake, some really fascinating facts–and fiction—about strawberries.

         The strawberry is the only fruit that has seeds on the outside instead of the inside.  The strawberry is actually a member of the Rose family botanically without the thorns and with a lot more to recommend it nutritionally.  Just eight strawberries give you more Vitamin C than that well-known provider of C, the orange.  And strawberries are rich in folic acid, fiber, potassium and anti-oxidants.  The icing on the cake?  No cholesterol, no saturated fats and just 50 calories a serving. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of the butter-laden pastry in this galette! 
Venus and Adonis as painted by
         Now for the fiction: The Roman goddess of beauty, Venus fell madly in love with the beautiful Adonis.  Unfortunately, this unleashed the wrath of Mars, the god of war.  Never a good person to arouse in anger, Mars is said to have transformed himself into a boar and fatally attacked Adonis.  Venus, rushing to Adonis’ side, was so distraught that her tears merged with the blood of her dying lover.  Together blood and tears dropped to the earth and turned into the heart-shaped strawberry.  That’s likely how another legend grew. It’s said that if you find a double strawberry, split it in half and give it to the object of your affection, you will immediately fall in love with each other.  So if you’re over match.com, why not head to the market and pick up a couple of boxes and share them with someone.  If they don’t have the desired love effect, at least you’ll be left with strawberries to make this wonderful galette. Here is the recipe:

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