breton strawberry shortcake

I have a love-hate relationship with German Sundays.

FFwD464 003On the one hand, I love the fact that all of the shops are closed and one is rather forced to take the day off and relax. Seriously, you couldn’t run errands even if you wanted to because pretty much everything is closed except for restaurants and gas stations. It’s actually very relaxing.

On the other hand, I hate the fact that ALL the shops are closed and you can’t run even a  basic errand. If, say, just as a random example, you messed up the lemon curd for this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, and wanted to buy more lemons and eggs to try the recipe again, well, you’re out of luck.

FFwD464 009So, yeah, I might have messed up the lemon curd for Dorie’s Sable Breton Galette with Berries. To try to explain that in english, it’s a big old chewy butter cookie/cake thing, topped with lemon curd and berries. Doesn’t that sound delicious! Not entirely sure what went wrong with my curd, but it just wouldn’t thicken up and ended up more like lemon syrup than curd. Tasty, but not really suitable for spreading.

But I had found real Breton butter and wasn’t about to give up on this one without a fight. Luckily I had some cream kicking around in the fridge and decided to use that instead. The only problem was, once I added the cream and took my first bite, all I could think was, it’s strawberry shortcake. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with that!

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Seriously, this was delicious. I loved the cookie/cake thing. It was good enough to eat all by itself. With the cream and berries, it was heavenly. I just need to give that lemon curd another try.

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15 Responses to breton strawberry shortcake

  1. Cher says:

    Mmmmm. Strawberry shortcake 🙂 It does look really good.
    I do most of my errands on Sundays, so having everything closed would definitely be a lifestyle shake-up.

  2. Ei says:

    Strawberry shortcake is my favorite, so you wouldn’t hear any complaints out of me! It took me a while to realize that everything in Naples is closed on Sunday. I don’t like it. I’m an American, dammit! All my needs must be met at the exact moment that I demand! haha.

  3. Wow yours rose beautifully.
    I have a supermarket near me that’s open 24/7. Even on Xmas day. Kinda nice. But I do agree with you that having no shops open on Sunday is pretty relaxing as well.

  4. Patty says:

    Love this galette base as a shortcake! Sometimes really good things come out of a little experimentation! Enjoy your weekend 😉

  5. I’m sure this sable dough made a great base for your shortcakes! I’ll have to give that a try. We love strawberry shortcake. Have a great weekend, Rose!

  6. YUM! I think my family would have enjoyed your version even more than the original!

  7. Susan says:

    I understand your frustration, but am positive that I would have loved your version, too!

  8. betsy says:

    A good cook can always make the most of a mistake, and it looks like you did that marvelously. I saw your comment on the P&Q and was nervous when I made the lemon curd, but mine was thick after just a few minutes. Try again, but not on a Sunday! Nice job.

  9. I can see your love hate relationship with German Sundays but it is so civilized to really give everyone a day off. My favorite part of this dessert is the cookie. I love your strawberries and cream but I could just eat the giant cookie you made.

  10. I like that idea: leaving the galette plain and just topping it once it’s sliced!

  11. triciaandnana says:

    Funny how you mention the Sunday deal, as Nana and I have spent the last two days trying to figure out if/how we would try to get into Paris on our last Sunday in France….but fighting against the fact that nothing will actually be open. In the states it seems that nothing is ever closed anymore- so we are in for a culture shock 🙂 Now your galette- lovely !! I adored Nana’s results and ate far too many of them. I look forward to making this myself in the future and playing around with lemon curd, which I adore but have not made myself. Yet 🙂 Tricia

  12. Breton butter. Nuff said. I hear you on the love/hate relationship with Sundays in Europe!

  13. Karen says:

    Yes, it is nice to be able to pop out to the store when you forget an ingredient or need to start over! I am glad you salvaged the dessert and enjoyed it anyway.

  14. teaandscones says:

    This was such a tasty, and simple, dessert. I used whipped cream and curd and it was perfect!! (and less like strawberry shortcake)

  15. Cakelaw says:

    Nope, nothing wrong with strawberry shortcake – this looks great.

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