Saturday, October 4, 2008

Fall Pear Galette

The pears were getting ripe, fast. There wasn't much time and we were sick of just eating them. We made 5 batches of pear butter and dried a ton of them, so I chose a few more recipes to use them up. The first one was this simple galette. It used a large mound of pears, a refrigerated crust, and had a crunchy sugar topping. I used the leftover Filling Cream from the Peaches and Cream Cake I made again last week, which is perfect for fruit desserts. This was a simple dessert that didn't take long to throw together and it tasted wonderful, just like fall!

Fall Pear Galette From Cooking Light
Cooking spray
1/2 (15-ounce) package refrigerated pie dough (such as Pillsbury)
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded aged sharp Cheddar cheese
5 ripe Bartlett or D'Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and cut into 1-inch slices
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare galette, line a jelly roll pan with foil, and coat foil with cooking spray. Roll dough into an 11-inch circle; place on baking sheet. Sprinkle crust with cheese, leaving a 1-inch border.
Combine pears, juice, and nutmeg in a large bowl; toss well. Add brown sugar and flour; toss gently. Arrange fruit on dough leaving a 2-inch border. (Pears will be piled high on dough.) Fold edges of dough toward center, pressing gently to seal (dough will only partially cover pears). Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until crust is lightly browned (filling may leak slightly during cooking). Cool galette on a wire rack.
To prepare caramel, heat granulated sugar in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves, stirring as needed to dissolve sugar evenly (about 4 minutes). Cook 1 minute or until golden. Remove from heat. Drizzle over galette.


Matt said...

onvvnCooking Light always amazes me with their ability to lighten up decadent looking desserts like this. This looks perfect for a fall wekend!

Prudy said...

That sounds delicious with the addition of cheese.

CB said...

I didn't know what a galette was until TWD but now I am addicted. Your cooking light version looks delicious! I need to try this soon!

Maria said...

I just made my first galette and I can't wait to make more! This one looks fab!

Jenny said...

Beautiful Mary Ann!
I was just looking at peaches in the grocery store thinking, "what could I make with these?" Now I've got to try this! Have a great weekend!

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks very tasty!

Audrey said...

I remeber your first pear galette several years ago at Christmas dinner. Do you?

Alexa said...

This one looks great, too. I love ending a meal with a fruit galette.