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
Galette:
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
Caramel:
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.

8 comments:

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!
/Clara

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...

YUMMY!
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.