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Pear & Apple Galette

November/December 2013

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In this beautiful pear and apple galette recipe, the juicy fruit tops a layer of moist, spiced ginger crumble. We like to serve this rustic tart with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or lightly sweetened whipped cream for dessert.


Pear & Apple Galette Recipe

Makes: 12 servings

Serving Size: 1 slice

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Total Time:

Equipment: Parchment paper

Ingredients

Pastry Dough

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup white whole-wheat flour (see Tip)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup reduced-fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel)
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons cold low-fat milk

Gingersnap Layer

  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons molasses

Fruit Layer

  • 1 pound firm ripe pears, such as Bartlett or Bosc
  • 1 pound tart apples, such as Granny Smith or Pippin
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt

Garnish & Glaze

  • 1 tablespoon coarse or granulated sugar
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup apple or apricot jelly or fruit spread

Preparation

  1. To prepare pastry dough: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When it starts bubbling, cook, stirring and watching carefully so it doesn’t burn, until golden brown, 2 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a metal bowl and refrigerate until solid again, 25 to 30 minutes.
  2. Combine whole-wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, lemon zest and ½ teaspoon salt in a food processor. Pulse once or twice to mix. Cut the butter and cream cheese into pieces; add and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add oil and pulse until it looks like wet sand. Add milk and pulse until small clumps form.
  3. Transfer the dough to a sheet of parchment paper and press into a ball, then press the ball into a disk about 8 inches wide. Wrap in the parchment and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 1 day before rolling out.
  4. To prepare gingersnap layer: Combine oats, 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup sugar, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pinch of salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse until the mixture looks like fine gravel. Add molasses and pulse briefly. Set aside.
  5. To prepare fruit layer: Peel, quarter and core pears and apples. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Toss in a large bowl with lemon juice, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and pinch of salt.
  6. To roll out pastry: Dust a sheet of parchment paper, and the dough, with flour. Roll the dough out into a 15-inch circle. Go slowly and if it cracks just press the pieces together. Dust with flour as needed and keep the circle as even as you can, but don’t worry about rough edges.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  8. To assemble & bake: Spread the gingersnap mixture over the pastry, leaving a 2-inch border. Arrange overlapping slices of fruit in a concentric circle over the gingersnap layer. Drizzle any syrup left in the bowl over the fruit.
  9. Use the parchment to lift the edges of the pastry and fold loosely over the filling in 2- or 3-inch sections. It may crack as you fold it, but that’s fine. Combine 1 tablespoon sugar with a pinch of nutmeg and sprinkle on top. Transfer the galette, parchment and all, onto a baking sheet. Trim off overhanging parchment.
  10. Bake the galette until the edges are lightly browned, 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Heat jelly (or fruit spread) in a small saucepan, stirring, until it looks like a thin glaze. Brush the glaze over the warm fruit with a pastry brush.
  12. Let cool at least 15 minutes on the baking sheet. Lift parchment and galette onto a platter; slide the parchment out. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate pastry dough for up to 1 day or freeze airtight for up to 3 months; thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes before rolling.
  • Tip: White whole-wheat flour, made from a special variety of white wheat, is light in color and flavor but has the same nutritional properties as regular whole-wheat flour. It is available at large supermarkets and natural-foods stores and online at bobsredmill.com or kingarthurflour.com. Store it in the freezer.

Nutrition

Per serving: 325 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 15 mg cholesterol; 58 g carbohydrates; 21 g added sugars; 5 g protein; 4 g fiber; 188 mg sodium; 202 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Iron (15% daily value)

Carbohydrate Servings: 4

Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1 1/2 fat



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