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For the filling you will need pears, lemon juice, lemon zest, granulated sugar, cinnamon and butter.
(Adapted from a recipe on Epicurious.com)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling and dusting
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
5 tablespoons butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes and frozen
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons cultured full-fat buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 large egg white
3 tablespoons confectionsers’ sugar
3 tablespoons finely ground almonds
2 teaspoons melted butter, slightly cooled
1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 firm, ripe Bosc pears
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 sheets parchment paper
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons butter, cut into small bits
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
For the pastry add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a food processor for 30 seconds to combine. Add the frozen butter and pulse until the size of small peas. Do not over mix. Add the buttermilk and almond extract and pulse just until the dough holds together when pinched. Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper, lightly dusted with flour. Refrigerate 1 hour.
For the cream whisk the egg white with the confectioners sugar until frothy. Add the ground almonds, melted and cooled butter and the almond extract. Whisk until blended and refrigerate until needed.
For the filling peel and core the pears. Cut into 1/4 inch slices and toss in a bowl with the lemon juice and lemon zest. Set aside.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly dust a sheet of parchment paper with flour and place the dough on top. Sprinkle lightly with flour and top with another sheet of parchment paper. Roll out the dough to a 12 inch circle. Peel off the top layer of paper and invert the dough onto a baking sheet lined with a third piece of parchment. Spread the cream mixture over the dough leaving a one inch border. Arrange the pear slices in concentric circles over the cream. Blend the cinnamon and sugar together and sprinkle on top of the pears. Fold the edges of the dough over the pears. Crimp edges if needed to seal. Sprinkle small bits of butter over the filling. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until pears are tender and the crust is lightly browned. Remove the Galette from the oven and preheat the broiler. Cover the crust with foil and glaze the pears about 6 inches from the heat for about 1 minute or until the pears are golden brown. Cool on the baking sheet 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and cut into wedges to serve.
I really loved this recipe but I am the kind of person that adores pears and almond flavor. It really spoke to me and was not at all heavy or overly sweet. This is an elegant tart-like dessert and could be served with ice cream on the side.
On another note, it’s 2-days past my daughter’s due date to have her baby. She goes back to the doctor today and they’ll schedule a time/date to induce. Maybe she’ll go into labor soon and be able to skip that step! We don’t get far from the phone these days. We also have a hard time planning anything not knowing if we’ll need to head over the hospital to meet our grandson. As a mother I’m most worried about my daughter, my baby. I pray she has an easy time and a wonderful experience.
Such a great and wondrous miracle!
I’ll be sure to post photos soon. Have a lovely week and thanks so much for stopping by!