May 01, 2011

Rustic Peach and Pear Fruit Galette

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Sunday is my absolute favorite day of the week. No plans, no errands, no rushing around or work to do… just a whole day to rejuvenate, reflect on the week and relax with good company. My family has always been good for nice relaxing get-together’s, whether there is 5 or 15 of us we always can kick back and have a few laughs. We’re not exactly the formally type of family. Most conversations start with some form of bathroom talk or embarrassing moments that we HAVE to share with everyone otherwise it’s just not half as funny.

This Sunday we all got together at my mother’s house, Paul and I, my brother Bill and his fiancé Krista, my mother, her boyfriend Bob, Bob’s daughter Kelcie and Kelcie’s daughter Taylor… did you follow all of that? Anyways, the plan was to watch a little basketball have some laughs and eat a lot of food. We made my Taco Salad to snack on while watching the game and everyone huddled around the center coffee table to be the fast hand at getting the most dip for your chip. Mom was making dinner tonight and I was in charge of making dessert and we planned on not cooking anything ahead of time so that we could all prepare and cook together at mom’s… little family fun.

Hitting the heart of spring-time, even though the weather has really been a drag the past couple of weeks, I wanted to make dessert as festive as I possibly could to put us all in the spirit of spring. When I went to the grocery store they surprisingly had peaches out which I wasn’t expecting till the weather warmed up a bit so I was ecstatic and jumped all over them. I am a complete Rustic Girl down to my core and even though I was born and raised in Connecticut, I have a very warm heart towards southern-style. As an avid magazine subscriber, Southern Living is of course a given, I wanted to make a southern style rustic tart all thrown together messily to set the mood for spring-time with just a dollop of vanilla ice cream.

This galette was delicious. The warm texture of the fruits, raw sugars and the cool ice cream made for the sweetest bite and slapped a smile right on your face. Fresh and homemade desserts are made with love that you can taste. We were a full and happy bunch that night.

Rustic Peach and Pear Fruit Galette
Recipe and photos by A Healthy Jalapeno

For the Dough:

6-3/4 oz. (1-1/2 cups) unbleached all-purpose flour
2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. table salt
5-1/2 oz. (11 Tbs.) cold, unsalted butter
1 large egg yolk
3 Tbs. whole milk

For the Filling 
1 lb. peaches, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 2 cups)
3/4 lb. pears, and cut into 1/2-inch slices (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup light muscovado sugar or light brown sugar
2 Tbs. unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of table salt
1 large egg, beaten
2 Tbs. demerara sugar

blackberries for center decoration (optional)

Make the Dough. See My To-Go Pastry Dough

In a medium bowl, toss the peaches and pears with the muscovado sugar, flour, cinnamon, and salt.

Lightly flour a large work surface and roll out the dough to a 12- to 13-inch round. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Arrange the fruit in the center of the dough, leaving about 1-1/2 inches of space around the perimeter of the dough empty. 

Fold the outside edge of the dough over the fruit, making occasional pleats. Brush the crust with the egg. Sprinkle the demerara sugar evenly over the dough and fruit.

Bake the galette until the crust turns a light brown and the filling bubbles, about 50 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes then cut into wedges and serve warm.
Serve with: Vanilla Bean Ice Cream


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