Delightful Indulgence ~ Personal Pear Gallettes

Galettes are my favourite patisserie recipe to make during autumn.  When the leaves begin to change and there is a crisp feeling in the air, I warm up the oven and begin baking these seasonal desserts. 
I recently stumbled upon this recipe when I had some Harry & David pears that needed to be eaten quickly.

Personal Pear Galettes
Pastry crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, sliced into tablespoon-sized pieces, softened to room temperature
7 tablespoons of iced water (ice removed)
Pear filling 
4-5 pears, peeled, cored, and sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 tablespoons of sugar (1 tablespoon or 3 teaspoons for each galette)
  1. First prepare the dough. Combine the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor (you can also do all of this with your hands if you don’t have a food processor).
  2. Add the softened butter and pulse until the largest pieces are about the size of a pea.One tablespoon at a time, dribble in the iced water, pulsing until the dough holds together when pinched with your fingers.
  3. Roll the dough into a ball and flatten into a disc. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  5. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. One at a time, roll out the dough with a bit of flour on a piece of wax or parchment paper, until it’s about 8-10 inches in diameter. Place each rolled-out disc of dough on a parchment-lined (or lightly greased) baking sheet.
  6. Overlap the pears on each rolled-out disc of dough, leaving a 2 inch ring around the outside. Fold the dough on the edges back over the pears, crimping the edges.
  7. Brush the dough and pears with the melted butter. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar each over the dough edge. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar over the pears on each galette.
  8. Bake until the pastry crust has turned to a dark golden brown, about 30-35 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through.  Makes 6 personal pear galettes, or 2 larger galettes
These galettes are incredible and a perfect ending to an autumn menu!  Next, I plan to make them with apples.  What are you baking this time of year?
xoxo, B
recipe via here.
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