Rustic Pear and Walnut Galette.
An elegant, yet simple addition to your holiday table. This free-form tart is made with store-bought pie crust that’s spread with creamy ricotta and cinnamon, then topped with thinly sliced pears, sweet caramel and chopped walnuts. Then, of course, it’s topped with your favorite vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of caramel.
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What desserts are on your holiday table? Which are your favorites?
For me, most times of the year, I much prefer a chocolate dessert over anything else. But, during the holiday season, I am all about the fruit pies, tarts and galettes. Especially pumpkin, apple and pear desserts. Pear is an often forgotten fruit when it comes to desserts, but it makes for such an extra special sweet treat when remembered. And, pears are rich in fiber, which helps satisfy our hunger and keeps our digestive system running smoothly, so there’s a nutrition bonus to building your holiday dessert around pears.
This Rustic Pear and Walnut Galette is the perfect pairing of sweet pears, creamy ricotta cheese, crunchy walnuts and buttery caramel. It’s a stunning and rustic additional to your holiday table. And, as far as desserts go, it’s so easy to make because you’re using store-bought pie crust. If you prefer to make your own crust, by all means, do it.
This warm and comforting dessert is packed with heart smart walnuts (my favorite nut … you guys know that by now!). The holiday months are the perfect time to use walnuts in baking, because their mild flavor and soft texture make them complement both sweet and savory baked goods. Plus, walnuts pair so nicely with all the fall fruit and spices – pumpkin, apples, pears, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, etc and they add a great crunch to fruity desserts.
DYK? Walnuts are the only nut (and one of few foods – chia seeds, flax seeds included), to provide an excellent source of the plant-based omega-3 ALA. You can feel good about including walnuts in your day-to-day snacks and meals because of their heart and brain health promoting qualities and plant-based protein.
Here’s how to make this Rustic Pear and Walnut Galette:
- For galette:
- • 1 refrigerated pie crust
- • 1 cup part skim ricotta
- • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- • 2 firm medium green Anjou pears, cored and thinly sliced
- • ½ cup caramel topping
- • ½ cup chopped walnuts
- For topping (optional):
- • Vanilla bean ice cream
- • Additional caramel topping
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- Bring pie crust dough to room temperature (about 15 minutes). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unroll pie crust out onto parchment paper.
- Combine ricotta, vanilla extract and cinnamon with a spoon in a small bowl. Spoon mixture on the crust, leaving a border of about 1 ½ inches around the edges (you’ll fold this extra crust over later). Place pear slices a top ricotta, in a circular slightly overlapping pattern, beginning in the center of the crust. No need for perfection here, this is a rustic dessert!
- Drizzle caramel atop pears in a circular pattern.
- Beginning at the top of the pie crust, fold the toppings-free section inward and pinch lightly to crease the pie crust. Continue around the pie until toppings are contained. If pears slices poke out of the crust, gently pinch the pie crust to seal the hole.
- Bake galette for 45 minutes.
- Remove from oven and top with chopped walnuts. Bake another 5-10 minutes or until fruit is tender (but not mushy), crust is lightly browned and walnuts are lightly toasted.
- Remove from oven. Let cool slightly.
- Slice and serve on small dessert plates or in bowls topped with vanilla bean ice cream additional caramel topping, if desired.
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