Who doesn’t like pie? Sweet delicious fruit encased in a buttery crust, yum! Pies can be a little daunting and take a bit of finesse to make. Ironically, the French counterpart to this American classic is an easy rustic alternative. One might call such a thing a galettte. Today we’re going to make an Apple-Pear Galette in honor of Pi Day (though Tau is better, my math nerd friends, anyone? lol). Let’s do it!
- 1 C All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 t Salt
- 1/4 t Granulated Sugar
- 6 T Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into small cubes
- 3 T Cold Water
- 1 Lb Pears, cut into thin slices
- 1/2 Lb Apples, cut into thin slices
- 1 T Lemon Juice
- 4 T Sugar
- 3 t Flour
- 1/4 t Ground Black Pepper (opt.)
- 1-2 T Butter, cut into small pieces
- Brown Sugar, to garnish
- Water, for brushing dough
- Sift the flour, salt and sugar into a food processor. Add the cold butter and blitz until the butter pieces are about pea-sized.
- Turn your processor on low and immediately stream your cold water in and then turn it off.
- The dough should be coming together now – blitz and/or add flour/water accordingly.
- Pat the dough into a ball and wrap with cling/Saran wrap and squish into a disc. Refrigerate for 1 hour or at least 30 minutes.
- For the filling, mix the 4 T of sugar with the flour (and pepper if you want a nice spiced note – it’s better than you might think!).
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (Fahrenheit).
- Unwrap your dough and lay it on a lightly floured surface and rot it out with a rolling pin (until about 14 inches in diameter).
- Place the dough on a Silpat or parchment paper and use a an 8 inch pan to make a light indentation to mark our inside of our galette (or just guesstimate).
- Sprinkle half of your sugar mixture inside that circle.
- Arrange the pears in a spiral-like patter (or whatever), alternating with apples every couple.
- Sprinkle the remaining sugar mixture over the top.
- Place chunks of butter in crevices sporadically on the top.
- Fold the dough up to contain the fruit in whatever patter suits you.
- Brush the outside with water and sprinkle brown sugar over it and on the top if you wish.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until crust is golden and fruit is soft.
Here’s mine 😀