When the Fall season arrives, I realize how much I love pears. They are sweet and delicious, and I love baking with them. This galette has pears, figs (or you could use fig jam) and a creamy base of mascarpone cheese. For a little more tang use cream cheese. The sweet pears, with the jammy figs and creamy cheese with the added ginger spice and a dash of Cardamone makes every bite special. This is a light scrumptious dessert to make for after dinner or even brunch.
6-8 Tbsp Ice Cold Water, add more or less, depending on how the flour comes together
6 oz Mascarpone Cheese
1 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 – 1 tsp Thyme
3-4 Pears, thinly sliced
4-6 Figs, peeled and sliced
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1/2 tsp Cardamone
1/2 tsp Ginger
1 Tbsp Lemon juice and Zest
1 1/2 Tbsp Flour
1 Egg and Water for Egg Wash
Optional: Garnish with toasted sliced almonds
Preheat oven 375 degrees
In a bowl add flour, salt and sugar and whisk together. In a bowl add the butter and either use a pastry cutter or food processor to mix until the mixture looks like rough sand. Add the water by a couple of tablespoons of water at a time until the flour comes together to form a ball. On a flour dusted counter roll out the flour to a small disk and put in the refrigerator.
Peel and slice the pears and place in a large bowl. Add the lemon juice and zest. Gently stir. Add in the Cardamone and ginger, flour and maple syrup. Set aside. Peel the figs and cut in half and then quarter if large, if not just slice in half. Set aside.
Remove the dough from the fridge. Roll out dough to about 1/2 – 1/4 inch thick. Don’t worry if the dough isn’t a perfect circle, this is a galette. It doesn’t have to be.
In a small bowl add the mascarpone cheese, sugar and thyme. Mix together. Spread the mascarpone cheese mixture on the dough, leaving about several inches from the edge. Layer the pears, in a circular format, on top of the cheese. Layer the figs among the pear slices. Fold the edge of the dough over on top the pears and figs. Pinching the dough together where needed. The center will be wide open.
In a small bowl whisk the egg and water together. Brush the egg wash on the crust and sprinkle it with sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool and serve alone or with ice-cream or whip cream.
Enjoy … gathering around the table with family and friends.
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