Cakes, Pies & Tarts, Dessert

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

Nicoletta November 10, 2016

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust: juicy, plump fruit, encased in a crust where the butter, cream cheese and pecans blend beautifully. Perfect dessert for any festive gathering, so pretty and delicious!

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

Family gatherings have had a huge impact in my life. It’s where most of my precious memories lay; Sunday lunches at my nonna, or at some aunt’s house, time spent with my cousins that I’ve always considered my best friends. Times where family and food were intricately connected. Hours spent gathered around a table, eating delicious food, conversing on many different subjects, some more animated than others, laughing, joking around, or being more serious. Usually all happening in the same session, while dishes are being passed around, cutlery playing their tunes, and mouths busy chewing, talking, smiling.

 

 

In each one of those gatherings, that didn’t necessarily happen on festivities or particular celebrations, but every  Sunday, or any other day we had relatives over or were invited over, the usual 5-course meal (antipasto, primo, secondo, contorno, dolce and/or frutta), ended with a delightful dessert. We all made sure of this, me more than anybody, making sure to leave some room for the occasional sweet, often homemade, always so so good. Each of my aunts had a specialty, and we already knew which dessert would grace our tables, like, for example, my dad’s sister Iride and her amazing Pineapple Upside down Cake, the wine Ciambelline from my aunt Teresa (unlike me she would add anice seeds to hers), or everybody’s version of a good Crostata, surely among the most popular Italian dolce.

I like to think that this Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust would be the perfect dessert for any festive gathering, being so delicious and pretty. Pies and Tarts are my favorite desserts to make and, to eat, and although I love the intricate beautiful lattice work that some pies have, I tend to veer towards the more simple crostata or galette. Patience is not among my virtues, you can ask Loreto on that 😉 , so I guess I’m for the rustic, unrefined, no-fuss look.

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan CrustCranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

This Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust has a wonderful filling and a delightful crust. You’ll love the filling made of:

  • cranberries and pears for the fruit,
  • orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg for the spice
  • demerara sugar for the sweetness
  • butter and flour to hold, and blend everything together.

The crust is a tad different, featuring butter, cream cheese and pecans, among the more common flour, sugar, salt, egg and water.

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

The result is a beautifully crusted galette, nice and golden brown, crumbly and rich with the butter and cream cheese accents and a little nutty from the pecans. The cranberries and pears plump and full of natural juiciness. The hits of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon, a refreshing tingling in every mouthful leaving your taste buds dancing on your tongue in delight. The juices from the sugar and fruits thickened, and caramelized giving you a richness and intense delicious flavoring with a  variety of textures, from the crunchy crumbly tender pecan crust to those bursts of silkiness from the fruit and its syrup glistening in every spoonful.

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan CrustCranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

If a celebration is in your schedule, or you just want to dazzle your family and friends, this Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust, will be just the perfect note to end a spectacular dinner with!

As for us, this was our finale to a family homemade Saturday Pizza Night at my in-laws.

Song of the day: “All The Small Things”, by Blink 182.

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 8 -10 persons

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

Ingredients

    For the crust:
  • 1/3 cup pecans
  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 Tbsp demerara sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 5 ounces cold cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp ice water
  • For the filling:
  • 3 ripe pears, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 1 and 1/2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup demerara sugar
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of allspice
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbsp cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Instructions

    Crust:
  1. Position the rack in the bottom third of the oven and preheat to 350° F. Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for about 6 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  2. Pulse the toasted pecans, flour, sugar and salt in a food processor until the nuts are finely chopped. Add the butter, and pulse about 4 times to coat the flour. Pulse in the cream cheese until the dough looks like coarse crumbs. Pulse in the beaten egg and ice water just until the mixture is slightly moist. Do not overwork it.
  3. Turn onto a piece of plastic wrap and pat into a disk.Wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  4. Put parchment paper on a wood surface and place dough on top.. Dust the top of the dough with flour and press and roll out into a 14-inch round. Transfer the dough with the parchment on the baking sheet.
  5. Filling:
  6. Toss the pears, cranberries, sugar, flour, orange zest, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, salt and butter in a large bowl.
  7. Spread the filling over the dough, mounding it slightly in the center and leaving a 2-inch border.
  8. Fold the edge of the dough over the filling, pleating as needed.
  9. Brush the edge with water and sprinkle with sugar.
  10. Bake until the filling is soft and bubbling, and the crust is golden brown, about 1 hour.
  11. Transfer to a rack and let cool completely, at least 4 hours.

Cranberry Pear Galette with Pecan Crust

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16 Comments

  • Reply amallia November 11, 2016 at 12:38 am

    mmm yummy cranberry pear galette 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      It was reeaally good, Amallia! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  • Reply Elaine @ Flavour and Savour November 12, 2016 at 9:12 am

    You rustic galette looks like the crowning glory to a fall or winter meal! Family gatherings are important to me, too. My family always looks forward to what I’ve made for dessert:) Pinning! Love your flavour combination.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 12, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thank you so much Elaine, and yes, it is a nice end to a family meal 🙂 .

  • Reply Charlotte November 12, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Such beautiful photos!

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 12, 2016 at 9:56 am

      Thank you Charlotte!! 🙂

  • Reply Isabelle @ Crumb November 12, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Pear and cranberry is by far and above one of my favourite fall fruit combinations. I love how you’ve paired them with that beautiful pecan pastry… totally the perfect finishing touch, and so elegant to boot! What a lovely way to end a family meal.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 12, 2016 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Isabelle! The flavor combination is indeed fantastic 😉.

  • Reply Teresa November 13, 2016 at 2:04 am

    This is a beautifully seasonal dish, full of so many wonderful fall flavours. I love a rustic galette – I think they can be just as elegant as any fussy tart or cake (though those are fun to make, too). And meals with family and friends are the perfect venue for such a pretty and comforting sweet.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 13, 2016 at 4:54 pm

      Thank you so much Teresa! I love the rustic look of a galette and those flavors were delicious.

  • Reply Sean November 13, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    I’m positive that this is delicious – partly because I know all of these flavours work so beautifully together, but primarily because you guys never fail to put something amazing on the table. Honestly, this makes me realize that I need to use cranberries more often. I love working with them, and I live in the heart of cranberry country, so I think it’s time to get them on the table for more than just sauce! That, and I seriously need to make a galette one of these days.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 13, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      Sean, thank you! It was indeed delicious, the cranberries so juicy and with pears, orange and spices the perfect combination. And it is fairly easy to make, try making a galette! 😉

  • Reply Demeter | Beaming Baker November 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Family gatherings truly are the best, aren’t they? 🙂 It just warmed my heart to read about your family gatherings growing up. The storytelling, the jokes, even the serious moments–they stick with us forever. I absolutely did not doubt for a moment that you’d save room for dessert at these tables. 🙂 Also, that you’d bring something so gorgeous and perfect for that special occasion. This cranberry pear galette is just incredible, Nicoletta. I can’t wait to see what other amazing desserts you create for the holiday season. 🙂

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 14, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      Thanks so much Demeter, family is so important, I know you understand 😉 . And this galette is super delicious!

  • Reply Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs November 16, 2016 at 10:29 am

    So pretty! The really nice thing about gallettes is that they’re easy to make but look so beautiful. This is such a perfect holiday dessert.

    • Nicoletta
      Reply Nicoletta November 16, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Thank you so much Alexandra! I love galettes and their rustic, simple beauty. You’re right it makes the perfect Holiday dessert 🙂 .

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