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Pear Almond Galette

Delicate poached pears ensconced in an almond paste combine to make a most elegant dessert. You won’t believe how easy it is to create this sweet confection.



  1. In a large sauté pan, combine sliced pears, 1/3 - 2/3 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness of the pears), and the scraped vanilla bean and pod. Cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes until the pears soften and their juices begin to run.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the remaining 2 Tbsp of sugar and the pectin. Add the pectin mixture to the pears and cook 5-10 minutes, until thickened and bubbling.
  3. Remove the vanilla pod and set pears aside to cool.
  4. To form galettes, roll prepared Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pie Crust between two sheets of parchment or heavy-duty plastic wrap to 1/8-inch thickness and cut eight 8 '-inch rounds (reroll the dough as necessary). Carefully transfer one round to a parchment lined baking sheet. Assemble each galette individually on the baking sheet.
  5. Press 1 Tbsp (about 24g) of almond paste into a 3-inch circle in the center of one dough round. Fan out about ¼ cup of the pear slices in a decorative pattern on top of the almond paste, leaving a 1-inch border of dough. Carefully fold the edges of the dough over the filling in small sections, overlapping the edges as you go. Leave about 2 inches of filling exposed in the center of the galette. Try not to move the formed galettes (they will be very delicate.)
  6. When all galettes are assembled, transfer the baking sheet to the freezer and keep there for at least 1 hour.
  7. To bake the galettes, preheat the oven to 400°F. Thoroughly whisk together 1 egg and 1 Tbsp water. Brush each frozen galette with egg solution and sprinkle with evaporated cane sugar or turbinado sugar.
  8. Bake galettes for 25-30 minutes, until the crust is golden and the filling is bubbling. Let cool 5 minutes then dust with powdered sugar to serve.
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