Blueberry, Pear & Walnut Galette with Almond Caramel Sauce.
This yummy combination of sweets will make your taste buds sing! And it’s so quick to put together, the only waiting time is while it bakes. And of course I’m now on the lookout for recipes that are not only sweet treats, but also ones that I can make in our RV gas oven! A few weeks ago I shared that I had finally cracked the code on how to get the darn thing to light – and this week, voila! The pilot light lit the first time.
I’ve been experimenting too with different types of frozen puff pastry – the best I’ve found so far are the ones that are rolled up and already on parchment paper. That’s just too easy isn’t it?
A galette is a free formed pie, so to speak, and originates in France, hence the name. In addition to dessert galettes, savory types are very popular too, and usually include lots of delicious cheese, vegetables and often meat. Like a free-formed quiche perhaps? And instead of using a pie plate, it bakes on a cookie sheet. Easy as Pie!
For this recipe I used Bosc pears, blueberries, chopped walnuts, and brown sugar….well the recipe is below. And my secret sauce? A very easy version of caramel sauce that includes Amaretto the almond flavoured liqueur – you know the Italian kind? The recipe for the caramel sauce is here.
The baking time and temps are for a regular household oven – but I did include the baking time and temp for my RV friends – just in case they want to try it too!
1 roll of frozen puff pastry - your favorite kind
2 bosc pears, peeled and sliced thinly
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
4 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 cup blueberries
1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
1 egg - beaten
Preheat the oven to 400F (or whatever temp the puff pastry instructions include)
Thaw the puff pastry, and place it on a cookie sheet (use the parchment paper it comes with)
Mix the brown sugar, cornstarch, nutmeg and ginger together
Toss the pears and walnuts in the sugar mixture until well coated
Arrange the pear slices in a circle - layering them evenly
Place the blueberries here and there over the pears to space them out
Fold over the puff pastry as shown in the photos, the more uneven it looks, the better!
Brush the puff pastry with the beaten egg
Place in the bottom third of the oven and bake for 40 minutes or until the puff pastry is golden
Remove and let cool for a few minutes before you move it onto a rack
RV Ovens: Warm your oven for about 5 minutes at 400F, turning the temp down to 350F when you put the galette in the oven. I bake with the rack on top of the fixed shelf and then during the last 10 minutes moved the entire pan to the floor of the oven. This browns the pastry nicely, just don't go anywhere while you are baking. Baking with an RV Oven takes extra time, but is definitely worth it!
Have you tried to make a galette? Let me know in the comments below!