Depending on where you happen to reside, winter is either a minor inconvenience — a small dip in temperatures that brings the perfect amount of hygge vibes — or a major event.
For those of us living in the Northeast and Central U.S., winter officially arrived this week, with gorgeous snow, sparkling ice — and temperatures that dipped well into the negatives. It’s cozy weather, weather that brings new meaning to the words bundled up. In short — baking weather.
January is a quiet time of year. Along with the cold, many of us are drawn to indoor tasks as we kick off the new year. Organizing our homes, picking up books we’ve been meaning to read, and hunkering down for what often feels like the two longest and coldest months of the year. With the heaviness of the holidays behind us, this is the season that calls for simple. The simplicity of winter fruit, a simple recipe, the simple joy of something warm and sweet to enjoy at the end of the day — or heck, for breakfast. Instead of toiling away over something complicated, why not bask in the simplicity of the season with a humble winter fruit galette? Falling somewhere between a pie and a turnover, a galette is easy to make and nearly foolproof — all you need is a crust, some fruit, and a little sugar. It’s the perfect way to warm up even the coldest winter day.
Winter Fruit Galette Recipe
- 1 cup organic all-purpose flour, white or whole wheat
- ¾ cup chilled butter, chopped into small cubes
- Ice water
Note: If you’re gluten-free or vegan, feel free to substitute your favorite pie crust recipe.
- 2 pears, or other seasonal fruit
- ½ cup blueberries (optional)
- ¼ cup coconut sugar
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Sprinkle of lemon zest
TO MAKE THE CRUST: Add flour to a mixing bowl and with clean hands or a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Slowly add the ice water one tablespoon at a time until the mix begins to form a dough.
Turn dough out onto a floured surface and form into a ball. Cut the ball in half and press the two halves together, one on top of the other. Cut in half again, press the two halves together, then form into a ball and use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a flat round on a floured surface.
TO MAKE THE GALETTE: Preheat oven to 375°f. While the oven preheats, slice the pears into thin slices, being sure to remove seeds and stems.
Sprinkle half the sugar over the dough, then layer the pears over top, leaving about 2 inches of crust along the edges. Add the blueberries over the pears and sprinkle the remaining sugar, spices and lemon zest on top.
Fold the free edges of the dough over the sides of the galette and slide onto a baking sheet. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or coconut yogurt. Looking for a warming meal for before (we don’t judge) or after this delicious treat? Look back at our favorite soup recipes!
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