A rustic galette strikes all the right homey notes on a Thanksgiving spread, and this pretty number showcases one of fall’s star fruits: sweet, juicy pears. Poach the pears in red wine, and then concentrate the poaching liquid for a naturally sweet topper to spoon over each slice with a dollop of creamy mascarpone.

Anna Theoktisto
Also appeared in: Health, November, 2019


Credit: Greg DuPree

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Serves 10


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  • Bring wine, granulated sugar, and star anise to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high; boil 5 minutes. Place pears cut sides down in mixture in saucepan. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 10 minutes. Gently flip pears over; simmer, covered, until pears are just tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove pears from saucepan, reserving liquid in saucepan. Let pears cool completely, about 1 hour. Cut into ¼-inch-thick slices.

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured work surface. Transfer dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Arrange pear slices on dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Partially fold dough edges up and over pears, leaving center of pie exposed. Brush crust with egg; sprinkle crust with turbinado sugar.

  • Bake in preheated oven until crust is browned, about 30 minutes. Let cool about 20 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring reserved pear liquid in saucepan to a boil over high; boil, uncovered, until liquid is syrupy and reduced to ½ cup, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in salt. Set aside.

  • To serve, cut galette into 10 slices. Stir together mascarpone and powdered sugar in a small bowl until combined. Dollop onto slices, and drizzle each with 1 teaspoon pear liquid.

Nutrition Facts

264 calories; fat 11g; cholesterol 45mg; fiber 3g; protein 3g; carbohydrates 33g; sugars 20g; sodium 136mg; iron 1mg; calcium 36mg.