Cooking Light's Pear Galette with Brandied Cranberries and Raisins

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Cooking Light's Pear Galette with Brandied Cranberries and RaisinsRecipe
Randy Mayor; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
With its mix of fresh pears and dried fruit, this easy dessert is a beautiful ending to an eclectic Thanksgiving meal.
10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge and 2 tablespoons whipped topping)


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5 cups peeled Bartlett pears, cored and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 2 pounds)
1 cup brandy
6 tablespoons golden raisins
6 tablespoons dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons ice water
Cooking spray
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
1 1/4 cups frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed


Combine the first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl; cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Place flour, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar, and salt in a food processor; pulse 2 times or until combined. Add chilled butter; pulse 4 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With processor on, add ice water through food chute, processing just until combined (do not form a ball). Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on plastic wrap; cover. Chill for 15 minutes.

Slightly overlap 2 lengths of plastic wrap on a slightly damp surface. Unwrap chilled dough, and place on plastic wrap. Cover the dough with 2 additional lengths of overlapping plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, into a 14-inch circle. Place dough in freezer 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed. Remove the top sheets of plastic wrap; fit dough, plastic wrap side up, into a 10-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray. Press dough against bottom and sides of pan, allowing dough to extend over edges of pan; remove remaining sheets of plastic wrap.

Combine 3 tablespoons granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cornstarch; stir with a whisk. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cornstarch mixture into pastry shell; cover with half of fruit mixture. Repeat layers with the remaining cornstarch mixture and fruit mixture. Fold edges of dough over fruit mixture (dough will only partially cover fruit). Sprinkle 2 tablespoons granulated sugar over fruit mixture; bake at 425° for 20 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350° (do not remove galette from oven), and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the pastry is golden. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, and sift the powdered sugar over the top of the galette. Serve the galette warm or at room temperature with whipped topping.

Created date

October 2003

Nutritional Information

Calories 303
Caloriesfromfat 23 %
Fat 7.7 g
Satfat 4.9 g
Monofat 1.9 g
Polyfat 0.4 g
Protein 2.6 g
Carbohydrate 50.6 g
Fiber 3.3 g
Cholesterol 17 mg
Iron 1.3 mg
Sodium 95 mg
Calcium 21 mg