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Pear, Dried-Cherry and Almond Galette

Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep time 20 mins
Bake time 45 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 17.3-oz. box frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed
  • 3 1/2 ounces almond paste, cut into small pieces
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 ripe but firm Bosc pears (about 1 1/4 lb.), peeled, cored, halved, sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries

Nutrition Information

  • calories 460
  • fat 27 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 9 g
  • carbohydrate 48 g
  • fiber 3 g
  • cholesterol 64 mg
  • sodium 321 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place almonds in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, shaking skillet often, until nuts are lightly toasted, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  2. Preheat oven to 375°F; line a large baking sheet with parchment. Place one sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured surface. Brush it lightly with water; place second sheet on top. Using a rolling pin, roll pastry sheets together into a 12-inch square, then trim into a 12-inch circle. Transfer to lined baking sheet; refrigerate.

  3. In a bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat almond paste, 3 Tbsp. sugar and 1 egg until smooth. Beat in butter and almond extract until smooth. Stir in flour. Spread mixture evenly over pastry, leaving a 1-inch border. Fan pears in a circle over filling. Scatter cherries on top. Fold pastry edges over filling, pleating as you go, leaving center of pears exposed. The pastry should tightly enclose pears and filling.

  4. Beat remaining egg with 1 tsp. water. Brush mixture over pastry edges. Sprinkle remaining sugar over fruit. Bake until pastry is golden, about 45 minutes. Sprinkle almonds over fruit and transfer tart to a wire rack to cool. Serve at room temperature.