Personal pear galettes

date01.31.13

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I bribe my friends with baked goods. And fortunately for me, my friend Angi has a nagging sweet tooth she can’t ignore. Like me, she swoons over freshly baked desserts, but turns her nose up at chocolate. So when I needed someone with impeccable handwriting to help me address our Save-the-Date cards, I pulled out the flour, sugar, and butter to lure Angi and her steady penmanship over for the evening. It also just so happened to be a few days after her birthday, so these personal pear galettes served a dual purpose. Win-win.

To add icing on the cake, my friend Spike had just inquired about the whereabouts of his Save-the-Date the day before. He’d already received a Save-the-Date for another wedding on the same day as ours and wanted to know what I could do to convince him to come to ours. When I told him I’d hand deliver it the next day, he responded, “hand delivered with delicious _______.” He was about 75% joking and 25% secretly hoping I’d see past his sarcasm and show up with a piping hot pastry. With luck on his side, I pulled into his driveway with a personal pear galette in one hand and his Save-the-Date card in the other. And within minutes, I got a text that read, “was I only supposed to eat part of that? because I ate the whole thing.” I normally make this galette as a full-sized tart, but it’s so addicting that I think turning it into a personal serving helps with portion control. Flakey buttery crust, warm juicy pears, and a hint of sweetness to tie it all together. Certainly not on the pre-wedding healthy eating regimen, but a welcome indulgence when your friends need freshly baked dessert.

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Plus, this tart recipe is about the easiest dessert you can make, while still serving up a warm pastry that feels super fancy. With balancing writing, data collection, wedding planning, and preparing to move, quick and easy is the best kind of after-dinner treat. Yup, you heard me, WE’RE MOVING! On March 1st, we’re upgrading from about 350 square feet to 1400 square feet with a full kitchen, a dining room, and mature pear, fig, and lemon trees in the backyard! I foresee a lot more pear galettes in my future. We’re certainly sad to leave our little character-filled in-law, amazing landlords that have become like family, and quaint neighborhood, but we’re looking forward to being able to own more than 4 cups, store our stock pot out of its box in the garage, and cook dinner and dessert without having to do the dishes in between. That’s right – our move to El Cerrito means no more pint-sized kitchen for this home cook!

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8 Comments

  1. Sher says:

    Can’t wait to see the culinary stunts you you will be whipping up in your new “not so pint-sized” kitchen!! :)

  2. afracooking says:

    So pretty! I can just smell these baking!

  3. Alana says:

    How smart! I must make these.

  4. There’s a guilty pleasure in having your very own galette!

  5. My Geisha Clarkson says:

    I just popped these in the oven and they smell wonderful, cant wait to taste them, will let you know what everyone thought of them.

    • SnixyKitchen says:

      Ooo! Would love to hear how they turn out! We just moved into a house with a GIGANTIC pear tree in the back yard. Pretty soon I’ll have pear galettes coming out of my ears!

  6. I’m from the UK don’t know weight of tablespoon of butter?

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