Everyone needs to have a repertoire of recipes that are easy to whip up in a hurry, but sufficiently impressive to wow your guests. This fruit and nut galette is one of those recipes.
It comes together in a flash (Especially if you keep a pie crust dough or two in your freezer. I don’t know about you, but I always seem to have an extra one hanging around after the holidays. But even if I don’t have one on hand, it’s just a matter of minutes to bring together from scratch. Back to that repertoire of recipes – a pie crust dough is a good one to add to the list, too! 😉 ), it features fresh flavors that almost everyone loves, happens to be on the healthy side of the dessert scale, and looks really pretty! A winner all around!
While the galette itself comes from French roots, the fruit and nut combo in this particular recipe is all about the Pacific Northwest. Oregon and Washington are home to some of the largest and most exceptional producers of pears, apples, and hazelnuts in the world. I’m lucky enough to live in an area where I am surrounded by apple and pear orchards – it’s so cool to watch these delicious fruits grow into their glorious ripeness throughout the summer! Love it!
Anyway, you can feel free to substitute any fruit and nut combo that you like. Use whatever is local to you, and this dessert will be delicious! Cherries, figs, and even citrus fruits would be yummy. Heck, you could go savory if the notion strikes, with thinly sliced potatoes and ricotta cheese, caramelized onions with a sprinkling of blue, or shaved asparagus and parmesan. So many options!