Let me tell you something cooking food and writing about food are two different things all together. The first is something I do easily and the latter is something I struggle with more often than not. I go through days of feeling uninspired and feeling completely lost for words, where I have no idea what I want to write and then sadly this bout of being completely loss at words creeps into my cooking and then I don’t know what to cook either.
For a food blogger you do want to be able to think of what to cook and what to write easily isn’t it? But in my case it is a battle that I fight almost every time I want to blog about something. And it can be really hard.And having a full time job means I can only cook for the blog on the weekends. So I usually have to plan the recipes I will make in advanced and then go to the local farmers market or grocery store to pick up the ingredients I would need to make whatever I had planned.
Last week I had seen a beautiful “Apricot Thyme Galette” on the lovely Cottage grove house blog, I was immediately drawn towards the simple and beautiful looking Galtette and wanted to make it for the weekend. But unfortunately in the mayhem of a busy work week between troubleshooting, running for meetings and chaperoning visitors I ended up with no apricots in my fridge.
But I was still obsessed with making a Galette, I had to make it. So when I saw this other gorgeous “Peach Galette” with an Indian twist I crossed the point of no return. To be honest I had never tasted a Galette before, it is really a rustic fresh sweet or savory pastry with gorgeous fruits or vegetables thrown in and cooked to perfection. Even though I do not have much of a sweet tooth I craved and craved for it.
Thankfully I had a tub of “Ricotta” at hand which is unusual as I never really have it. I substituted the peach with Apples and Pears and the Brown Sugar with some Coconut Sugar.
As this beauty baked in my oven and my kitchen was filled with the heavenly aroma of the fruits and the pastry and the Ricotta I knew I had made something truly wonderful. The delicious flaky pastry with the fruits and the cheese just work together to create a perfect harmony of flavours which is definitely out of this world.
The recipe is from the lovely blog Spices and Spices and let me tell you it is addictive.
Apple & Pear Galette
One sheet of store brought puff pastry, thawed.
2 Apples and 1 Pear or vice versa
2 Tbsp. Coconut Sugar
1/3 Ricotta cheese
A pinch of Saffron
One egg white or little melted Butter to brush the pastry.
2 tbsp Milk
1 tsp Cardamom powder
Plain Flour to dust the parchment paper
1 tbsp of crushed nuts – I used Walnuts & Pistachios and some Almond flakes.
Cut the Apples and Pears evenly into thin slices. Mix them with the Coconut Sugar and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Heat the milk and add the Saffron.
Once the milk is cold mix it to the Ricotta Cheese. Add the Cardamom powder mix well and leave it aside.
Once the pastry is completely thawed, sprinkle the flour on the parchment paper and roll out the pastry and lay on the baking sheet. Spread the cheese & saffron mixture on the pastry leaving one inch border space.
Fold the sides leaving most of the fruits uncovered and then keep the entire thing in the fridge for atleast one hour. You can leave it overnight as well.
Once you are ready to bake pre heat the oven at 180 Degrees C. Remove the pastry from the fridge, brush with the Egg white or Butter and sprinkle the chopped nuts on top.
Bake for 45 minutes or until nice and golden. The baking time depends on your oven temperature so do keep an eye on the pastry to make sure it doesn’t burn. You can remove the pastry after 30 minutes and brush it with the Egg white once more. Let it rest for atleast 10 minutes before serving.
Serve warm or cold with some clotted Cream or Vanilla Ice cream.