My culinary journey has been a winding road. Sometimes with hairpin turns and sometimes with steep uphill jogs. (If you know me, you know I am NOT a jogger) A few downhill walks and some lovely flat, grassy roads have led me from the past to the present.
And it seems that in every phase, I gain a little more passion and a bit more vision into my culinary world. Often scribbling words that become my foodie quotes. Pieces of paper with the written word littering the top of my desk. I find notes in my handbags, in my drawers, in my files, and a few found their way into the kitchen junk drawer.
Today, I often find myself thinking of this quote. The one that truly speaks my heart. “Food should not only satisfy our hunger, it should feed our soul and nourish our bodies while delighting our senses”. So with every recipe I create, or cook, or teach, this is always my reminder.
Delighting the senses is exactly what I had in mind when I created this dish. I’m often asked to review new food products. Most of them I turn down. However, a few have captured my attention.
The Spicy Gourmet company contacted me and asked if I would review their new line of organic and fair trade spices. They had me at organic and fair trade. But would flavor be just as impressive? I was delighted and intrigued.
Thinking seasonal, thinking spicy, thinking holiday parties made me think of something sweet. Festive and just a little indulgent. But just a little.
Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce. A little spicy, a little saucy and a lot of delicious. The Classic Garam Masala is an exquisite spicy blend, perfect for all savory dishes. But I loved the idea of this spicy blend in a sweet dish.
I did cut the black pepper in half as well as the cumin and then added in a little ginger and nutmeg. Perfect.
I adore fresh, whole, spices, ground as needed for optimum flavor. I was so impressed with the quality, taste and fragrance of my new spices, I chucked my old bottles of cardamom and cloves!
Many thanks to Dinesh Perera at The Spicy Gourmet for allowing me the opportunity to test their products. This is a small company with big flavor.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and most delicious holiday season.
Loads of Love,
Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup cold butter, cubed
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup ice-cold water
3-4 pears, sliced
1 tablespoon butter, diced
2 teaspoons Spicy Gourmet Garam Masala*
½ teaspoon Ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1/3 cup sugar (I love using Coconut Palm Sugar in this recipe)
4 ounces dark chocolate
¼ cup heavy cream
2-3 tablespoons water
Prepare the dough – In a food processor add the flour, salt, sugar and butter and pulse until the ingredients resemble coarse crumbs.
While the food processor is on slowly add ½ cup water. The dough should form a ball to one side of the food processor bowl. If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.
Place the dough in the center of plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Prepare the filling – Place the pears in a large bowl and toss with the diced butter, Garam Masala, ginger and nutmeg.
Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
Roll out the dough into a large circle. Place the galette dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Reserve about 5-6 slices of pear. Place the remaining pears in the center of the galette dough, leaving about a 2 inch border. Pull up the sides to form an open face tart. Artfully place the remaining pears on top of the other pears in the center of the galette. Brush the galette with a little melted butter and sprinkle with a little sugar.
Place the galette into the oven and bake at 400F for about 15 minutes. Turn down the heat to 375F and bake for another 20 minutes or until the galette is golden brown.
While the galette is baking make the chocolate sauce.
In a double boiler melt the chocolate and whisk in the heavy cream and water until smooth and glossy. Adding all the water if you’d like the sauce a bit thinner.
When the galette is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes. Drizzle the chocolate sauce on top, reheating the sauce if necessary.
Drizzle dessert plates with a little more chocolate sauce and then place slices on top of the sauce. Serve immediately.
*Each Garam Masala will have a different blend of spices. I highly recommend blending your own Garam Masala with spices from the Spicy Gourmet. However, if you have your own Garam Masala blend, or purchased a prepared Garam Masala, be sure it doesn’t include the ginger or nutmeg. If it does, then feel free to omit the ginger and nutmeg in the recipe, or add in a little less if desired.
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