Pear Crostata with Blueberries

This rustic tart is fantastic served for dessert—and then breakfast the next day.

2 pears
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
¼ cup granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 egg white, beaten
1 premade or store-bought pie dough crust
2 tablespoons raw sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Roll pie crust into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a sheet pan.

2. For the filling, cut pears in wedges and place them in a bowl. Toss them with the flour, sugar and salt. Fan the pears on the dough circle leaving a 1½-inch border.

3. Sprinkle blueberries on top of pears. Fold over in sections. Use egg wash as glue as you work in sections around the dough. Spread remaining egg wash over folded dough. Dot the crostata filling with butter.

Sprinkle raw sugar over the entire tart. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Rustic Apple Galette

This country-style tart is topped with cinnamon sugar and a gorgeous honey glaze.

Farm & Larder galette dough, chilled
4 Granny Smith apples
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Peel, halve and core the apples and slice into ¼-inch thick pieces. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the pastry into a 10-12 inch circle and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Decoratively arrange the apple slices over the pastry to within two inches of the edge. Drizzle the honey over apples, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and dot with the pieces of butter. Fold the pastry edge up and over the apples to create a 1 ½-inch border.

3. Bake the galette for 45 – 60 minutes or until the pastry is nicely browned and crisp and the apples are tender. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the galette cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Savory Mushroom Galettes

These rustic tarts make for a stunning, and incredibly satisfying, appetizer!

Farm & Larder galette dough, chilled
Farm & Larder duxelles
1 large egg, whisked

1. Preheat oven to 375° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap the chilled dough and place on a well-floured surface. Let sit until the edges become soft enough to roll.

2. Roll dough to about ⅛-inch thickness, adding flour as necessary to prevent sticking. Using a 2 ½- to 3-inch round cutter (the mouth of a large wine glass works, too!) cut out circles of dough and place on the parchment lined pan. Collect dough scraps and reroll until dough is gone.

3. Place about 1 tablespoon of prepared duxelles into the center of each dough round. (The amount of filling will vary depending on the size of the dough circles. You need about ¾-inch of dough left around the edges for folding.) Fold one small section of dough up onto filling. Rotate and fold another section to create a pleat. Continue until it is pleated all the way around. Press firmly to seal pleats together.

4. Brush the whisked egg on the galette crusts, then place in the oven. Bake until the crusts are golden brown. Remove and cool slightly before serving.

Italian Swiss Chard Tart

Topped with breadcrumbs and Grana-style cheese, this tart from chef Mario Batali captures the deep, rich flavor of Swiss chard.

2 pounds Swiss chard, washed and dried
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
3 large eggs
1 cup grated Grana cheese
1 cup breadcrumbs
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil and add 2 tablespoons salt. Roughly chop the Swiss chard, discarding the tough stems. Add the Swiss chard to the boiling water and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain thoroughly and set aside.

2. In a large saucepan, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat until hot but not smoking. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the Swiss chard and the parsley. Let cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let cool.

3. Meanwhile, break the eggs into a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Add 3 tablespoons of the cheese and, using a whisk, mix until the ingredients are well-blended. Add the egg mixture to the cooled Swiss chard and toss to combine.

4. Using the remaining olive oil to lightly grease a shallow 9-inch round or oval baking dish. Dust the bottom of the baking dish with 1/2 cup bread crumbs. Carefully place the Swiss chard and egg mixture into the pan. Dust with the remaining cheese and then the remaining bread crumbs. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 1 hour. Serve hot or room temperature.

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