We’re welcoming fall with a delicious, rustic pumpkin spice galette. I wanted to make something different than the standard pumpkin pie and I love the way galettes look (and taste!). I like that this dessert has an artisan feel, even though it’s extremely easy to make. This is a no hassle crust too…it’s buttery, flaky and delicious. The filling is made with cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and spices. It’s the perfect pumpkin taste that’s flavorful, but not overpowering. It’s kind of like a mix between a pastry and a pie, so you can serve it for breakfast or dessert! For the next few months I pretty much use pumpkin in everything and somehow it makes it all taste better! So happy it’s fall!!!
Buttery Flaky Galette Crust adapted from The Joy Of Cooking
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon white sugar or 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
1/4 cup Crisco
1/3 cup ice water
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.
Cut 2 sticks butter into small chunks and add to the flour mixture. With your hands or a pastry cutter blend until butter chunks are the size of peas.
Add in Crisco and with your hands combine. It should resemble course crumbs. This mixture should remain dry and powdery.
Add ice water and mix dough with hands until combined. The dough should hold a loose ball and be more on the dry side. It should look rough.
Divide dough in half, press each half into a round flat disk, and wrap in plastic. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to a few days.
Pumpkin Spice Filling
16 ounces cream cheese
1 cup pumpkin
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Beat cream cheese on high until soft and fluffy. Scrape down the sides and bottom and continue to beat.
Add in the pumpkin and blend, then add in the sugar and spices.
Roll the dough out to a 11 inch round(ish) circle. Add pumpkin filling to the middle leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches of crust to fold over.
Sprinkles pecans over the top, then fold crust over. Brush with melted butter. So easy!! You can also try sugared pecans, yum!
Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temp to 350 and bake for about 20-25 more minutes until the crust is golden brown. You can cover the filling with tin foil if you need. Enjoy!!!