Food blogger Ragan Brooks is originally from Minnesota, but has spent the last 15 years on the West Coast. While her midwest roots keep her grounded, Los Angeles is the place that inspires her. Her blog, Beauty in the Bite, has an approach to food that we adore – combining great flavors with even better aesthetics. However, her favorite thing about food is the ability to bring people together, and that’s exactly what she’s focusing on as she compiles her new book, Beautiful Roots. It’s a collection of profiles on beautiful, inspiring, and intriguing women in the entertainment industry and includes the recipes that tie them to their heritage. (We cannot wait to get our hands on a copy!) Much to our delight, Ragan is sharing a delicious fall recipe that’s equal parts flavor and beauty. With figs, sliced pears, and plenty of cheese – this is one we’ll be indulging in as often as possible. Added bonus: it’s super easy to make!! Happy baking:
1 pie crust (store bought is fine)
2 organic pears
5-6 fresh figs
½ cup got cheese
½ cup Gruyere
1 egg, whisked
2 tsp honey
¼ cup chopped pistachios
Bring the pie crust to room temperature. Roll out on floured surface in a round shape – it’s ok to make it a bit irregular! Brush with an egg wash and set aside.
Wash and dry both the pears and figs. Using a mandolin, finely slice the pears. Halve the figs with a small knife.
Lay out the pear slices in a circular form in the center of the pie crust. Next, layer the figs and then place dollops of goat cheese throughout.
Sprinkle with half of the Gruyere, drizzle the honey, and add a dash of sea salt and about ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper over the top.
Fold in the edges of the crust so that they cover the fillings but there is an open space in the center. Brush with an egg wash. Top with the remaining Gruyere and another dash of pepper.
Bake at 350 for approximately 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown.
Remove and let sit for 10 minutes. Sprinkle the pistachios over the galette and add another drizzle of honey – it adds extra sweetness and makes for a lovely presentation. Slice and enjoy!