Spiced Pear and Marzipan Galette

RECIPE BY: Handwritten Recipes

What better way to spend New Years morning than with your favourite book and a slice of Spiced Pear and Marzipan Galette? Marzipan is a traditional Italian dessert eaten around Christmas time, but this delicious, almond-based tart is also the perfect thing to say hello to 2021 with.

Serves 4


  • 4-5 medium pears, sliced

Chai Marzipan

  • 90 grams (around 1 cup) almond flour
  • 60 grams (around 1/2 cup) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp rose water
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp chai spice powder

Olive Oil Galette Crust


For Marzipan
  1. In a food processor, add all the ingredients and pulse a few times until a dough starts forming
  2. Now put the dough on a kneading surface and knead for about a minute or until the whole dough comes together, if the dough seems to dry then add a few sprinkles of water and knead it into a smooth surface ball
  3. Now roll it up in a cling film and let it set in the fridge for a couple of hours before using
For Crust
  1. In a food processor, pulse together the flour, salt, the chai spice and the olive oil a few times until it starts resembling grains of sand 
  2. Add a tbsp of water one by one and keep pulsing so that the dough starts coming together. If the dough feels very dry add a little more water (1 tbsp) at a time until it just comes together. Be careful not to over-pulse
  3. On a clean lightly floured surface transfer this dough and bring the dough together to a ball. Do not over knead the dough 
  4. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Once cool, pull out the dough, and roll it out into an 8 to 9 inch round pie shape. Spread a layer of the chai marzipan filling, leave the end 1 to 1.5 inches empty so you can fold over that part over the filling
  5. Layer the slices of pear on the marzipan, again leaving the 1 to 1.5 inch corner
  6. Fold over the dough over the marzipan and pear layers. Give these folded edges a milk wash and bake for 35 to 40 minutes in a 375 degree oven and enjoy warm