Pear Galette – The Forest Feast for Kids
My kids are so awesome. Like, truly awesome. They are both so smart and funny and all the things you say about your own kids. But I have to be honest here. I’m not the most patient person in the world.
I absolutely hate to admit it but I have cringed when my daughter has asked if she could help me in the kitchen. It really pains me to tell you that but when I’m in the kitchen I get in the zone a bit, and thinking about explaining where the measuring spoons are located for the billionth time and knowing I’ll be spending extra time cleaning (insert: flour, sugar, salt, etc) from every crevice of my kitchen makes me just feel like saying, “No, I’m almost done.” And sometimes I’ve said just that. And then she runs outside to play with her friends and I finish cooking, feeling so guilty and feeling so sad she isn’t in there with me.
Recently I was talking with my favorite foodie friend and I asked her how she and her family had developed their love of cooking. Because I didn’t learn how to look until I was an adult, I’ve always admired her stories of her, her husband and her family in the kitchen, cooking together. She explained that many Sunday’s while she was growing up they would have family dinners. But for them it wasn’t like, “Come over at 5 for my pot roast,” it was more like, “Come over at 1 so we can start cooking.”
That really hit home with me as most of the time I’m alone in the kitchen when I cook. I don’t mind it really, especially when trying to get a meal on the table on a Tuesday when I’ve gotten home late from work, but I started to think of how great it would be if my family and I implemented something like this. This brought me back to the fact that I’ve been having this little person ask me constantly to help in the kitchen and my impatience has prevented me from embracing that opportunity. And then I felt like a huge jerk.
Since then I’ve not only tried to create opportunities for my kids to be in the kitchen, but be more conscious of how welcoming I am of their help. Yes, sometimes (many times) this “help” is objective, however it’s my hope that with these experiences I’m given one more way to create a healthy bond between my kids and I and between my kids and food. Food and cooking is my passion and I’m missing the parenting boat if I don’t even make an attempt to share that with my kids. Enough of this sappiness, as crying in the coffee shop is weird and draws an uncomfortable amount of attention.
Last weekend I let the kids flip though one of their cookbooks to choose a recipe and, as expected, they went with dessert. My kiddos have several cookbooks designed specifically for kids, and The Forest Feast for Kids is definitely the most beautiful. The book is large and the recipes very easy the read. The photographs are beautiful, which is especially important for a kids cookbook. I wouldn’t say there is anything groundbreaking in the cookbook as far as content, but it completely hits the mark with being a gorgeous, well written cookbook that kids (and adults!) would enjoy.
Before I get into the recipe we made, Pear Galette, I will also mention we made a second recipe from the cookbook, a grape fizz drink (which was excellent with vodka).
The pear galette recipe was super easy to make, beautiful and tasty. The recipe called for store bought pie crust but just to make life difficult we made our own. It was wonderful and full of butter but store bought would work as well.
For the pears, we used one Anjous green pear and one smaller Asian pear. I think the contrast in size was a good decision as it made it really easy to fill the circle without much overlap.
After you load the thing up, bake it for a bit then do your best to get a nice photo of your little chefs. Jerks.
The Forest Feast for Kids – By Erin Gleeson
Ease and Convenience – 5 – Easy, beautiful and delicious
Taste – 5 – Really, really good
Cookbook – 5 – If you have a mini chef in your family, buy them this cookbook 🙂
Recipe for Pear Galette from The Forest Feast for Kids:
- 2 Pears – I’d suggest one big one and one smaller one
- 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 Tablespoon salted butter (cut into small chunks)
- Store bought pie crust, defrosted (or make your own)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set the thawed round sheet of pie dough on a baking sheet. Thinly slice the two pears. Lay the pear slices out in a fan pattern on the pie dough and pinch the edges over the ends of the pears. Spring the almonds, sugar, nutmeg and butter on top. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes. Enjoy!