For the pastry
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 lb unsalted butter (1 stick) frozen and cut into small cubes
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup ice water
- 1 large egg, beaten (for egg wash)
- Turbinado sugar for sprinkling
For the filling
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger minced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 pears, halved, cored, thinly sliced
Optional Whipped Cream
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
- 2 tbsp confectioner’s sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat the oven to 400°.
- Add flour, sugar, and salt in the food processor and pulse to combine.
- Next, add the butter and pulse until the butter turns to small pieces (about the size of a pea).
- Using a small bowl, mix vinegar and ice water.
- Pouring slowly, add the vinegar water to the food processor, pulsing to combine. Stop right when the dough begins to come together.
- Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and pat together, shaping the dough into a round disc.
- Cover dough in plastic wrap and transfer to the fridge for at least 1 hour, no longer than 2 days.
- For the filling, combine sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl, massaging with your fingers to help release oils. It should be fragrant.
- Next add the ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix until combined.
- Take dough from refrigerator, and roll it out into a circle, 10-12 inches in diameter.
- Take the paste and spread it evenly in the middle leaving a 3 inch border all around.
- Take the sliced pears and fan them out making sure to cover the paste.
- Gently fold the edges over the pears, pressing gently to seal.
- For the egg wash, whisk egg and 1 tbsp of water together and brush the dough evenly.
- Finish generously with turbinado sugar and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.
- Meanwhile, if you are making the whipped cream, combine chilled heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla and mix with a hand mixer or stand mixer with whisk attachment on medium-high speed until medium peaks form, about 3-4 minutes.
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