Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce

pear galette

Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce

My culinary journey has been a winding road.  Sometimes with hairpin turns and sometimes with steep uphill jogs. (If you know me, you know I am NOT a jogger) A few downhill walks and some lovely flat, grassy roads have led me from the past to the present.

And it seems that in every phase, I gain a little more passion and a bit more vision into my culinary world.  Often scribbling words that become my foodie quotes.  Pieces of paper with the written word littering the top of my desk.  I find notes in my handbags, in my drawers,  in my files, and a few found their way into the kitchen junk drawer.  🙂

Today, I often find myself thinking of this quote.  The one that truly speaks my heart. “Food should not only satisfy our hunger, it should feed our soul and nourish our bodies while delighting our senses”.  So with every recipe I create, or cook, or teach, this is always my reminder.

Delighting the senses is exactly what I had in mind when I created this dish.  I’m often asked to review new food products. Most of them I turn down.  However, a few have captured my attention.

The Spicy Gourmet company contacted me and asked if I would review their new line of organic and fair trade spices.  They had me at organic and fair trade.  But would flavor be just as impressive?  I was delighted and intrigued.

Dinesh Perera of The Spicy Gourmet sent me the Classic Garam Masala Spice Kit.  So off to testing I went.

Thinking seasonal, thinking spicy, thinking holiday parties made me think of something sweet.  Festive and just a little indulgent.  But just a little.  😉

Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce.  A little spicy, a little saucy and a lot of delicious.  The Classic Garam Masala is an exquisite spicy blend, perfect for all savory dishes.  But I loved the idea of this spicy blend in a sweet dish.

I did cut the black pepper in half as well as the cumin and then added in a little ginger and nutmeg.  Perfect.

I adore fresh, whole, spices, ground as needed for optimum flavor.  I was so impressed with the quality, taste and fragrance of my new spices, I chucked my old bottles of cardamom and cloves!

Many thanks to Dinesh Perera at The Spicy Gourmet for allowing me the opportunity to test their products.  This is a small company with big flavor.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and most delicious holiday season.

Loads of Love,


Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette with Dark Chocolate Sauce

Serves 6-8


Galette Dough

2 ½ cups all-purpose flour

1 cup cold butter, cubed

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

½ cup ice-cold water


3-4 pears, sliced

1 tablespoon butter, diced

2 teaspoons Spicy Gourmet Garam Masala*

½ teaspoon Ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

1/3 cup sugar (I love using Coconut Palm Sugar in this recipe)

Chocolate Drizzle

4 ounces dark chocolate

¼ cup heavy cream

2-3  tablespoons water


Prepare the dough –  In a food processor add the flour, salt, sugar and butter and pulse until the ingredients resemble coarse crumbs.

While the food processor is on slowly add ½ cup water.  The dough should form a ball to one side of the food processor bowl.  If the dough is too dry, add a little more water.

Place the dough in the center of plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Prepare the filling – Place the pears in a large bowl and toss with the diced butter, Garam Masala, ginger and nutmeg.

Pre-heat the oven to 400F.

Roll out the dough into a large circle.  Place the galette dough on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Reserve about 5-6 slices of pear.  Place the remaining pears in the center of the galette dough, leaving about a 2 inch border.  Pull up the sides to form an open face tart.  Artfully place the remaining pears on top of the other pears in the center of the galette.  Brush the galette with a little melted butter and sprinkle with a little sugar.

Place the galette into the oven and bake at 400F for about 15 minutes.  Turn down the heat to 375F and bake for another 20 minutes or until the galette is golden brown.

While the galette is baking make the chocolate sauce.

In a double boiler melt the chocolate and whisk in the heavy cream and water until smooth and glossy. Adding all the water if you’d like the sauce a bit thinner.

When the galette is done, remove from the oven and let it cool for about 5-10 minutes.  Drizzle the chocolate sauce on top, reheating the sauce if necessary.

Drizzle dessert plates with a little more chocolate sauce and then place slices on top of the sauce. Serve immediately.

*Each Garam Masala will have a different blend of spices.  I highly recommend blending your own Garam Masala with spices from the Spicy Gourmet.  However, if you have your own Garam Masala blend, or purchased a prepared Garam Masala, be sure it doesn’t include the ginger or nutmeg.  If it does, then feel free to omit the ginger and nutmeg in the recipe, or add in a little less if desired.



  1. Karista-thank you so much for coming by my blog! Thus recipe is gorgeous and I bet tastes fantastic! 🙂

  2. Holy YUM sounds awesome!

  3. Ilovepearsand I love Galeetes. There’s a magical combination with the flavour of silky soft pears and chocolate, always a winner for me.

    I love your words on the spice company too, a small company with big flavour!

  4. This looks epic Karista. I love making a pear tart tatin with star anise, but full on garam masala is going one step further. Delicious.

  5. I love this dessert. I’m a huge fan of garam masala, 5 spice, chai … etc. Love it combined with the pears and chocolate. True winner.
    Fun to test something fair trade and organic. I was just approached to plug I tried to politely say “no way in hell”.
    x wt

    • Hahaha!! Wendy I’ve had a few similar and I couldn’t turn around and run the other way fast enough. Thanks for the kind words. It’s been so fun testing recipes with these spices. So fragrant and fresh! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. Karista, you always have a way of creating such tempting dishes.. and the photography just takes it all the way home! I just wish it was home in my kitchen. If I have a special occasion or a bit of company over, I’d like to try this one. The different spices and flavors sound wonderful and we have the sweetest pears in our shops right now!xx

    • Hahaha! Well, Smidge if I lived closer I’d bring one over 🙂 I do love pears both savory and sweet. I think one of my favorite fall fruits. Have a beautiful holiday season. Hugs!

  7. petit4chocolatier says:

    Karista, this is my kind of dessert! Elegantly delicious with the chocolate drizzle!!

    • Thank you! It’s beautiful in presentation and delicious all at the same time. Not something I typically achieve. LOL! I’m not much of a baker so I admire those who have that talent. 🙂

  8. This sounds like my idea of heaven- I have quite the thing for pears and galettes and the spice combination sounds divine.

    It is also a thing with spices that I do prefer to buy them organic (I go as far as buy them when I am in the US and bring them to Mexico!). I really think they have a much more intense flavour and scent.

    • Thanks for visiting Paola! Yes, I completely agree. Buying organic spices definitely tastes best. I do adore this particular companies spices from Ceylon and Sri Lanka. Fabulous. Happy Holidays!

  9. Karista – you did it again! This is such a creative, and tempting combination of flavors. Love the comment above – I bet this does “smell like a holiday”! Beautiful recipe and photos.

  10. Karista, I love your mantra and how you approach every beautiful creation you share! This is another wonderful dessert!!!!!

  11. What a brilliant quote Karista! You always have the most inspiring recipes – this sounds like another first prize winner! The spices are packaged so beautifully, I am sure the company will go from strength to strength.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  12. My first time visiting your site! You have wonderful recipes and your photography is amazing. I came across your site searching for garam masala recipes. I bet this tasted amazing! Just signed up for your posts and a new fan on FB too! 🙂

    • Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for following. So happy you like my website. I’m a nosy gal so I ran over and browsed your site. Love it! I’m now following you on twitter. 🙂 I’ll check out your facebook page as well. Wishing you and your beautiful family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  13. Mmm . . . this is the sort of dessert you create atmosphere for; turn down the lights, maybe light a fire, turn on some relaxing music, then curl up with nothing more than a plate of this decadence and savor every last bite! I bet your Thanksgiving feast will be talk of the neighborhood!

    ~ Cara

  14. This looks beautiful, would never think of combining garam masala with a sweet flavour.

  15. Yum…that sounds amazing. Wish we’d actually gotten a decent pear harvest this year…
    I’m liking the spice company’s website, too…lots of good gift ideas for my Experimental Cook daughter!

    • Thank you! Yes, it was completely delightful and so fragrant. And to top it off, pears are one of my fave fall fruits. A lovely spice company, I’m truly impressed. I had the same idea… great for gift giving. Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. Ooh, what an aromatic way to make a pear galette!

  17. I love this

  18. gorgeous! That dark chocolate must set the sweetness off nicely!

  19. What a creative and wonderful sounding dish! I’m sure it elevates the pears and then with that hit of chocolate it must be sublime. Hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving with your family, Karista! 🙂

  20. What a brilliant (& gorgeous!) dessert you’d conjured up here Karista! The flavors you’ve married with the pears and the chocolate are spot on! Love this (and galettes HAVE to be one of my favorite desserts!) x

    • Thanks so much Spree! I too love galettes and don’t make them often. This was a delicious change to my usual. 🙂 Wishing you and your beautiful family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. Lovely galette and I love the flavor profile.

  22. What a truly lovely post. And you are so right…food exists for much more than just calories in and calories out. There really can be something magical about it. This looks fabulous (of course).
    Big hugs!

  23. Love this Karista! You are a culinary genius my dear! This would be a really fun alternative to pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Where can you find this brand of spices? PCC? Happiest of Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    • Hahaha! Thanks Maria but I don’t think I’ve hit the genius part yet. But you are so sweet for saying it! I wish I could get it at PCC but I don’t think it’s in stores yet. I get it from their website. . If you’d like to try it, let me know and I’ll drop some off at Teri’s for you.

  24. How much do I love your quote, “Food should not only satisfy our hunger, it should feed our soul and nourish our bodies while delighting our senses”. It’s so true, we all need to keep it at center of mind. I have a spice jar of garam masala that I’ve never used because I’m out of my league with Indian spices. I think you just put me in the game sister! Love this. Thanks!

    • Thanks Heidi! I wrote it a few years ago and posted it on my about page. After browsing a few new food blogs recently, I found it being used either in full or in part. I was so disappointed. It’s now got a copyright. It’s sad it had to come to that.
      I did think it went beautifully with this dessert. So fragrant, definitely speaks to the senses. 🙂 And pull out that Garam Masala Heidi! I sprinkle it on everything. Roasted winter squash, sweet potatoes, fish, and of course now fruit. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

  25. Sounds like a great company Karista! I am all about these flavors right now. I just took a cooking class at PCC last week (Indian Vegetarian Classics) and totally thought of you.

    • Thanks Alyssa. Lovely people own the company, sincere and truly concerned about quality. Did you take a class from Pranee? Love her! She also has a food blog on WordPress. I think it’s called I Love Thai Cooking? Anyway, the lovliest lady and a fabulous Chef! Hope you’re doing well! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  26. What an exciting combination of flavors, Karista! Cannot wait to try it.

  27. I love the quote! Those spices look amazing, something I would buy. And to use them for a dessert – well, I shall have to explore that 🙂

    • Thanks Tandy! I wrote that quote a few years ago and have recently found it used either in full or in part on other food blogs. I was disappointed it had been copied without my permission or knowledge. So I thought I’d better post about my writing quotes, and as well, I’ve copywritten the phrase. Just for good measure. This fragrant and luxurious tasting dessert seemed the perfect place for the quote to land again. And yes, I do highly recommend this spice company. Such high quality spices. So fragrant and so flavorful, a little goes a long way.

  28. Sweet Karista showed up on my doorstep with this delightful treat and has put smiles on all of our faces. Not only is it beautiful and “smells like a holiday” (my sons description), it is full of tender ripe pears, drizzled with scrumptious chocolate and is wrapped in a delicious crust. This surprise was just as good fresh and warm, which is how it arrived at our house, as it was for breakfast the next morning. Thank you Karista for sharing your wonderful Garam Masala Spiced Pear Galette With Dark Chocolate Sauce with us.

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