Recently, my brother-in-law and his wife invited my family up to the mountains for the weekend. It was quick trip for us, driving up on Friday night after work and coming back early Sunday. No time to whip up some high-altitude baked goodness right? That’s what I thought until I thought about trying a 3-ingredient dessert.
Baking in the wild
Our hosts had graciously taken care of all the groceries and cooking at the cabin they had rented for all of us. Wanting to contribute with some baking I took a quick survey of what kinds of tools were available and came up with a mixing bowl and a few baking sheets. No measuring cups, cooling racks, or even a rolling pin. Time to get creative.
I figured I should keep it simple and so I Googled “3-ingredient desserts” and came upon the perfect recipe: the maple pear galette from Buzzfeed Foods. All I had to buy at the local store was a pre-made pie crust, pears, and maple syrup. So much for needing a rolling pin. Though I did have an empty wine bottle on standby, you know, just in case.
I sliced the pears, coated them with maple syrup, and crimped the pie dough edges then popped it into the oven. It baked faster than I had anticipated despite the higher altitude (ugh, other people’s ovens.) I got it out just in time before the dough burned, but letting the pears mostly soften. I drizzled some more maple syrup over the top and presented a quick and simple dessert. Not only was it delicious, but I had impressed everyone with my ability to throw together something on the fly with next to no baking tools.
If I had to do it over again, I would add some sprinkled sugar over the top and served with ice cream. But what I had worked well enough for dessert as well as breakfast the next morning. I’ll have to try some more quick and simple 3-ingredient dessert recipes back at home. I just need to remind myself that not every bake needs to be a 3-hour ordeal resulting in an extra hour of dishes.
- 1-15 oz. box of ready-to-bake 9-12 inch pie crusts
- 1 lb. pears
- 4 tbsp. maple syrup
Preheat oven to 400 F.
Unroll pre-made pie crust on to parchment paper. Slice pears thin and add 2 tbsp maple syrup, tossing until coated. Place pear slices on to crust leaving about 2 inches of border, then fold the edges of the dough towards the center.
Place on baking sheet and bake for 40-50 mins. Check often towards the end to make sure crust is not burning. The pastry should be golden brown and the pears soft.
Remove from oven when ready, drizzle on 2 more tbsp of maple syrup and let cool for a few minutes. If you cut into it immediately, the crust will collapse.
Serve as pastry or with ice cream.