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Pear Hazelnut Crostatas
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1/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons cold Land O Lakes® Butter, cut into chunks

2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts

1/2 (17.3-ounce) package (1 sheet) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

2 ripe but firm medium pears, peeled, sliced crosswise into 1/4- to 1/8-inch-thick slices

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons sugar


Sugar, if desired

Ice cream, if desired

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  2. STEP 2

    Combine flour and brown sugar in bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in hazelnuts; set aside.

  3. STEP 3

    Roll out puff pastry sheet on lightly floured surface into 10-inch square. Cut into 4 equal (5-inch) squares with sharp knife. Place squares onto large ungreased baking sheet. Brush edges lightly with water. Fold in 3/4 inch of dough on 2 opposite sides of each square; press down firmly. Refrigerate.

  4. STEP 4

    Combine pears, lemon juice and sugar in bowl.

  5. STEP 5

    Layer pear slices down center of puff pastry rectangles, keeping pears inside folded edges. Sprinkle each crostata with about 3 tablespoons crumb mixture. Bake 25-27 minutes or until pastry is puffed and golden brown. Cool on cooling rack. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature with ice cream, if desired.

Tip #1

- The crostatas can be baked one day ahead and stored loosely covered. Reheat in 350°F. oven for 15 minutes just before serving.

Tip #2

- Puff pastry sheets can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket. Thaw according to package directions. Work with 1 pastry sheet at a time; keep remaining sheets refrigerated. Gently unfold pastry sheets to avoid tearing folded area. Gently roll out pastry sheet with rolling pin on lightly floured surface to even out creases.

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