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Pear Galette

Pear Galette

We have been enjoying a large box of the most delicious pears. I love eating pears with cottage cheese, on salads, crostini, and even sandwiches. I also enjoy pear desserts. Our juicy, ripe pears made the perfect topping for this rustic Pear Galette.

If you struggle with making pie crust, this free-form pie is the perfect dessert for you. A galette may sound fancy, but I promise it really is a no-fuss dessert. You make the dough in a food processor, it only takes about 5 minutes to whip up. Another bonus, you can make the dough in advance, just keep it chilled in the refrigerator for up to three days. The pear topping is super simple as well. Brush the galette dough with apricot preserves and arrange pear slices in a spoke pattern around the dough. Bake until golden brown and enjoy!  The crisp, crunchy, buttery crust goes perfectly with the sweet, juicy pears. We recommend serving whipped cream or ice cream on the side:)

I am going to buy another box of pears so I can make a second Pear Galette, one wasn’t enough:)

Pear Galette

Yield: Serves 6-8

Cook Time: 45-50 minutes


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup coarse cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/3 cup buttermilk
2 tablespoons apricot preserves
2 large Bartlett pears, thinly sliced
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons turbinado sugar


1. To make the dough, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt in a processor; pulse 2-3 times. Add butter and pulse 4-5 times, or until mixture resembles coarse meal. With the processor running, slowing pour the buttermilk through the chute, processing until the dough forms a ball. Remove the dough ball and adhere any remaining pieces of dough to it, then wrap in plastic wrap or parchment paper. Refrigerate for at least 45 minutes before rolling out.

2. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

3. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and place on a sheet of parchment paper. Starting at the center of the dough, roll out, forming a 14-15-inch wide circle. Place the dough with parchment paper on a baking sheet. Brush the bottom of the dough with the apricot preserves. Arrange sliced pears in a spoke pattern on the galette dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Fold the border over the pears, overlapping where necessary and pressing gently to adhere the folds.

4. Lightly brush the edge of the dough with the egg and sprinkle crust and pears with turbinado sugar.

5. Bake the galette for 45-50 minutes, or until the pears are tender and the crust is golden brown. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool for at least 20 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Note-you can make the galette dough in advance. It will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. Serve the pear galette with whipped cream or ice cream.

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60 Responses to “Pear Galette”

  1. Shelby — January 24, 2011 @ 3:15 am

    This galette looks delicious! Grumpy loves pears too!

  2. Blog is the New Black — January 24, 2011 @ 3:43 am

    This looks so tasty!

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — January 24, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    Wow this looks delish!!

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet — January 24, 2011 @ 4:14 am

    I made one of your galette’s last Christmas and it was SO good!

  5. Sanjeeta kk — January 24, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    I have a couple pf pears with me and now I know what to do with them exactly. Lovely galette!

  6. Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 24, 2011 @ 5:07 am

    I love pear galette! Its one of my favorite desserts :) Yours looks delicious :)

  7. Katrina — January 24, 2011 @ 5:43 am

    This looks awesome. A while back I made an apple galette, and am SO ready to try something new. Thanks!

  8. Erica — January 24, 2011 @ 5:47 am

    I made a similar dessert from Southern Living for Thanksgiving and it was a huge hit! I much prefer this to traditional pie. Yours looks perfect!

  9. Heather (heather's dish) — January 24, 2011 @ 5:54 am

    i LOVE galettes! i’ve never had pear though…definitely something that needs to happen immediately :)

  10. Liz — January 24, 2011 @ 6:46 am

    I love the look of galettes – I need to make one!

  11. Amanda — January 24, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    That’s truly beautiful Maria!

  12. Melissa — January 24, 2011 @ 7:07 am


  13. marla {family fresh cooking} — January 24, 2011 @ 7:12 am

    Love how simple a galette can be to prepare. Perfect rustic dessert for anytime at all :)

  14. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 24, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    This looks like the ideal dessert for a busy schedule and delicious too.

  15. kat — January 24, 2011 @ 7:59 am

    Yeah, this is my kind of dessert too, not to fussy & showing off the best of the fruit

  16. Kim in MD — January 24, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    I LOVE galettes…so earthy and rustic! Yours looks scrumptious!

  17. Amanda — January 24, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    You always inspire me to get out of the box… what a beautiful creation!!!

  18. sally — January 24, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    Such a beautiful galette! I’m sure it tastes fantastic too!

  19. EatLiveRun — January 24, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    beautiful!! Looks like something I would get at a pastry shop in Paris :)

  20. Prerna@IndianSimmer — January 24, 2011 @ 10:12 am

    Galette is one of my favorite desserts as well and not just because its super easy to make but also because you can taste the “real” fruit flavor in it and that’s what I love about desserts like this! Thanks for sharing!

  21. France @beyondthepeel — January 24, 2011 @ 10:15 am

    I love galettes. The pastry is right up my ally because I’m hopeless at them but love to eat them. These I can manage anytime. beautiful dessert Maria.

  22. Marly — January 24, 2011 @ 10:19 am

    This recipe looks so simple, but yet so delicious and elegant too. Love it!

  23. Shaina — January 24, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    Love how easy and fuss-free galettes are.

  24. Helena — January 24, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    I’ve never had a galette before, but I think I’m going to try it now :)

  25. Lucy Lean — January 24, 2011 @ 10:36 am

    Yummy! Thanks for sharing

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  27. Annalise — January 24, 2011 @ 10:49 am

    Maria, this looks delicious! Thanks for posting!

  28. Kristen — January 24, 2011 @ 11:10 am

    Pears are one of my favorite fruits. This looks delicious!

  29. susan — January 24, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    super pretty, maria! i bought pears yesterday – hmmm may have make this!

  30. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 24, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    Looks so pretty and comforting.

  31. Amanda — January 24, 2011 @ 9:20 pm

    Gorgeous! Looks delicious! :)

  32. Tracey — January 24, 2011 @ 9:38 pm

    Galettes are my favorite – so simple, elegant and delicious! Your photos are beautiful Maria :)

  33. Beautiful spiral pattern on the galette. This is one of those rustic desserts that always looks really impressive.

    • twopeas replied: — January 25th, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

      Thanks Sylvie!

  34. Brian @ A Thought For Food — January 25, 2011 @ 8:36 am

    There is nothing simpler and more flavorful than a galette. Normally I do it with apples, but pears are just delightful!

  35. Amanda R — January 25, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    That looks absolutely delicious!

  36. Cookin' Canuck — January 25, 2011 @ 9:32 am

    Very pretty, Maria! With my pastry issues, galettes are right up my alley.

  37. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — January 25, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    I’ve never made a galette before but based off all the comments I think I need to add it to my list.

  38. Lori @ RecipeGirl — January 25, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    I love those big boxes of pears! The free form crust galette is perfect for me since I really suck at making pie crust.

  39. Feast on the Cheap — January 25, 2011 @ 4:02 pm

    Mmm, looks wonderful. One of my favorite wintry desserts is Cinnamon Pear Cake with Maple Brown Butter. Will have to give this one a whirl too!

  40. ann steinbach — January 25, 2011 @ 6:49 pm

    This galette looks terrific. I’ve never made one with pears. I need to make one!

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