Dec 01, 2021, Updated Dec 26, 2022
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This recipe is sponsored by USA Pears.
If you want a treat that’s both classy and delicious, look no further than Pear Galette. This pastry from across the pond will quickly become a family favorite. It’s perfect for celebrating special occasions or making an ordinary day into a memorable one. Using bosc pears from USA Pears, you can make a sweet and fruity pastry that will delight and impress!
What is a Galette?
If you’ve never heard of this tasty pastry before, it’s time to try making one for yourself! A galette is a type of traditional French puff pastry. Generally, they are made with a flakey crust and a sweet surprise hidden inside, but all a galette needs to be a galette is a flat, round base of bread or dough. Ours features crunchy walnuts and sweet pears on top.
Don’t let its heritage frighten you! While many home cooks consider French cuisine the territory of professional chefs, that couldn’t be further from the truth – especially in the case of the galette. This European favorite is one of the easiest pastries to whip up in your own kitchen.
How to Arrange Pears in a Galette
Our Pear Galette is simple to make! There’s no need to make the pastry base from scratch. We simply used a premade pie crust. Bosc pears, walnut crumble, and maple glaze completes the galette.
So how should you fit all those tasty pears onto your galette? There’s no need to make a fancy design – but there is a good way to make them delicious and easy to eat. Start by slicing each pear in half and removing the cores. Cut each of the halves lengthwise into thin slices, but don’t separate them.
When you’re done, simply try to fill as much of the pie crust with the pears with few gaps between them. Leave about a one-inch border around the pears and fill in the crevices between them with the walnut crumble mixture.
How to Make Pear Galette
- 4 medium bosc pears
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 premade pie crust
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- 5 tbsp butter melted
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- For the maple glaze: In a small bowl, combine 2 tbsp of melted butter and the maple syrup together in a small bowl. Set aside.
- For the crumble: Combine remaining melted butter (3 tbsp), flour, chopped walnuts, brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon and salt in a medium-size bowl. Stir with a fork until ingredients are combined and wet crumbles form. Set aside.
- On a cutting board, cut the pears lengthwise in 2 halves, removing the cores. Slice into ¹⁄₁₆-inch thick slices. Slice all the way through, but keep the pear halves together.
- Lay the pie crust on the prepared baking sheet and arrange the pear halves on top, separating the slices to cover the center of the crust, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge.
- Place crumble mixture into crevices between pears and into any open areas along the perimeter of the pears. Try to keep most of the sliced pears exposed for a pretty presentation.
- Fold the edge of the crust over the pears.
- Beat the egg in a small bowl, then brush over the crust. Sprinkle coarse sugar on top of the egg wash.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Take out and lightly brush on the maple-glaze. Cook for another 5-7 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
Making a Tasty Pastry with USA Pears
Your Pear Galette deserves the best fruit possible, so look for USA Pears in your local produce section. Representing small family farms in Washington and Oregon, USA Pears supplies around 87 percent of the fresh pears grown in the US.
Using the best of technology and agricultural know-how, USA Pears is on a mission to produce the world’s best pears. Passionate growers tend orchards in the hospitable climate of the Pacific Northwest. Here, pear trees grow in the rich soil of the Yakima or Rogue River Valley or in fields fed by snowmelt from the Cascade Mountains. This region is famous for the many kinds of fruit it produces. Bite into one of these juicy pears and you’ll see why!
Did your Pear Galette bring some smiles to the table? What did your friends and family think of this classic pastry? Let us know in the comments!