This Salted Caramel Pear Galette is a show-stopping fall dessert! Flaky, buttery pie crust is filled with fresh, tender, sweet pears – all topped off with a simple homemade salted caramel sauce. Don’t forget the vanilla ice cream!
This is fall baking at it’s finest! I LOVE LOVE LOVE pie and I might love galettes even more – if that’s possible. Here’s why:
- They’re easier to make than a pie
- You can make a galette faster than a pie
- Galettes are open-faced meaning you get to see all that beautiful fruit inside
- They’re so customizable – you can put almost any type of fruit or non-fruit filling inside – see this Mixed Vegetable Galette, this Peach Nectarine Galette, and this Classic Blueberry Cherry Galette
If you’re intimidated by pie crust, don’t be! Like I said, a galette is easier than a whole pie so this is a good place to start. And, I wrote a whole post last year detailing everything I know about pie crust – including troubleshooting tips for every pie crust problem I could think of! Find it here – How to Make Perfect Pie Crust. The most important part is keeping those chunks of butter throughout the dough – that’s what will produce the most amazing flaky crust when it bakes!
How to Make a Pear Galette
Once you’ve got your dough rolled out, we’re going to mix up the fruit filling! It’s as simple as stirring together some sliced pears, lemon juice, sugar, and spices.
Line them up on the dough, leaving an inch or two around the edge. Fold the edges over – this does not need to be perfect – a galette is meant to be more rustic than a pie!
Brush the crust with egg wash and coarse raw sugar for a beautiful golden sheen and a nice crunch on your crust.
Once the galette is done, you can serve it as is, with some vanilla ice cream – a classic option.
Or, you can add a modern twist by adding homemade salted caramel sauce on top! Drizzle it over the whole galette just before serving, or set it out in a jar with a spoon and let your family/friends/guests drizzle it on themselves. You can of course have both ice cream AND caramel – I would never make you choose between the two.
So, to sum up, make this galette and love it, and bask in the fall glory of pears – which are, in my opinion, a completely underrated fall treat! I love pumpkin and apple, but pears deserve our love too. Happy baking!!
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Caramel Pear Galette
For the Crust
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour can sub all-purpose flour
- 1 TBSP granulated or cane sugar
- 8 TBSP salted butter, cold, cut into chunks
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3-5 TBSP cold water
- 1/4 cup full-fat sour cream
For the Pear Filling
- 4 medium pears, thinly sliced
- 2 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp salt
For the Salted Caramel Sauce
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 6 TBSP salted butter
- 1/2 cup + 1 TBSP heavy cream
- pinch of flaky sea salt
- Make the galette crust: In a medium/large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut the cold butter into chunks and add to the bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, until the pieces of butter are pea-sized. Add the cold water and the sour cream, and start gently mixing it into the dough with a fork. Once the mixture starts to resemble a dough, use your hands to gently work it into a ball. Flatten the ball slightly into a thick disc of dough, wrap tightly in plastic wrap, and chill in the freezer for 45 minutes.
- Make the Caramel Sauce: Find my Easy Salted Caramel Sauce recipe here. Make it while the dough chills. Set the caramel aside to thicken up while you return to finishing the galette.
- Make the filling: While the dough chills, gently stir together all the filling ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Roll the crust: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Get out a large round pizza pan or a large cookie sheet and line with parchment paper. Flour the counter and the rolling pin and remove the dough from the freezer. If you froze it longer than 45 minutes it may need to sit out for 5-10 minutes before you can roll it. This will prevent the dough from cracking too much. Take off the plastic wrap. Begin rolling out the dough, gently, turning continuously so it doesn't stick to the counter. Be patient and gently here - we're not trying to stretch the dough all the way out in a few passes of the rolling pin! That leads to tougher dough, and cracking of the dough. Once the dough is about 12-14 inches in diameter, gently roll it onto the rolling pin and transfer it onto the prepared baking sheet. (See note)
- Assemble: Lay the pears on the dough, leaving 2 inches around the outer edge. I made three circles, starting with the outside edge and working my way to the center. Fold the edges of the crust up over the filling, working in small sections. This is a rustic dessert - it doesn't have to look perfect!
- Bake: Beat an egg in a small dish and add a splash of milk - this is your egg wash. Brush it over the pie crust and then sprinkle the crust with coarse/raw sugar. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and sounds solid/crisp when tapped (it shouldn't be soft).
- Serve and store: Slice and serve the galette immediately, with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Store leftovers, covered tightly, at room temp for up to 2 days. The crust will lose some of it's crisp-ness after this so it's best to eat it the first day!
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