We asked our Crisp Collaborator Laura Scherb to help us give our World Famous Bartlett pears a front and center stage, and she delivered. This Pear Frangipane Galette is a simple, but elegant recipe that works well with puff pastry or pre-made pie crusts. Perfect for a fall dinner party!
A Favorite Fall Dessert
I spent the month of September snacking my way through Italy with my husband. And I came home ready to bake up a storm and replicate the incredible flavors we experienced throughout our trip. One of the star ingredients that stood out to me the most while we were there was the humble pear, so you can imagine how thrilled I was to get a beautiful box of Stemilt Bartlett Pears in the mail the day we got home!
Bartlett pears are wonderful to use in baked goods — their flavor is so beautifully complex and their texture holds up well to cooking, poaching, and baking. As I debated what to make with my bounty, I kept landing on one of my favorite summer and fall desserts: the galette.
What is a Galette?
A galette is made by rolling out pie crust, placing it on a sheet tray, filling it with fruit, and then simply folding up the edges to keep the filling inside. Because it has less structure than a traditional pie, galette fillings need to be thicker to keep from flowing out of the crust.
Personally, as much as I love a good pie, I’d almost always rather be making galettes. They’re much easier and they have a rustic look that hides any flaws.
Stemilt pears are the perfect filling for a galette. They’re firm enough to hold their shape, but delicious enough to add flavor and texture to the galette without needing much doctoring up.
Flavors from Afar
When deciding what to put into the galette, I remembered a cake we ate at a tiny Florence bakery. It had a hazelnut flavored batter with pieces of pear throughout.
The hazelnut was the perfect compliment to the pear, and I wanted to try to recreate that in this dessert. I whipped up a batch of hazelnut frangipane as a base for the picturesque fans of Bartlett pear slices. The result: a galette fit for any fall table, whether on a beautiful fall day or a chilly, rainy evening.
Quick & Easy
First time making a Pear Frangipane Galette? I took a shortcut here using pre-made pie crust, and I feel no shame. In fact, this recipe would work well on puff pastry as well! And I’ll let you in on another secret. If you’re intimidated by making your own frangipane, just grab some online or at a specialty grocer near you! They are usually made with almonds instead of hazelnuts, but the flavor will be equally delicious with half of the work!
Watch my video below to help guide you through the making/baking process of a delicious fall pear Galette! If you tried this recipe, leave a comment below! We would love to hear how your dessert turned out and any advice you have for other fellow bakers!