Easy Pear Galette Recipe
A galette is a term used in French cuisine and is basically a freeform pie that is made on a flat surface and not in an actual pie plate. One of the benefits to making a galette (or ‘rustic tart’, as they are also known) rather than a pie is that they are expected to look imperfect, rustic, and slightly messy. This is perfect for when you need an impressive dessert but are low on time, or are new to pie-making.
The Minimalist Galette
While fruit pies are typically piled high with filling, galettes are quite the opposite. They are the low-key, minimalist cousin of the pie. With a crust that is rolled to 1/8″ thick and filling that is piled about an inch high, this rustic pear Galette is a low-profile dessert that is just enough to satisfy that post-dinner sweet tooth.
Rather than the heavily processed white sugar usually found in pie and tart fillings, this subtly sweet pear galette uses maple sugar for 2 reasons:
- Flavor, because maple wins over sickeningly sweet white sugar any day
- It is a cleaner, more natural ingredient
Paleo Galettes, a Truly Delicious Dessert
The galette in these photos has a sprinkling of organic cane sugar on the egg-washed crust. Because it’s such a small amount of sugar, and it adds interest to the look of the galette, I’m personally okay with it. However, the cane sugar can be replaced with extra maple sugar, it will just have a slightly different appearance and texture.
For Thanksgiving, I made a Paleo Apple Pie and because I made a lattice-top pattern instead of using a solid crust top, there was a substantial amount of pie crust leftover. Then a box of beautiful Harry & David pears arrived on our doorstep (thanks, Aunt Deb!) and it was like a sign. I’ve been wanting to make a galette for a while and that was just the motivation I needed.
If you’re primal, or simply just trying to avoid grains or gluten, but dairy is still on the menu, definitely add a dollop of sweetened whipped cream to your slice. But if you’re strict paleo and dairy-free, try this stabilized dairy-free whipped coconut cream from the Spunky Coconut.
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