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whole pear galette with vanilla ice cream on top.

Ginger Pear Galette

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This juicy, jammy ginger pear galette combines slices of pear and bits of crystallized ginger with a super flaky, golden brown all-butter pie crust. Assembling it couldn’t be easier, and there’s no need to wait hours for it to cool before slicing. Prepare your dough at least 1 hour ahead of time, so it has time to chill in the refrigerator.



  • 1 and 1/2 cups (188gall-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for work surface
  • 2 Tablespoons (25ggranulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (115g; stick) cold unsalted butter, cubed*
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) ice-cold water, plus more as needed
  • egg wash: 1 large egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon (15ml) milk
  • optional: coarse sugar


  • 45 cups (about 500g) pear slices (about 4 pears, peeled and sliced 1/4-inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons crystallized ginger, finely chopped*
  • 2 Tablespoons (15g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (or orange juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch salt


  1. Make the crust: Whisk the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium bowl. Using a pastry cutter or 2 forks, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse pea-sized crumbs. Add the water and stir until the flour is moistened. Add 1–2 more Tablespoons of water if the dough seems dry. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and, using your hands, work the dough into a ball. Flatten it into a thick disc. Wrap the dough disc in plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour, and up to 3 days.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the pear filling: Gently toss the filling ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined. Cover and refrigerate until step 4.
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Clear some shelf space in your refrigerator because the shaped galette must chill in step 6. (See recipe Note below.)
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 12-inch circle—it doesn’t have to be perfect. Transfer dough to the prepared baking sheet. (You can also roll the dough out right on the parchment paper or silicone baking mat that you are using to line the baking pan. If doing so, lightly flour the parchment paper or baking mat.)
  5. Spoon the fruit and any juices into the center of the dough, leaving a 3-inch border of dough all around the filling. You can simply spoon the filling on, or arrange the pear slices in a more deliberate design, such as concentric circles. Gently fold the edges of the dough over the filling, overlapping the dough as necessary. Press gently to seal the edges. Brush the crust edges generously with egg wash and sprinkle the crust with coarse sugar, if desired.
  6. Refrigerate the shaped galette for at least 15–20 minutes as the oven preheats (next step), and up to 8 hours. If refrigerating for longer than 1–2 hours, cover it lightly. The galette will lose its shape if it’s not cold when it hits the oven.
  7. Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).
  8. Bake galette until the crust is golden brown, about 30–35 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Tastes wonderful served warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
  9. Cover and store leftover galette in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.


  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Both the dough and filling can be made ahead of time and chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months after preparing it in step 1. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before rolling out and filling.
  2. Butter: Make sure your cubed butter is very cold. I like to chill it in the freezer for about 15 minutes ahead of time.
  3. Crystallized Ginger: This can also be known as candied ginger. Feel free to reduce the amount or leave it out completely. If you skip it, I recommend keeping the ground ginger in the recipe. And you can increase the ground cinnamon in the recipe to 3/4 teaspoon for a little extra flavor.
  4. Pears: Feel free to leave the peels on the pears if you’d like. Peeling is optional. I like to use Anjou (red or green), Bartlett (red or green), or Bosc pears in this galette. To avoid a mushy filling, look for pears that are slightly firm. Feel free to swap the pears for apples, to make a ginger apple galette. To make a pear cranberry galette, remove 1 cup pears and add 1 cup fresh cranberries.
  5. Chilling shaped galette before baking: Chilling the shaped galette in the refrigerator in step 6 helps it maintain its shape in the oven. I usually refrigerate it for 15 minutes as the oven preheats. If your refrigerator doesn’t have room for your baking sheet, or you’re nervous about transferring a cold metal baking sheet to a hot oven (which can cause warping), try this: Assemble the galette on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, then lift the parchment/baking mat with galette as a whole directly onto a shelf in the refrigerator. After chilling, when ready to bake, carefully lift up and place the entire parchment/baking mat with galette onto the baking sheet.

Keywords: pear galette