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This Caramel Pear Galette is one of those dessert recipes that will have you wondering where it’s been your whole life. If you’re new to using pears in your desserts, welcome to a flavorful addition. One thing is for certain – this pear galette recipe is one that will forever have you craving it! 

circular pear pastry dessert on parchment paper with ice cream on top

Rustic Pear Pie

A galette is basically fruit on top of a pastry. It’s similar to a pie but doesn’t have a top crust or a lot of other added ingredients. Galettes can even be savory! A pear galette is like pear pie or apple pie, but free form instead of rigid – it’s the relaxed cousin to the rigid brother.

When I make this pear galette recipe, I love enjoying it for brunch, dessert, or even sometimes breakfast with a piping hot cup of coffee. The flakey crust is perfect with the sweet pears, spices, and caramel.

ingredients in pear galette on counter.

Ingredients in Pear Galette

  • Pie crust: Choose your favorite crust from the store. Having a premade crust saves so much time. Or use my homemade all butter pie crust!
  • Pears: You’ll need about two ripe pears – use your favorite pears, like Bartlett or Bosc pears.
  • Lemon juice: Cuts the sweetness and adds a freshness.
  • Brown sugar: Adds sweetness to the recipe. Pack it tightly when you’re measuring it. 
  • Cinnamon: Cinnamon and pears are perfect together. 
  • Ground nutmeg: Don’t skip this – it’s so good! 
  • Salted caramel, plus more for garnish: You can never have too much caramel.
  • Egg wash: For the edges of the crust. 

How to make a Pear Galette

  • Stir the seasonings: Stir the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a small bowl. 
  • Slice the pears: Cut the pears 1 mm thick and then add them to a bowl. Toss the sliced pears with lemon juice and the sugar mixture. 
  • Prepare the pie crust: Roll out the pie crust on parchment paper. Try to make it into a 12-inch circle. 
  • Add the pears: Put the pears in the galette from the center towards the edges, leaving a 2-inch border. Drizzle with caramel. 
  • Fold the edges: Fold the edges of the crust up over the pears. Brush the edge with egg wash. 
  • Bake: Put the pan in the oven and bake for 28-32 minutes. Let cool, and then drizzle on more caramel sauce as needed. Serve warm and enjoy. 
circular pear pastry dessert on parchment paper

Expert Tips

  • Pear galette can be served in a variety of ways: Top it with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or even some more caramel drizzle. 
  • To keep these pear galettes fresh, store them in the fridge in an airtight container. Eat within 3 days.
  • Freezing this tart is okay, but you may find that the pears unthaw and are quite mushy. 


What makes a galette a galette?

A galette is a galette because there aren’t any rules. You don’t have to make it on a pie plate, a plan, or anything else. It’s just basically an open-face fruit dessert. 

How do you keep the bottom of a galette from getting soggy? 

If you’re worried that the bottom of the crust is going to be soggy, you can actually prebake the crust before adding the fruit. 

Draining off any excess fruit juice is also a must. 

Why are my pears crunchy after baking? (Be sure to cut them thin)
The key to not having crunchy pears is to cut them thin so that they cook quickly and easily. Try to make each pear slice as uniform as possible. 

What pear is best for pie?

Anjou pears or Barlett pears are going to be the best options. They have great sweetness and flavor and hold their shape well when cooked. 

circular pear pastry dessert on parchment paper with ice cream on top

Caramel Pear Galette

5 from 4 votes
Pear Galette is a pastry dessert filled with sweet pears!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 pound pears Bosc; approximately 2 pears
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • cup (67g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons salted caramel plus more for garnish
  • Egg Wash for brushing
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  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • Stir together brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  • Slice pears 1/16-inch (1mm) thick. Place in a large bowl and toss with lemon juice, then add sugar mixture and toss to coat.
  • Roll out pie crust on a large piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Roll dough into a 12-inch circle.
  • Arrange the pears (without any juices) in the center of the pie crust circle, leaving a 2-inch border. Drizzle with caramel (just over the pears).
  • Fold up the edges gently and place over the pears, overlapping as necessary. Brush with egg wash.
  • Bake 28-32 minutes, or until golden. Let cool to room temperature and drizzle with additional caramel before serving.
  • Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Recipe Notes

  • Be sure to slice the pears very thin so they cook all the way.
  • Use homemade caramel, salted caramel, or even buy it from the store.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 107mg | Potassium: 105mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Dorothy Kern

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