For the Love of Pears

When a box from Harry & David arrives at the front door, we know that it is full of delicious pears from a thoughtful Maine friend. As soon as the box is opened, the hubby starts right in slicing one to enjoy.

What I like about pears is their versatility. They can be used in a salad, roasted with vegetables, poached for a simple dessert, served with warm Brie as an appetizer. Heck, I even use them in my morning smoothie.

As many ways as I have used pears, I’ve not tried them in a galette. In a crust filled to the brim with fruit, it is one of my favorite desserts. So, I thought, there’s no better time than now to try one with pears.

Three pears were peeled, cored, coarsely chopped and piled into the middle of a pie crust. Pears have such a natural sweetness I added no sugar but to add a little zip they were sprinkled with ground ginger, craisins and some lemon zest.

With ingredients in place, the edges of the pie crust were crimped and folded over the fruit. To finish it off, I made a crumb topping of butter, flour, sugar and ginger.

With fingers crossed for a good outcome, the galette was popped into the oven and cooked for about 25 minutes, time enough for the crust to brown nicely.

Simple enough, and there wasn’t so much as a crumb left. While this one was guesswork, it proved that you can improvise and come out OK. Sometimes making it up as you go along yields good results and adds a bit of fun to everyday cooking.

18 thoughts on “For the Love of Pears

  1. Oh, Linda, I love pears! Haven’t had one for such a long time. Would love tasting your magnificent pear treat!!

  2. Andrykovitz Carol January 14, 2022 — 7:09 am

    This was a delicious looking galette. I would never have thought of using ginger. Very creative!
    I think about you more often now that I am back in SC and I look forward to your return.

    1. Phil liked it so much I had to make another one that we didn’t share!

  3. I love pears and your recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. The galette was as easy to make as it was tasty.

  4. I just ate one for breakfast yesterday… and I have more! And guess what… I have some homemade pie crust in the fridge. I was saving it for a Lemon Pie as I was just given some Meyer Lemons… oh my what to do??
    This looks scrumptious!

    1. Hmmm, that would be a hard decision as you can’t beat a pie made with Meyer lemons.

  5. Beautiful result. I love to improvise!

    1. Me too. Using whatever you have on hand can result in some tasty dishes.

  6. Harry & David fruit boxes are such a wonderful and tasty gift! I adore pears and you’re right, there are so many ways to enjoy them…I think my favorite way is on a flatbread with bacon and bleu cheese. Your galette sounds wonderful!

    1. You’ve hit on a favorite combination. All done I like throwing arugula on top.

  7. Linda, it looks delicious and would be perfect with my afternoon cappuccino! I have received those pears before, so delicious!

    1. I’d love sharing a piece with you.

  8. You are an amazing innovative cook!
    This galette looks scrumptious!
    Did you make the pie crust or ?!!
    (I sometimes “cheat” and buy a quality one!)
    I do the same with a clafouti.
    The filling is the Star!
    Yum yum.

    1. No, I didn’t make the pie crust but Pillsbury is a good substitute.

  9. This looks really delicious! I can certainly see why there wasn’t a crumb left!

    1. Thanks. It tasted even better than it looks!

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