Pear Necessities, French Anjou Galette

 Did you know that December is National Pear Month? I hear you: “National Pear Month?” on top of “Christmas,” “Hanukkah,” and “New Years”!?  Worry not, as this French Anjou Galette recipe will not disappoint for any occasion.

I learned this one from my nephews, Bastien, Nicolas, and Stephane, who are studying “Patisserie” in Lyon, France. I’m insanely jealous; it doesn’t help that they’re already uber-talented and accomplished. It’s a secret hope of mine that they make it to the states and open a 3-brothers bakery.  For now…I’ll  settle for virtual dessert sharing and French anjou galettes!

French Anjou Galette

In honor of my french nephews, I chose the French anjou pear for this gallete, but there are a ton of US varietals that will work with this recipe, so don’t feel pressured to stick with the French pear.

French Anjou Galette

The true show-stopper for the recipe here is the frangipane (a funny little French word that translates to “a sweet filling of butter, sugar, eggs, and almond”).  This heavenly filling complements nearly any fruit combination!

The great thing about it is that you can make it, and save any extraneous frangipane in the fridge. My kids can eat this goodness on its own – and understandably so. I prefer it as a dipping for sliced fruit (but am also not averse to a spoonful here and there).

First, toast those almonds; it helps release their oils and crank up their flavor.  The next step is putting together an easy, flaky galette dough.

We’ve saved the best for last! The assembly portion of the dessert. We’ve gone ahead and listed the directions out step-by-step.


  1. Roll the dough (dust your surface with a dash of flour so it won’t stick) into a rough circle
  2. Layer on that almond cream goodness- frangipane – leaving about a 1″ border
  3. Pinch and fold in the sides and sprinkle with fresh nutmeg
  4. Lightly give the dough an egg washing, and sprinkle again some sanding sugar
  5. Bake
  6. Brush with apricot jam to give a nice brand-speaking-new shimmer and shine

French Anjou Galette

I realize it’s a tall order to say this is a ‘December recipe,’ given the plethora of food one generally is expected to make during the month.  But, if you are adventurous in the kitchen, be sure to give this French anjou galette a try.  Your inner Parisian will be proud.  As Julia Child would say – Bon Appetit!

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Pear Anjou Tart

By TheSweetNerd  

November 24, 2016

  • Prep: 45 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins



2 cups flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 T sugar

6 oz cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1/3 to 1/2 cup water as needed


5 1/2 oz toasted almonds

5 1/2 oz butter

5 1/2 oz sugar

1 egg yolk

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

pinch salt


3-4 Anjou pears sliced

Dash nutmeg

Egg wash or heavy cream

Turbinado sugar

Apricot jam to finish



1Mix flour, salt, and sugar together in a bowl. Cut butter by hand or with fork until mixture resembles course meal. Sprinkle in ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and toss with flour mixture until you can bring the dough together into a ball by hand. Press it into 2 disks, saran, and refrigerate for 15 minutes.


1Toast almonds. Grind sugar and almonds in food processor. Add remaining ingredients and mix until blended.


1Slice pears (rub with lemon to prevent browning)

Assemble & Bake

1Lightly sprinkle surface with flour to prevent sticking. Roll out dough into a circular shape. Spread the apricot preserve onto the dough leaving a 1” border. Spread the frangipane over the preserves and arrange the pears in a decorative fashion. Next, fold the edge of the dough over itself to create a rustic look (slightly pinch). Brush with eggwash or heavy cream (or both) on the rims; sprinkle wet dough with turbinado sugar and grate fresh nutmeg over the pears. Bake the galette for 40-45 minutes or until done at 350. Rotate the baking sheet halfway through until the crusts are browned. Right when it comes out of the oven, brush a bit more apricot preserve on the pears to make them glisten! Let cool before serving. Galettes can be covered and kept at room temperature for 1 day.


French Anjou Galette

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