For being the lesser-used cousin of an apple, we actually have quite a lot of pear recipes on our blog! From a pear tart, to pear cakes, pear puff pastries and pear baked oatmeal and even pear pizza, there are quite a few options for tasty pear recipes. Sometimes I get a little overzealous in planning how much fruit my family will eat and end up buying more than we’ll snack on, which is why I ended up making this simple yet delicious pear recipe.
One thing I learned about cooking during the five years I lived in France was to embrace simplicity. (In fact, this mentality permeates the culture in many refreshing ways!) When it comes to French cooking, the ingredients tend to be simple to let the main ingredient shine. In this recipe, pears have a unique flavor, so just a touch of sugar and applesauce help you enjoy the pear flavor to its maximum potential.
A galette is also a timely recipe since many French families enjoyed a “galette of the 3 kings” yesterday to celebrate epiphany. The key ingredients in that are a sweetened almond paste nestled in a pie crust. The tradition is to hide a small ceramic toy in the pie, and for everyone to carefully eat the pie in order to find the hidden toy. It’s interesting to me that we went as missionaries to France and came back celebrating more traditional holidays from the church calendar than we did before we left!
Here’s the simple recipe:
- 2 pears
- ⅓ cup applesauce
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 pre-made pie crust
- 1 egg, beaten
- Plus oil or cooking spray for the pan
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Peel the pears and then slice them into thin slices. Toss in a medium bowl with the applesauce and sugar.
- Grease a pie plate or rimmed cookie sheet with butter, oil or cooking spray.
- Lay the pie crust down on the pie plate/cookie sheet. Fill with pear mixture, leaving about 3-4" around the edges. Fold the edges up over the pear mixture. Brush with beaten egg. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on the edges. Remove from oven. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.