Galette is just a fancy French word meaning rustic pie and who doesn’t love a delicious homemade pie?! This pear galette recipe is made up of a perfectly vegan flakey pie crust and piled high with cinnamon ginger pear slices.
Team pie or team cake?
I’m definitely a team cake kinda girl. It’s hard for me to resist cakes or cupcakes at any given function. (especially carrot cake!)
When the weather gets chillier though, nothing beats a slice of warm pie topped with vanilla ice cream. I mean nothing comes close.
Pie season is among us and I’m so excited to share with you this vegan pear galette. So delicious sans all the butter. If you are searching for an easy, yet impressive dessert recipe for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, or the holiday season, look no further. I got you with this recipe.
Ingredients for pear galette
- Coconut oil
- Ice water
- Brown sugar
- Lemon juice
Last week I became low key obsessed with searching the internet for the perfect pie crust recipe. To no surprise, the internet is loaded with pie recipes and tips and tricks to making the best pie crust.
After TWO full hours of researching, I put my vegan pie crust idea to the test and it did not disappoint.
Flakey crust is key to a good tasting pie crust and I wasn’t sure how this would turn out given this recipe does not call for real butter. I took all the research and guesswork out of making a vegan pie crust so you don’t have to!
How to make vegan galette crust:
There’s tons of pie crust making methods on the internet. Use oil, use cold butter, be gentle with your hands, put it in a food processor, add vodka…. yes I said add vodka. I was looking for a pie crust method that would be easy to make for average bakers like myself.
Here are the key takeaways from my research and method:
- Keep the fat (in this case coconut oil) and water cold. My coconut oil was scoopable, so not rock solid either. I also filled a liquid measuring cup with cold water and ice cubes and popped it in the freezer 10 minutes before starting. If your coconut oil is liquid, you can stick that in the fridge before starting too.
- Keep your fat in large chunks. A lot of sources out there say the butter should be in “pea size pieces” but other sources say different size clumps are better. I added the solid coconut oil to my food processor and pulsed a couple of times before adding water.
- Rest, knead, roll, rest. Let the dough “rest” in the fridge in-between steps. Again, this is all to create a flakey crust.
See the noticeable pieces of coconut oil in my pie dough after it is rolled out? This is actually a good thing. It means the coconut oil has not fully melted and it will produce a flakey crust when baked.
Mix together all of the filling ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Easy peasy on this step!
Add the filling to the center of the rolled out crust and fold in the edges. This step does not need to look perfect as this is a rustic pie. Now it’s time to bake to perfection!
If you implement these tips I assure you your vegan crust will turn out as delicious as mine did. Baking is a science and each step plays a crucial part in the outcome. As I said though, I researched and found many different ways to make pie crust, so there’s no “perfect” way.
Best pears for baking
Bosc and Anjou varieties are ideal because they hold their texture and shape when baking. Bartlett pears are usually the most common in US grocery stores but shouldn’t really be used for baking!
Variations of pear galette
- If you want a more “buttery” taste in your crust, substitute with vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
- Substitute some pears with apples for a pear apple galette
- Swap out the AP flour with a GF blend to make this recipe gluten-free!
Perfectly flakey crust and the pears are so delicious with cinnamon, ginger, and vanilla. This is such a cozy dessert for any occasion. Since a traditional galette is rustic, there’s no need to have a perfectly round dough and the edges do not need to be perfect. In fact, that’s what makes a galette a galette!
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- 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon cane sugar (plus extra for top of crust before baking - optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil solid
- 8 Tablespoons ice water
- 3 pears sliced (about 2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (about 1/4 lemon squeezed)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- If coconut oil is not solid, put in the fridge to solidify. Put a cup of water with ice cubes in the freezer.
- In the food processor, add flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse 2-3 times.
- Add solid coconut oil and pulse until there are pea-sized pieces of coconut oil.
- Add ice water 1 Tablespoons at a time until dough-like consistency (it took me about 5 Tablespoons).
- Using a rubber spatula, pour the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap the dough into ball and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.
- Remove dough from fridge and place on a lightly floured countertop. Knead the dough a few times. Using a rolling pin, roll out into 1/8" thick, 8-10" diameter circle. Transfer to a greased baking sheet.
- In a medium mixing bowl, add all the ingredients for the filling and mix well.
- Place pear slices in a circular pattern. Make sure to tightly pack the pears in because they shrink a bit when baking. Leave a 1/2-3/4 inch border around the pie dough.
- Gently fold edges of pie dough towards the center around all the sides. Sprinkle cane sugar on top of crust and on top of pear filling.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes.
- Let cool for at least 10-15 minutes before cutting. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.
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