A perfect pastry for brunch or a cold winter morning, the galette is a term used in French cuisine to refer to types of flat round or free-form crusty cakes, including the Cherry-Pear Gallette. This particular recipe is often used in the long-time culinary tradition of presenting individual tarts to guests on New Year’s Eve.

This version features Sunsweet Premium Varietal Dried Cherries. You can also use any fresh or frozen cherry varieties — they’re packed full of antioxidants, which studies suggest may reduce risk factors for heart disease.

A Healthy Indulgence: Try The Cherry-Pear Gallette

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

A Healthy Indulgence: Try The Cherry-Pear Gallette


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 ripe but firm pears, peeled, cored and sliced
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 (5 ounce) bag Sunsweet Premium Varietal Dried Cherries
  • Pastry dough for 1 pie crust (such as Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust)
  • Beaten egg and coarse sugar (optional)


Stir brown sugar and cinnamon together in a large bowl; add pear slices and toss until coated with mixture. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over high heat. When very hot, add pears and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 to 4 minutes or until brown sugar has turned thick and syrupy. Transfer back to bowl and stir in cornstarch and cherries. Roll dough into 6 equal balls. Roll each ball into a 6-inch circle on a lightly floured board. Place equal amounts of fruit in the center of each and bring the edges up to form a shell. Pinch lightly to secure dough around fruit. Brush with egg and sprinkle with coarse sugar, if desired. Bake on a parchment-lined baking sheet for 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Best served warm.


Recipe courtesy of Sunsweet.

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