Fontina, Pear and Caramelized Onion Galette

Savory galettes and tarts are a favorite of mine. I make them frequently and there's nothing better than a little slice with with a glass of wine. Or for lunch. Or a lovely first course at a dinner party. This one was, along with a salad, served as our dinner.
The cornmeal in the rustic, buttery crust added just the right texture in your mouth alongside the lovely melted fontina (love that cheese!) and fresh herbs. The sweetness of the pears and
 caramelized onions balanced it all off beautifully. I think your family will really enjoy this recipe, kids included, especially if they have adventuresome palates! (Well, galettes sort of look like pizza, right?)

Fontina, Pear and Caramelized Onion Galette
By Ali from Alexandra’s Kitchen

(Recipe makes two galettes)

For Cornmeal Dough:
9 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups flour
1/3 cup medium or fine grind yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup ice-cold water

For Caramelized Onions:

2 tablespoons butter
4 cups onion slices (about 3 to 4 small to medium onions)
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

For Galettes:

2 cups (8 ounces) Fontina Cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon pepper, freshly cracked
2 small rounds cornmeal galette dough
1 cup caramelized onions
2 pears, thinly sliced

1 egg yolk mixed with 1 teaspoon milk or cream


For Cornmeal Dough:
Cut butter into small cubes and place in freezer for approximately 5 minutes.
In food processor, pulse flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt until blended. Add butter and pulse until butter is size of small peas. Add ice water. Pulse at 1-second intervals until dough starts to form, about 10 seconds total. 
Scoop half of dough onto center of sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap, forming dough into ball and pressing into disk: chill. Repeat with remaining dough. Refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour.

For Caramelized Onions:

Heat butter over medium heat in large sauté pan. Add onions with pinch of salt. Cook, covered, 15 minutes.
Remove cover, stir and increase heat slightly. Continue to cook another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to reduce sticking. Cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes, stirring more frequently until onions have turned a nice deep brown.
Add vinegar, turn off heat and scrape bottom of pan with wooden spoon or spatula to remove any browned bits. Remove pan from heat and transfer onions to large bowl to cool.

For Galettes:

Preheat oven to 375ºF. In small bowl, combine Fontina, salt, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Set aside.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper. On lightly floured work surface, roll each dough round into 8- to 10-inch circle. Use flour as needed to prevent sticking and pat dough together if it crumbles. Fold each round into quarters and transfer to prepared baking pan.
Unfold one galette round and top with layer of caramelized onions, leaving 2-inch border exposed. Cover onions with layer of pears. Top with layer of herb-Fontina mixture. Lift edges of dough and fold them inward, pleating as you go, to form folded-over border, pinching together any tears. Brush egg-yolk mixture over exposed crust. Repeat assembly with remaining galette. Chill assembled galettes 15 minutes.

Bake until crust has browned and Fontina has melted, 35 to 45 minutes. Allow to cool 10 minutes on the parchment, then slide carefully onto a serving platter.


  1. Very pretty and definitely lunch or dinner with a salad and a glass of wine. I'm seeing more and more cornmeal dough lately, which is fine with me.

  2. Ilove savory galettes! And this look georgeous!

  3. Pizzas ..galettes..breads:) My weak spot..Looks wonderful!

  4. I love galettes so much and would seriously be happy to make a meal of one :)


  5. This galette looks sensational! I think I'll have to start bookmarking your whole blog, Barbara!

  6. I just bought pears but need to get some Fontina cheese to try this lovely galette. It looks really delicious, Barbara. I'd better get busy while I still have fresh herbs growing!

  7. I love the combo of flavours in this galette! It looks scrumptious.

  8. I am a fan of savories and I am loving this galette.

  9. Splendid and extremely mouthwatering! This is a tasty combination.



  10. This sounds like a perfect fall lunch (with the salad and the wine, of course)!

  11. i made a flatbread and topped it very similarly to this. it was delicious and i know this was too!

  12. Dear Barbara, This would be wonderful with the sweetness of the pears and the savory flavors. I simply know I would love it. Blessings, Catherine

  13. Dear Barbara,

    The Galette sounds delicious and would be really nice with the salad and a glass of wine.
    Happy day

  14. Wow Barbara...this galette sound and look delicious...I like that you paired cheese and pear...yum!
    Enjoy your week, and thanks for there recipe :D

  15. What a delicious galette, pear and caramelised onions go perfectly together :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  16. What a scrumptious galette!! i love it!



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