Rustic Pear Tart

Let’s face it, most pear tart recipes are complicated.  You have to make the dough, then let it rest.  Next you have to pre-bake the crust, or maybe go out and get some frozen puff pastry. I’ve even seen recipes calling for making the puff pastry at home (not happening).   Or, there are recipes requiring a traditional full-blown pie crust.  I have a lovely apple pie recipe I hardly ever make because it’s just too much fussing.  This rustic pear tart, on the other hand, is fairly easy and straightforward.

You don’t have to crimp the edges, or pre-bake the crust. You don’t even have to cook the pears in advance. I saw one recipe that had 22 steps! Nope. Nope. Nope. This recipe is much easier than that! There are only six steps.  Much better! The active time is about 15 minutes of work, and the whole thing is done in about an hour and a half (including resting in the fridge and baking).

First you make the dough. That’s only six basic ingredients you likely already have at home.  Then, you let it cool in the refrigerator for an hour, and press out the dough into a roughly circular shape. Next, add the fruit, sprinkle the spices on top, and bake.

I’ve made this tart with pears, because I had some extremely ripe pears I wanted to use up. If you don’t have pears, or would rather use something else, apples will work beautifully too. And, both are in season now.  Once summer comes back around, you might try it with peaches or maybe plums too.

The original recipe (which I cut in half) required a food processor. If you don’t have one, you can use a pastry cutter or two sharp knives instead. I have included instructions for both.




Rustic Pear Tart Substitutions and Variations

  • Don’t have pears? Make this with apples instead (or try peaches in the summer)
  • Add some green cardamom to the tart (along with the other spices)
  • Replace some of the flour with ground almond meal
  • Add a little Reisling or other dessert wine to the filling
  • Top with slivered almonds




More Pear Dessert Recipes

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Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce and Ice Cream

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Small Batch Ginger Pear Bread

I’ve been craving pear bread ever since I saw some in the store the other day.  Funny how that happens. The store version was much too big for one person, so I ran to the Internet.  I started out thinking I would make the Smitten Kitchen pear bread recipe.  But, that turned out to make two loaves. I’d never be able to eat two loaves of bread before it went stale.  Even a single, full-size loaf was more than I wanted, especially for an experiment.  So I kept looking.  Then I found that  Desserts for Two had a banana bread recipe that, with some tweaking, would do nicely.  So, ginger pear bread was born.

I didn’t want to play around with reducing the sugar, but I was concerned that 3 tablespoons of sugar plus the honey plus the pears would be too sweet. So, I balanced the sweetness of the pears with the bite of some cinnamon and a bit of ground ginger.  Ginger is both sweet and spicy, depending on what other flavors you combine it with.

I topped the whole thing with some chopped almonds for a bit of nutty crunch.  They were supposed to go in the bread mixture, but I forgot!




One warning though, when you finish mixing the combined ingredients, the result will look a bit odd before you bake it.  However, the finished bread is delicious.

Substitutions and Variations for Ginger Pear Bread

  • If you like, revert back to the original and use bananas instead of pears
  • I used almonds, but walnuts or pecans would work too
  • Add more ginger, or some candied ginger for more bite

More Small Batch Dessert Recipes

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A sweet treat that’s elegant and surprisingly fuss-free.  Gently cook the pears, drizzle with chocolate sauce, and top with ice cream.

 

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Standard crepes are hard to make. This one is easy. Hint: it’s not really a crepe.

 

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Cousin to Bananas Foster, this dish takes only five minutes to make. You don’t need the fancy brandy either.

 

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A moist, sweet (but not too sweet), treat packed with chunks of apples and topped with crackly cinnamon sugar. It’s been down-scaled, so it’s the perfect amount for one person.