Easy Pear Tart

by Pamela

Easy Pear Tart

This simple pear tart is a breeze to make and tastes of all the flavors of fall. With cinnamon and a maple syrup glaze, baked pears never tasted so good.

Pears seem to be everywhere right now, but do you take one look at them and say to yourself “what in the world am I going to do with pears?” While pears are great to eat out of hand, I very rarely buy them to eat like that. I’ll buy a bunch of apples. So I bake with pears. But the problem with that is it can be a lot of work. I like to make this other pear tart, but it takes a bit of time until the whole thing is finished. The time is totally worth it, but I don’t always have that kind of time.

This pear tart recipe is super simple to make, but looks like it took a long time to put together. Isn’t that the type of recipe we’re all looking for? This pear tart is perfect for a nice and light dessert to have with guests (which seem to be everywhere this time of year).

An Easy Pear Tart Recipe

When you make this pear tart it may seem a little strange to you at first. You simply pat the dough into the tart pan and place the pears on top. The magic happens when you bake it. The dough rises and surrounds the pears. So when it’s done baking it won’t look as stark as it does while you’re putting it together.

I used seckle pears for this tart. Seckle pears are those cute little pears you may have seen at the grocery store. Not only are they juicy, but they’re exceptionally sweet as well. You could use Bosc pears for this too. You just want a nice juicy pear for this recipe. I also just halved and cored the pears. If you really want to impress with this dessert, you could slice the pears and slightly fan them out in the dough.

I topped this tart with with maple syrup right after it came out of the oven. This gives the pears a nice glaze and the syrup seeps into the crust for even more flavor.

Here’s your recipe for an easy dessert this holiday season…an easy pear tart.

Easy Pear Tart
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This simple pear tart is a breeze to make and tastes of all the flavors of fall. With cinnamon and maple syrup glaze baked pears never tasted so good.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, plus more for tart pan
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 Seckle pears, peeled, halved and cored
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup grade B maple syrup
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Butter a 14" rectangular tart pan and set aside.
  3. In a medium sized bowl whisk flour, cinnamon and baking powder together. Set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer cream butter and sugar for 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until well combined.
  5. Slowly add flour mixture to creamed butter. Mix until thoroughly combined. You'll notice that the dough is really soft. It's supposed to be like that.
  6. Add dough to pan and use your fingers to push it around and evenly spread it into the pan and up the sides. You can flour your fingers to do this if you find the dough to be too sticky.
  7. Lay the pear halves onto the dough cut side down.
  8. Sprinkle the top of the tart, and pears, with the brown sugar.
  9. Bake for 45 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.
  10. Once you remove the tart from the oven, brush it with the maple syrup.
  11. Serve warm or cooled.



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John/Kitchen Riffs December 14, 2016 at 2:11 pm

We love pear season! And they’re so nice in baked goods, or at least I think so. Great looking tart — and I’ll bet it tastes better than it looks. BTW, I’m taking off the rest of the year, so I’d like to wish you happy holidays!

Pamela December 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Happy Holidays John!

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