This pear tart recipe uses fresh pears and a few pantry staples to make a sweet, fruity, deliciously simple dessert completely from scratch. A simple, frugal, tasty way to use up some pears when they’re abundant and in season!
Easy Pear Tart Recipe
While I typically prefer eating seconds of the main dish instead of saving room for dessert, sometimes I just need something sweet. That’s usually when I call on my husband. Truthfully, he’s the real baker in the family. I do the cooking. He does the baking. Yes, I married a good one:)
He actually spent some time in culinary school and worked for a large baking and catering company in town. When we were dating, he had me hook line and sinker when I tried his homemade cheesecake. Oh wow! So good. I’m not saying that’s why I married him, but it sure didn’t hurt knowing that he knew his way around a kitchen!
But this week I decided to turn the tables a bit, and do some baking of my own by making this simple (but delicious) pear tart.
Simple Desserts Are Sometimes Best
Dessert recipes can’t be complicated if I’m the one making them. Truthfully, simple cooking is my style whether it involves sweets or not. I like to use familiar ingredients with only a few steps that still produce tasty results.
This pear tart recipe is one such simple dessert that starts with a buttery short dough crust that can be made in the food processor or by hand. The dough is soft and easy to work with when pressing it out in the cute little tart pan.
Then you simply arrange peeled and sliced fresh pears in a pretty fan pattern.
Finally, you sprinkle the buttery sugar topping on top and let it sink into the pears and make a shimmering sweet sauce as it bakes. Simple and delicious.
Pear Tart Recipe With Fresh Pears
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose Flour
- 1/4 teaspoons Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Sugar
- 8 Tablespoons unsalted Butter (or don’t add the salt if using salted)
- 1 Egg Yolk
- 2 Tablespoons Cold Water, or more if needed
- 3 Pears
- 2 Tablespoons Butter
- 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
- 3/4 cup Sugar
How to Make a Pear Tart
For the crust: Mix together the dry ingredients. Cut in butter and then mix in the egg yolk and water. It should be a stiff but workable dough ball.
Roll the dough with your hands or with a rolling pin out to about 9 inches on a floured surface or on a piece of parchment paper and place in tart pan or a pie pan if you don’t have a tart pan. Press dough evenly up the sides of the tart pan with your fingertips. Chill dough in the freezer while slicing the pears.
For the filling: Peel and slice pears. Remove crust from freezer and arrange pears in an overlapping fan pattern. Mix remaining flour, sugar and butter in a small bowl.
Cover the pears with the flour-sugar-butter mixture by crumbling it overtop. (You may not use all of the filling). You could also top it with sliced almonds if you prefer. Bake at 400ºF in the oven for approximately 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly and shiny. You may want to put a baking sheet under the tart while it’s baking to prevent the filling from bubbling into your oven.
For an extra special touch, top this Pear Tart with a dollop of homemade Whipped Cream. If you have some extra pears right now you need to try this Pear Tart Recipe! It’s so delicious and so simple.
More Fresh Pear Recipes
Do you have an abundance of pears right now? Here are some more pear dessert recipes to try!
- Pear Cookies
- Pear Chips with Cinnamon
- Upside Down Pear Walnut Cake
- Granny’s Fresh Pear Cake
- Peach Pear Frozen Yogurt
What are some of your favorite pear dessert recipes?
Or preserve your pears with the following recipes:
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Simple Pear Tart Recipe With Fresh Pears
This pear tart recipe uses fresh pears and a few pantry staples to make a sweet, fruity, deliciously simple dessert completely from scratch.
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tbsp cold water (or more if needed)
- 3 pears
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 3/4 cup sugar
For the Crust
Mix together the dry ingredients. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter and then mix in the egg yolk and water. It should be a stiff but workable dough ball.
Roll out to about 9 inches and place in tart pan. Press dough evenly up the sides of the tart pan with your fingertips. Chill dough in the freezer while slicing the pears.
For the Filling
Peel and slice pears. Remove crust from freezer and arrange pears in an overlapping fan pattern. Mix remaining flour, sugar and butter in a small bowl.
Cover the pears with the flour-sugar-butter mixture by crumbling it overtop. (You may not use all of the filling). Bake at 400ºF for approximately 35 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbly and shiny.
What are your favorite pear recipes? How else do you use fresh pears? Add to the list in the comments section below!