Pear and Caramel Tart is a glorious combination of seasonal pears, sweet caramel and softly whipped cream in a crisp, buttery shortcrust pastry pie shell. Autumn brings us a feast of beautiful fruits ripe and ready to eat. I love apples and plums, but there is something rather special about a perfectly ripe pear that is difficult to beat.
I loved the way the fresh pears cut through the sweetness of the caramel, and the crisp pastry added texture, the Pear and Caramel Tart was a big success that I would definitely make it again.
How to cheat at Pear and Caramel Tart
This is already a very simple dessert recipe as it uses canned caramel (dulce de leche) however if you want to make it even quicker, here are some ways you can do that:
- Use a ready-made shortcrust pastry
- Buy a ready-baked sweet pastry shell
- Use canned pears (drain them well and dry on kitchen paper)
- Use a can of ‘squirty’ whipped cream
You could have a cheats version on the table in about 5 minutes!
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Pear and Caramel Tart
For the Shortcrust Pastry
- 225 g plain flour
- 150 g butter diced
- 25 g caster sugar
- 1 whole egg
For the filling
- 397 g can of caramel dulce de leche
- 3 ripe pears
- 150 ml double cream
- 2 squares of chocolate
Make the pastry
- Put the flour into a bowl and add the pieces of butter. Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like breadcrumbs.
- Add the sugar and stir into the mixture, then add the egg and mix to form a dough. You can add a little water if the pastry is not coming together.
- Wrap in clingfilm and put in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- Remove from the fridge and roll out to fit 28cm/11 in loose bottomed flan tin.
- To bake the pastry, cover with baking paper and fill with baking beans, dried beans or rice.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4 for 20 minutes, then remove the beans and paper and return to the oven for a further 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
- Leave to cool
- While the pastry case is cooling, peel and half the pears, removing the seeds and stalk.
- Whip the cream until it will stand up in soft peaks
- Fill the pastry case with the can of caramel or dulce de leche, spreading evenly.
- Arrange the pear halves evening around the tart
- Using a piping bag with a 1M nozzle, pipe rosettes of cream around the pears, covering the caramel.
- Finely grate the chocolate over the tart
Buy a shortcrust pastry case (pie shell)
Use tinned (canned) pears or if fresh pears are not fully ripe, poach them in fruit juice or wine until tender
If you don’t have a piping bag, spread the whipped cream over the caramel and then place the pears on top.
If you liked my Pear and Caramel Tart you might also enjoy some of these lovely pear desserts from Top Food Blogs.
- Chocolate Pear Cardamom Upside Down Cake – Tin & Thyme
- Chocolate Pear and Hazelnut Tart – How to Cook Good Food
- Gluten Free Chocolate and Pear Tart – Lancashire Food
- Pumpkin and Pear Amaretto Trifle – How to Cook Good Food
- Pear and Ginger Frangipane Crumble – Natural Kitchen Adventures
I’m entering this tart for Perfecting Patisserie, the monthly blogging challenge run Baking Queen 74