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Pear Tart

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)



Pear Tart

Photo © Molly Watson

Even Bartletts, which usually fall apart when cooked, will attractively keep their shape in this simple and tasty tart.

You can bake it in a square tart pan for a modern appeal, or lay the pears in concentric circles in a standard tart pan or pie plate for a classic and homier look.

Use your favorite store-bought crust or make your favorite pie crust recipe (I like to use this Flaky Pie Crust).

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes


  • 1 pie crust
  • 3 large, 4 medium, or 5 small pears, quartered, cored, peeled, and sliced
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 Tbsp.lemon juice


  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F.
  2. Line a 10-inch tart pan or pie with your favorite homemade or store-bought pie or tart crust. Alternatively, you can lay the rolled-out crust on a baking sheet for a free-form tart. Set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl toss pear slices with 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Arrange the pear slices on crust - you can just dump them in and spread them out for a very rustic dessert, or arrange them in neat rows or concentric circles for a more elegant presentation. Reserve 4 or 5 slices of pear. Crimp the edges of the crust (see how to crimp a pie crust here if you've never done it before), or roll them up a bit to create an edge if you've gone free-form.
  4. Bake the tart until the crust is brown on the edges and pears are tender, about 45 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, reserved pear slices, and 1/3 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a steady simmer and cook, undisturbed, until the syrup thickens, about 10 minutes. Set it aside.
  6. While tart cools, brush it generously with the syrup. Serve the tart warm or at room temperature.

Makes 1 Pear Tart which can serve 6 to 10.

User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Simplest Pear Recipe on the web, Member galfromdownunder

I like this because it has just 4 ingredients. I hate recipes that stress you out just looking at them. I use a Spelt Crust from Wholefoods which is great (2 for $4). I spread a bit of fig Trader Joe's fig jam on the bottom. You can also throw raw sliced almonds on top before baking, and the glaze can also be some quality preserve in a pinch. I bake in a simple $39 toaster oven. A nice custard can be made from milk (any kind) whisked with a couple of tbsp flour (any kind), nutmeg, tumeric for color and maple syrup, heated and whisked til thick. Bravo for 4-5 ingredient, no-stress recipes!

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