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Bake a Perfect Pear Tart

Updated on September 18, 2014

A pear tart recipe collection for every home pastry chef

A rustic pear tart to top off Thanksgiving dinner. A refined French pear tart to showcase your home-chef chops. An enchantingly nutty pear almond tart in lieu of the infinitely less interesting pecan or apple pie. Which pear tart recipe will you pick today?

My brother-in-law introduced our family to homemade pear tart a couple of years ago, and at this point it's probably the most requested recipe in his formidable dessert lineup. Here, a best-of list to help you wow your family or guests as much as he did.

(photo: Stacy Spensley cc ~ cropped for shape)

Rustic Pear Tart

Can dozens of happy cook-reviewers be wrong? I doubt it. Maybe it's the touch of buttermilk in the crust that sets this dish apart. But even with a premade pie crust, folks say, the results are delicious.

*** Ellie Krieger's recipe for rustic pear tart ***

Funny, I don't necessarily associate Guy Fieri with pastry chefery, but his tart recipe also sounds great. He too uses buttermilk, plus a bit of ginger.

*** Guy Fieri's recipe for rustic pear tart ***

Peeling the pears is optional, suggests one fan of this straightforward recipe:

*** Eating Well's version of rustic pear tart ***

(photo: milena mihaylova via photopin cc)

French Pear Tart / Pear Almond Tart

Pear & almond is truly a match made in heaven, and nobody understands that better than the French. Pear almond tart is an absolute classic in French pastry, says Dorie Greenspan, who -- in her intro to this first recipe -- also explains why I love the crust so much. In reality, she says, it's a cookie dough, like the kind used for buttery-beautiful French sables. Add perfect pears and almond cream and, well, how can it get any better?

*** Dorie Greenspan's recipe for pear almond tart ***

Want a cakier take? The lovely photos may lure you toward this blogger's recipe.

*** Kirsten's recipe (My Kitchen In the Rockies) for French pear tart ***

Reporting from Paris, blogger David Lebovitz claims many patisseries there use -- gasp -- canned pears for their tarts. Can it be? Dorie Greenspan also gives a thumbs-up to canned pears. Not sure I'd go that route, but I would try this yummy-sounding recipe.

*** David Lebovitz's recipe for French pear tart ***

(linoleum block art: Savoir-Pear)

Pears are in season from late summer through fall and winter, making them a perfect holiday dessert component. But a rustic pear tart is perfect for any day you can get good pears.

Learn more about pear types and uses. (Spoiler alert: Anjou is the most versatile...)

A high-quality stoneware tart or pie dish makes a tremendous difference in how your crust -- your whole dish, in fact -- comes out. I use and love my Emile Henry pie and tart dishes for desserts and much more, but given the competitive prices (as of fall 2014) on the Le Creuset version and how impressed I've been with my Le Creuset dutch oven, I think this brand's dish is well worth a try too.

Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart Tart Dish, Cherry
Le Creuset Stoneware 1-1/2-Quart Tart Dish, Cherry

This is the classic dish for a thin French tart. Stoneware distributes heat evenly and is a breeze to clean, after you've devoured your dessert.

 
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red

Any deeper-dish pie will bake like a dream in this one. I use mine for quiches, too, and even braising meat -- just cover tightly with foil, cook "low and slow" in the oven, and the Burgundian clay tenderizes beef beautifully.

 

~~ how 'bout a pear crumble? ~~

Pressed for time? A pear crumble is almost as delectable as a pear tart (some may even prefer it ... I've had a soft spot for crumbles ever since my dad made them when we were little kids). These easy recipes will please any pear lovers.

*** Simple version - Pear Crumble ***

*** Decadent version - Pear Crumble with Caramel ***

Not only do pears pack vitamin C & fiber, but studies show they may help prevent diabetes, heart disease & cancer. No word on whether butter & sugar offset these benefits, but hey, we'll take good news where we can get it ;)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Trying different foods with say pears replacing apples sounds interesting. I have never had a pear tart. I would like to try it.

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      TealRose 4 years ago

      I have never made a pear tart but definitely want to try!!!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I have to try it. Looks delicius :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yummyyyy :) <3. nice lens

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      fivestead 4 years ago

      Looks delicious, thanks for sharing.

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      GrimRascal 4 years ago from Overlord's Castle

      I wonder what it tastes like

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      Splodgered 4 years ago

      they look amazing. Going to have to bake today

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never made a pear tart, but I have eaten it at a French bistro and it is heavenly.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They do look yummy -

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      I agree, looks really yummy.

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      GeekGirl1 4 years ago

      I agree, looks really yummy.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      yummy!!!

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      college-cooking 4 years ago

      Looks yummy!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is looks dilicious.

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      Stephen Bush 4 years ago from Ohio

      Pears just don't get the respect that they deserve. The pears of the world thank you!

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      TyGatti LM 4 years ago

      I've never tried a pear tart before, think I might have to have a go at making one :) thanks for sharing these recipes :)

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      judylou21 4 years ago

      I love pears,but I've never made a pie with pears, sounds great. Thanks for the recipe.

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      Jeanne Grunert 4 years ago from Prospect, Virginia

      I love making pear tarts. They are fairly easy to make and absolutely delicious on a crisp fall day. Great recipe links - thanks for sharing them!