Pear Tarte Tatin


A few months ago I bought a bag of pears for easy snacking. Most of the time I much prefer eating fruit raw rather than cooking it, unless it’s jam of course. But although these pears were on the smaller side, they were a little too tart and hard to eat on their own. Prior to this I’d never eaten nor baked a tarte tatin and thought these pears were a good candidate. Let me just say it quickly became my favorite dessert! The was quick and simple: cook some butter and sugar together, add sliced pears, top off with a crust, and pop it in the oven for 30 minutes or so. The pears softened and sweetened up nicely as it baked in a buttery, caramel sauce and the edges of the crust became slightly chewy yet also slightly crispy. I ended up eating almost the whole thing myself. This definitely tasted best right out of the oven. I even made it for Christmas dinner, prepping everything before hand and popping it into the oven as we cleaned up the dining table.


Pear Tarte Tatin
1 flaky pastry crust (see below)
1/2 c sugar
3 T butter
3-4 pears, peeled, cored and sliced
juice of 1/2 lemon

Preheat oven to 425° F. Toss sliced pears with lemon juice and set aside. Roll out pastry crust and cut into 9″ circle about 1/4″ thick.

In an 8″ cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add sugar and stir until golden and caramelized, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain and discard any excess liquid from pears and arrange inside skillet in a circle (I used tongs for this). Carefully lift pastry crust and drape over pears, tucking edges in. Cut a few steam holes in crust, then bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for 10-15 minutes, then run a knife around the edge to loosen up. Place plate over skillet and quickly but carefully flip over. Serve with tea and/or ice cream!

Crust:
These are really quick directions for a crust so feel free to use your favorite pie crust recipe or even store bought puff pastry if you like.
1 c AP flour
1 t salt
6 T butter, cold and cut into small pieces

Combine ingredients in a medium sized bowl and rub butter into the flour using your fingertips, until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 1 T cold water (and up to 3 T) and gently knead until dough starts to form. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

la domestique January 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Your taste tatin looks so pretty and sounds delicious!

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Jenny @ BAKE January 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm

This is one of my favourite desserts! This looks delicious

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Rachel January 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Oh, I love a good tarte tatine, but I tend to get them from the patisserie when I’m at my French home rather than making them myself, as I can be a bit clumsy when it comes to turning them out!

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margaret January 22, 2013 at 5:57 am

It’s beautiful! almost too beautiful to eat…almost ;)

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