Asian Pear Tart

Asian Pear Tart

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour

You can substitute regular pears in this recipe, but the Asian pears offer a slight firmness and delicate sweetness to the finished dish that I love! It’s a bit labor intensive in that you have to glaze your pears 4 times as it’s cooking and while it cools. This method will pay off though as it’s what will give it a real sheen, just like the tarts you see in a French patisserie. If this is too much for you, skip one or two of the glazings and it will taste just as good. This is delicious served with brunch or as a special dessert with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed at room temp for 20 minutes.
  • 1 egg slightly beaten with a little water (1 tbsp) to make an egg wash.
  • 2 large Asian Pears (firm but ripe, not soft or bruised — I like to use the Japanese variety called “nashi” that has a clear yellow, brown or yellow-brown skin).
  • 1/3 cup of NEW Fiordifrutta Pear Organic Fruit Spread and 2 tsp of water — you can substitute any other jam that would compliment the pears; orange, peach, fig juice of 1 lemon.
  • 2 tbsp of sugar.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. On a floured surface, roll out the pastry so that it’s about 14×6 inches — not too much bigger than its frozen state. Just keep evenly rolling it out until it’s the same thickness all around.
  3. Using a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut off about a 1/2 inch strip from each side.
  4. Using a pastry brush, dip the egg wash to glue your strips to the sides and wet the edges of the rectangle. Put the strips on the edges to form a rim around the rectangle. Then brush the entire pastry includes the tops of the trim with the egg wash and transfer to an un-greased baking sheet.
  5. Peel, halve and core the Asian pears. Cut into lengthwise thin slices. Squeeze some lemon juice over the pears to prevent discoloring.
  6. Microwave the jam and water for about 1 minute. Stir the melted jam and water so that it has a nice brushing consistency.
  7. Sprinkle the pastry with 1 tbsp of sugar all around.
  8. Arrange the pear slices on the pastry, overlapping them to make them attractive and uniform. Sprinkle the pears with another tbsp of sugar.
  9. Brush the tops of the pears with the melted jam.
  10. Bake for 15 minutes.
  11. Take it out of the oven and glaze again with the jam and water mixture.
  12. Continue baking for another 15 minutes.
  13. Remove from oven and glaze again but before you put it back in the oven, cover the edges with tinfoil so that they don’t burn.
  14. Continue baking for a final 15 minutes.
  15. Remove from oven and glaze one last time.
  16. Let cool completely before serving.
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