Easy Pear Tart is an easy, delicious and impressive dessert that is perfect for family dinners or a holiday dessert. Juicy sliced pears are fanned onto flaky pastry, baked until golden brown, then brushed with pear preserves for a delicious glossy sheen.
Free-form fruit tarts and galettes are quick and delicious use of seasonal fruit and because there’s fruit you can feel less guilty about eating dessert.
This is a versatile dessert because I like to use same recipe and change it up between pear and apple. Today, it’s pear.
This a dessert that is light and not too heavy. Perfect after a big meal with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream and we all know the biggest meal of the year is Thanksgiving so why not serve this?, The tart serves 12 so if you’re cooking for a crowd, this is the dessert for you.
Fruit tart options
You can change this tart with the seasons. Peaches are a delicious option, figs, strawberries, all berries in fact.
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Juicy sliced pears are fanned onto flaky pastry, baked until golden brown, then brushed with pear preserves for a delicious glossy sheen.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
2 cups (300 grams) all-purpose flour , plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 cup (118 ml) cold water
4 bosc or anjou pears
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons pear, apricot or peach jam
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
To a make the pastry in a food processor: Add the flour, salt, sugar and butter. Pulse until butter is combined. With the processor running, drizzle in the cold water until it start so clump and come together.
To make the pastry by hand: Add the flour, salt, sugar and butter to a large bowl. Using your fingertips (or a pastry cutter) rub the butter and flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. Drizzle in the water and mix using a fork until the it starts to come together and holds together when pressed in your hand. You may not need all of the water.
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and shape into a flattened ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C.
On a floured surface, roll the dough to a 11 x 15 rectangle. Roll the pastry over the rolling pin and transfer to the baking sheet. Refrigerate.
Slice the pears lengthwise in 1/4 inch slices.
Arrange the pear slices on the pastry, brush pastry edges and pears with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with the sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes until the pastry is golden then remove from the oven.
Heat the preserves in a microwave-safe dish for 20 seconds then brush all over the tart.
24 Comments on “Easy Pear Tart”
Great recipe and so easy for a non-baker…I used the “by hand ” method for the dough and it worked! I’ll check out your others!
Thank you so much for the feedback. I’m happy you enjoyed the tart.
Oh my word, just made this….I used apple butter instead of preserves, and that little bit of cinnamon put it over the top! I absolutely adore pears and this was perfect! Thanks!
I’m so happy you enjoyed the tart and I love the idea of the apple butter, I’ll give that a try.
So easy to make and ever so tasty – thanks for this recipe.
Thank you so much for the feedback, I’m glad you enjoyed the tart.
Well I was nervous to make this because it looks like it came from a bakery. But your instructions are easy to follow and it’s so pretty and delicious! Thank you.
I’m so glad you overcame your nerves and made the tart. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
I have one in the oven and smells amazing. I didn’t have ham or preserves so I used honey
I’m sure the honey worked fine. Hope you enjoyed it.
I am a diabetic, can I substitute Splenda for the sugar?
Hi Lisa, yes, I think this would work out fine. Thanks for stopping by.
I love when something looks super fancy and decadent but in reality it is so easy to make. Thanks for sharing this one!
Gorgeously simple, Janette. I recently ‘discovered’ making pastry in a food processor and you’re right, it’s so easy!
This would be a lovely quick dessert to serve to guests, and I can think of so many variations.
Love pears! Looks gorgeous! Pinned!
Hooray for pear season! Pears are my all-time favorite fruit – I seriously can’t get enough of them! So when I saw this pear tart I had to wipe the drool off of my computer. This looks truly phenomenal, Janette!
Oooh, this does look easy! And so delicious!
Move over pumpkin pie ~ this is absolutely stunning, Janette!
Beautiful recipe. I bet the pears taste terrific all roasted in the oven like this. Mmm…. perfect for Fall:)
This is how I like my dessert– gorgeous and easy. Love this– I’ll have to pick up some puff pastry next time I’m at the store!
This really is my kind of dessert – a little pastry and fruit – not a lot of sugar! Well done!
Such a beautiful dish, yet so simple to make! Utterly perfect!
This is one of my favorite fall desserts. I have a pear tart recipe that uses honey and rosemary and it is a fan and family favorite. Perfect way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
Beautifully executed! I love peach and apricot added. All favorites of mine. Thanks!