Caramel Pear Tart

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 A simple, rustic tart featuring pears with caramel sauce.  

Caramel Pear Tart - a simple tart featuring pears and caramel.

I’m back with more delicious fall flavors. This time I’m all about the pears and caramel.

I saw some of these gorgeous pears on a trip to the grocery store and they were begging to be turned into a dessert. Combined with the caramel sauce that was waiting in the fridge, I knew it would be awesome.

You already know of my love affair with caramel from my caramel stuffed pretzel cookies, but in the past few weeks, it feels like I have made batches and batches of drippy, sticky, sweet caramel.

So get excited because it has all went into recipes for this fall and they are awesome!

Caramel Pear Tart - a simple tart featuring pears and caramel.

Even though it still is 80 or 90 degrees and humid this week, I’ve been experimenting with more pumpkin things than I can count.

I’m still holding off on my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. I like them hot and its still way to warm for me to drink one.

Anyway, back to these simple caramel pear tarts.  They involve a handful of ingredients, are simple to make and are best enjoyed warm from the oven.

Desserts that you can eat right from the oven are my favorites; no waiting around for it to cool and then frost. My favorite way to enjoy this is with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Carmel Pear Tart

I love using fresh, seasonal ingredients in my recipes, and when I saw these cheery, little pears at the grocery store I couldn’t resist featuring them in this simple tart recipe.

To keep the pears the star of this dessert, I kept the other ingredients to a minimum, a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a drizzle of caramel.

If you are comfortable making a pie crust, this recipe will be a snap for you. If pie crust making challenges you, there is always the route of buying a pre-made crust.

With a little bit of practice, I promise that you can whip out your own lovely pie crusts easily. This dessert is best served warm from the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

Caramel Pear Tart - a simple tart featuring pears and caramel.

Caramel Pear Tart Recipe

Crust Ingredients

1 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour

3/4 tsp salt

2 T sugar

1/2 cup shortening

1/4 cup ice cold water

Filling Ingredients

4 cups of peeled and thinly sliced pears

1 T corn starch

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup caramel sauce, homemade or store-bought

1 egg, beaten

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, salt and sugar. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender until pea sized crumbs form. Sprinkle the cold water over the mixture, lightly stirring with a fork until dough forms into a ball. Avoid over mixing or handling the dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour. This makes it much easier to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Toss together the pears, corn starch, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl until they are coated. Set aside. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a 12 inch circle. Transfer onto a flat cookie sheet. Arrange the pears on the dough, leaving a 3 inch space around the edge. Drizzle the caramel sauce over the pears.
  • Gently fold the rim of the dough over the pears. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake for 20-23 minutes or until pears are tender and the crust is golden brown. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream if desired.

{This recipe was originally shared 9/3/14 as a guest post for Mandy’s Recipe Box.}

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