Pear Tart


Eggless Fall Gluten Free High Altitude No Seed Oils Pies & Tarts | Published September 30, 2021 by Mimi Council

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This simple Pear Tart starts with a buttery and flaky crust, it's filled with fresh pears, and topped with a streusel topping and finished with a sweet glaze. This delicious Pear Tart makes the best dessert, afternoon snack, or even brunch!

If you love making tarts as much as I do, then be sure to check out some of my other favorite tart recipes like my Apricot Cheesecake Tart, Chocolate Peanut Butter Tart, or my Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart.

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I have a million pears. Okay, well not a million, but I have lots. My friend just moved down to Bishop on a really sweet property with tons of fruit trees, pears being one of them. He has more pears than he knows what to do with and thankfully I reap the benefits of that! He brings me pears, I bake him this Pear Tart.

And let me tell you, this Pear Tart is the perfect fall dessert! This simple Pear Tart is slightly spicy, full of sweet pear flavor, topped with a streusel topping, and a sweet glaze! I actually used pears that were not completely ripe yet, and it made this tart turn out amazing. Pears can have a tendency to get mushy quickly. So, using pears that aren't quite ripe yet for something like this tart is best. This is because it gets baked and cooked, and that will soften the pears. So if they are already very ripe, it can sometimes get too soft and it won't taste as good.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

Contrasting Texture: I love this Pear Tart with a streusel topping because of the fantastic textural contrast. The tender, melt-in-your-mouth pears are complemented by the crisp, crumbly streusel, which adds a satisfying crunch to every bite. This combination of soft and crunchy textures makes the tart incredibly enjoyable to eat.

Buttery Crust: This Pear Tart has a buttery and flaky pie crust.

Streusel Topping: The streusel topping on this tart is the best part. The buttery, crispy, little bits of butter and sugar are the perfect compliment to the fresh pears beneath.

Glaze: You can't have a streusel topping without glaze, in my opinion. This sweet glaze makes this tart perfect!

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Ingredients

Organic Valley Salted Butter

Wholesome Organic Cane Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Organic Cornstarch

Cairnspring Mills Organic All Purpose Flour (use code MIMIORGANIC15 for 15% off your order!)

Frontier Co-Op Organic Korintje Cinnamon

Frontier Co-Op Organic Nutmeg

Homemade Organic Light Brown Sugar

Frontier Co-Op Fine Sea Salt

Florida Crystals Organic Powdered Sugar

Organic Valley Grassmilk

Organic Pears

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Tools Needed

Digital Food Scale

Stand Mixer

9.5-inch Tart Pan

Parchment Paper (get my favorite nontoxic parchment paper and get 10% off with MIMIBAKES)

Pie Weights (or rice)

Rolling Pin

Mixing Bowl

Whisk

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Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

To make the crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour and cane sugar. Turn on low for two to three rotations to combine the dry ingredients.

Remove the butter from the fridge and cut the stick into four pieces. From there, chop the pieces into small cubes; the smaller the cubes, the flakier the crust. Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture.

Measure out the cold water and have ready. Turn the mixer on low and slowly start to incorporate all the flour, cane sugar, and butter. Gradually turn the mixer to medium speed. Once the butter mixture looks like wet sand, immediately add in all the water. As soon as the dough comes together, stop the mixer.

Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Step 3

On a floured surface, roll out the crust to ¼-inch thick. Place in a 9.5-inch tart pan and form against the sides. Fold over any edges to create even sides that are flush with the edge of the pan.

Place a piece of parchment paper into the tart pan and fill with rice or pie weights. Parbake the crust for 25 minutes, remove the rice and parchment paper, and bake again for 15 minutes.

Step 4

To make the filling: In a medium bowl, add the cane sugar, cornstarch, flour, and sea salt and whisk together. Add the pears and toss together and fold until you don’t see any dry bits and the pears are completely coated. Set aside.

Step 5

To make the topping: In a medium bowl, add the flour, light brown sugar, and melted butter. Stir with a spatula until combined.

Step 6

Fill the tart crust with the pear filling, and crumble the topping on top.

Step 7

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely. (If you're baking at high altitude, be sure to check the Notes at the bottom of the recipe for high altitude baking instructions).

Step 8

To make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until a smooth glaze forms. Drizzle over the top of the tart.

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Baker's Tips

  • Make sure to use cold butter for the crust. It is very important to use cold butter when making pie crust, as it helps make it flaky.
  • If you are new to making pie crust, check out my post All Butter Pie Crust for all the tips and ticks for making the best pie crust.
  • I used a 9.5-inch tart pan, you can find it here. If you only have a 9-inch tart pan, you could also use that in its place too.
  • It is best to use pears that are not fully ripe. They should be firm still. This will help give this Pear Tart the best texture once fully baked. This is helpful if you have pears that are not quite ripe yet!

FAQ's

Can I use another kind of fruit?

Yes, this recipe would also work with apples or peaches.

How should I store this?

Store in a cool dry place. I just leave it out on the counter for a couple days while we eat it.

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Pear Tart

Mimi Council
When pears are in season, make this amazing Pear Tart. It has a buttery and flaky crust, with a spiced pear filling, crumble topping, and a drizzle of sweet glaze on top.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Makes 8 servings
Calories 442 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Crust

Filling

Topping

Glaze

Instructions
 

  • To make the crust: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add the flour and cane sugar. Turn on low for two to three rotations to combine the dry ingredients.
  • Remove the butter from the fridge and cut the stick into four pieces. From there, chop the pieces into small cubes; the smaller the cubes, the flakier the crust. Add the cold cubed butter to the flour mixture.
  • Measure out the cold water and have ready. Turn the mixer on low and slowly start to incorporate all the flour, cane sugar, and butter. Gradually turn the mixer to medium speed. Once the butter mixture looks like wet sand, immediately add in all the water. As soon as the dough comes together, stop the mixer.
  • Form the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to cool in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • On a floured surface, roll out the crust to ¼-inch thick. Place in a 9.5-inch tart pan and form against the sides. Fold over any edges to create even sides that are flush with the edge of the pan.
  • Place a piece of parchment paper into the tart pan and fill with rice or pie weights. Parbake the crust for 25 minutes, remove the rice and parchment paper, and bake again for 15 minutes.
  • To make the filling: In a medium bowl, add the cane sugar, cornstarch, flour, and sea salt and whisk together. Add the pears and toss together and fold until you don’t see any dry bits and the pears are completely coated. Set aside.
  • To make the topping: In a medium bowl, add the flour, light brown sugar, and melted butter. Stir with a spatula until combined.
  • Fill the tart crust with the pear filling, and crumble the topping on top.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  • To make the glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until a smooth glaze forms. Drizzle over the top of the tart.
  • Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 days.

Notes

High Altitude — Bake at 350°F for 20 minutes for the first parbake, remove the rice and parchment paper, and bake again for 10 minutes. Once filled, bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Nutrition

Calories: 442kcalCarbohydrates: 69gProtein: 4gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 126mgFiber: 3gSugar: 42gVitamin A: 549IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2mg
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