An elegant – yet simple – pear puff pastry tart recipe, highlighting fresh, seasonal pears, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and flaky, buttery pastry. Perfect for easy entertaining!
A slice of this ginger pear puff pastry may have been my breakfast this morning…
The nearly translucent, thin layers of fresh pear brushed with a sweet, spiced ginger sauce nestled seductively atop flaky, golden puff-pastry was just too much to resist. My own morning impulses aside, this lovely little pastry is a beautiful, autumnal dessert and fantastically simple to boot.
It comes together quickly to create an impressive and elegant tart, prime for entertaining… or early-morning snacking.
Why you’ll love this pear puff pastry tart:
My recipe itself is nearly foolproof. Start with a sheet of thawed puff pastry, brush with heavenly, ginger-spiced, brown sugar-infused butter, and top with sliced pears. Alternating the curvy slices creates a lovely ribbed pattern that elevates the pastry from its humble ingredients list.
A quick trip in the oven, and the puff pastry rises into dozens of flaky layers around the golden, caramelized pears. It’s sweet, and decadent, and almost too easy.
This pastry also takes advantage of the limited lifespan of pears – which I swear are only perfectly ripe for about an hour of their short lives – forgiving even to a slightly less-than-ripe or just so overly-soft specimen.
Try it warm from the oven with a spoonful of vanilla bean ice cream – any time of day!
The ingredients for this pear puff pastry tart
This pear tart comes together quickly with just 8 ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need:
- puff pastry: the flaky, buttery base of this tart. Store-bought frozen pastry works well (look for an all-butter version if you can find it!), and homemade puff pastry would take this tart to a whole other level.
- pears: of course! The stars of this tart. You’ll want to choose a firm, sweet variety such as Bosc or Anjou that will hold their shape through baking.
- butter and brown sugar: for a sweet glaze with butterscotch and caramel notes.
- ginger and cinnamon: these warming fall spices pair wonderfully with the pears. I love using fresh ginger here, but for a more mild flavor, you can also use half as much ground ginger.
- vanilla: to intensify all the other flavors.
- demerara sugar: for some last-minute sparkle. Any coarse sanding sugar will work (raw, turbinado, etc.), but this is the one I reach for most often.
Find all of the exact measurements and recipe instructions below.
How to make a simple pear tart:
From start to out-of-the-oven-finish in under an hour, this puff pastry tart couldn’t be simpler, even for a novice baker. You won’t need any special equipment, just a sheet pan, some good puff pastry, and sweet, in-season pears.
- Prepare the pastry: grab your defrosted puff pastry, and cut it to fit your pears, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Assemble the pear filling: Brush the puff pastry with a simple glaze of melted butter, brown sugar, and warming spices. Layer the pear slices on top of the pastry in a pretty, alternating pattern. Top with more gingery, brown sugar goodness, and sprinkle with some coarse sugar – demerara or turbinado – for extra sparkle.
- Bake and serve: bake until puffed and golden, then serve with a fresh whipped cream or scoops of ice cream.
Something so delicious almost shouldn’t be that easy. Happy baking!!
Puff Pastry Pear Tart FAQs
Bosc or Anjou pears are favorites for pies and tarts because they hold their shape and texture after baking. Forelle and Seckel pears would also be lovely, but are tiny, so you may need to add an extra pear. If you can only find Bartlett pears, be sure they are slightly underripe, as they can get mushy after baking.
It’s up to you! For this tart I don’t peel the pears, and like the texture and pattern they create when left on.
Nope. You can if you’d like to, but it’s not necessary. The puff pastry will rise around the pears naturally creating a border. There’s no need to roll out the pastry either. Once defrosted, handle the puff pastry as little as possible, and simply cut to fit the width of your pears.
Look for one made with all butter instead of shortening. The best store-bought option I’ve tried is Dufour, which I usually find at Whole Foods. It bakes up golden brown in the oven, even without an egg wash, and tastes like the real deal. Trader Joe’s also makes an all-butter puff pastry. That being said, when topped with buttery, spiced, brown sugar pear slices, and baked to golden perfection, just about any pastry will be delicious.
The one downside of frozen puff pastry is remembering – in advance – to defrost it. The best way is to do this slowly, overnight in the refrigerator, or up to 24 hours before you’re ready to bake.
Be sure to also try these other Fall favorites:
- Ginger pear hand pies
- Apple cider cinnamon rolls
- Caramel apple crumble bars
- Cider baked apples
- Cranberry pear puff pastry turnovers
If you make this pear tart, be sure to tag me on Instagram with the hashtag #forkknifeswoon and leave a comment and rating below letting me know how you liked it! ★★★★★ Star ratings are especially helpful because they help others find my recipes too. xo, Laura
Originally published on October 24th, 2012. I’m (slowly) going back through my recipe archives, updating some of my favorites with new photos and information.