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ginger pear puff pastry tart

Easy Ginger Pear Puff Pastry Tart


  • Author: Laura Bolton
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

An elegant – yet simple – pear puff pastry tart recipe, highlighting fresh, seasonal pears, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, and flaky, buttery pastry. Perfect for easy entertaining and a holiday favorite!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, defrosted ¹
  • 2 pears, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger, finely minced ²
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp demerara sugar (or coarse sanding sugar)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400℉. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Place the puff pastry on a clean, lightly-floured work surface. Cut a rectangle about 7″ wide by 10″ long, or so that the puff-pastry is about 3/4″ wider than the pear slices on each side. Gently transfer the pastry to your prepared baking sheet.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, ginger, vanilla extract, and cinnamon, mixing well. Using a pastry brush, generously brush the top of the puff pastry with the butter mixture.
  4. Leaving a 3/4″ border, layer the pear slices on top of the puff pastry, alternating directions to create a wave-like pattern.
  5. Brush the top of the pears with the remaining butter mixture, and sprinkle with the demerara sugar.
  6. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and puffed around the edges and the pears are tender.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for at least ten minutes before slicing. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Enjoy!!

Notes

¹ It’s a little bit more expensive, but using a high-quality, all-butter puff pastry such as Dufour (available at specialty markets such as Whole Foods) does make a difference in the overall flavor of this tart. Also, store-bought puff pastry is easiest to work with if you let it slowly defrost in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours prior to baking.

² I love using fresh ginger here, but you can also substitute 1/4-1/2 tsp ground ginger too.

How to store:

This pear tart (as with most puff pastry desserts) is best the day of, warm from the oven. It will keep for 1-2 days in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, but will naturally absorb moisture and become soggier over time. Reheat in the oven to crisp up before serving.

  • Category: Baking, Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American, French

Keywords: pear puff pastry tart, pear tart, ginger, easy, pear pastry, pear dessert